Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative

Click here to access a recording of a Q&A webinar with prospective applicants on March 17, 2016.

The Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice (FSPEP) and the Casey Family Programs have provided generous funding to CSWE to create the Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative. This project is intended to seed innovation and to develop new models for an integrated approach to heighten the policy skill set of all undergraduate and graduate level social work students, regardless of specialization. Social workers can greatly improve the effectiveness of policy and service efforts designed to ameliorate persistent poverty and growing inequality if all social workers, regardless of specialization, are better prepared to understand and act on the policy implications of their work on a daily basis.

This initiative will solicit and fund projects from interested schools of social work that enrich and expand policy-related field placements as well as advance, strengthen, and increase the value and quantity of policy practice experiences for all students of social work regardless of their specialization or degree. In addition to improving student knowledge and application of policy-related skills, the project also aims to deepen their ability to understand and analyze the intersections of race, ethnicity, and poverty within a policy context.

To accomplish these goals, CSWE is awarding grants for the following opportunities:

• Developing or enhancing field placement experiences in policy practice
• Creating policy-related community engagement experiences for students outside of field

RFP Application

Please submit your cycle 2 application through the application system at https://cswe.fluidreview.com. Only completed applications submitted through the on-line application system will be accepted. Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on May 26, 2016. Selected awardees will be notified by e-mail by June 30, 2016. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact awalters@cswe.org. For any technical support within the application system, please utilize the "Help" feature or contact support@fluidreview.com.

A work group, composed of representatives of the FSPEP; CSWE staff; members of CSWE’s Council on Field Education; and the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors will advise and guide the overall effort and help select awardees.