Departmental Fellowships

About Departmental Graduate Fellowships

Social Welfare Departmental Graduate Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic distinction and merit, demonstrated financial need, or a combination of both. Preference for these departmentally restricted awards may also be given to students who have not received as much funding as other students in the department. 

Departmental fellowships are meant to help subsidize the cost of graduate school and generally do not cover the entire cost of attendance. Award amounts typically range from $500 to $10,000. Actual amounts, and the total number of awards made, vary from year to year depending on availability of funds.

Some need-based fellowship funds can be used only for students who have demonstrated financial need through a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students who are eligible to file a FAFSA should submit a completed FAFSA by the priority deadline to be eligible and considered for any university funding, including Departmental Graduate Fellowships. 

To understand how departmental awards may affect other financial aid eligibility, please see the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office's Graduate Award Guide.

How to Apply for Departmental Fellowships

Entering (Newly Admitted) Students

All applicants to graduate study at Berkeley Social Welfare are automatically considered for all available fellowship awards during the admissions review process. Fellowship offers are generally made to successful applicants at the time of admission notification; an additional fellowship application is not required for newly admitted incoming students. To ensure consideration for all possible awards, all applicants to graduate study should complete the "Economic Background" section of the online Graduate and Professional Application for Admission.

Continuing Students

Annual applications for departmental fellowships are distributed to all continuing students when they become available, usually in the spring semester of each year, for awards given in the following academic year.

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Al and Marguerite Johnson Fellowship

For MSW students demonstrating high academic distinction.

Birgeneau Fellowship

For Social Welfare doctoral students specializing in child welfare issues.

Bradner-Cornet Fellowship

For MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree students, or MSW students specializing in Strengthening Organizations and Communities.

Charles O'Shea Memorial Scholarship

For MSW students preparing for direct clinical practice of social work with children and adolescents.

Chow and Lee Memorial Fellowship

For Social Welfare graduate students demonstrating high academic distinction.

Doris J. Britt Fellowship

For MSW students preparing for careers serving low-income African-American communities, and with field placements in public or faith-based institutions.

Ed and Harriett Nathan Fellowship

For MSW students pursuing careers and related field placements in the philanthropic, nonprofit or public human services related to child welfare and mental health.

Elizabeth Shea Holmstrup Fellowship

For Social Welfare graduate students demonstrating financial need.

Excellence in Social Work Practice Award

Presented to a graduating MSW student each year based on nominations from field site supervisors.

Excellence in Social Work Research Award

Presented each year to the graduating MSW student or students who submitted the most outstanding project for the yearlong MSW research course.

Field-based Stipend Programs for MSW Students

For eligible MSW students in certain fields of study.

Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowship

For incoming master's students who meet diversity requirements and demonstrate financial need.

Greenwood Emeritus Prize in Writing

Awarded to a graduating MSW student or students demonstrating excellence in writing.

Harry Specht Memorial Fellowship

For 2nd-year MSW students specializing in Strengthening Organizations and Communities, or Strengthening Children, Youth and Families.

Hom and Gin Family Fellowship

For MSW students interested in pursuing social work with Asian or Hispanic families.

Hutto Gordon International Fellowship

For Social Welfare students who are participating in an international experience such as a study abroad course, international internship, or field placement in an international setting.

Hutto-Patterson Fellowship in School Social Work

For MSW students pursuing careers in school social work.

Irene MacDonald Fellowship

For MSW students pursuing careers serving low-income, vulnerable individuals, particularly the physically or mentally disabled.

James and Khadija Midgley Doctoral Award

Awarded annually to the best doctoral dissertation within the School of Social Welfare.

Jean Allgeyer Family Fellowship

For MSW students pursuing careers serving children and families in need.

Jeff Jue Award

For MSW students pursuing a career in public sector mental health services, with a preference for those in a field placement working with older adults.

Jeffrey Edleson and Sudha Shetty Fellowship

For high-achieving graduate students interested in the intersection of social welfare and public policy.

Jewelle Taylor Gibbs Multicultural Fellowship

For 2nd-year MSW students specializing in Strengthening Children, Youth and Families, and with a 2nd-year field placement in a multicultural setting or working with multicultural families.

Joan Ellis Scholarship

For MSW students with demonstrated financial need related to expenses for attending field placements.

Luis Carrillo Endowed Fellowship

For Social Welfare graduate students who are from Puerto Rico or of Puerto Rican ancestry, and who intend to work within the Puerto Rican and/or Hispanic communities.

Mabel Winifred Goode Social Welfare Fellowship

For Social Welfare graduate students.

Mack Graduate Fellowship

For Social Welfare graduate students specializing in nonprofit organization management.

Martha Chickering Fellowship

For MSW students pursuing careers serving children and families in need.

Mary Ann Mason Graduate Fellowship

For Social Welfare doctoral students studying issues relating to families and child welfare.

Mary O'Day Gerontology Fellowship

For MSW students pursuing careers in aging services.

Maxine Meldrum Fellowship

For MSW students planning careers in health and medical social work with older persons.

Midanik Doctoral Fellowship

For Social Welfare doctoral students .

Midanik-Blum Fellowship

For Social Welfare graduate students pursuing careers in health services, with preference given to students in the MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree program.

Minna B. Crook Fellowship

For MSW students pursuing careers in public service.

Ralph M. Kramer Award

Awarded to an outstanding graduating MSW student specializing in Strengthening Organizations and Communities.

Rintha M. Carter Fellowship

For Social Welfare graduate students.

Riva Specht Memorial Fellowship

For MSW students pursuing careers in aging or health services.

Rose Kleiner Memorial Fellowship in Gerontology

For MSW students pursuing careers in social work with older adults.

Sasha Ikenberg Fellowship

For MSW students pursing social work careers serving children, youth and families.

Silda E. Covington Fellowship

For MSW students whose educational focus is on services to families and children.

Social Welfare 60th Anniversary Fellowship

For Social Welfare graduate students.

Social Welfare Dean's Award for Social Justice

Awarded to an individual MSW student or group of MSW students who have exemplified outstanding advocacy for social justice in the past year.

Social Welfare Graduate Minority Student Fellowship

For Social Welfare underrepresented minority graduate students.

Solis Family Fellowship

For Social Welfare graduate students preparing for careers to serve Raza (Latinx) people and communities.

Sue Ann Gershenson Endowed Fellowship

For Social Welfare graduate students demonstrating a high level of academic distinction and interested in working with families affected by violence and abuse.

Summer Fellowships

Summer Fellowship awards for Social Welfare Graduate Students.

Tang Opportunity Fellowship in Mental Health

For Social Welfare graduate students specializing in mental health.

Valentine-Pannor Fellowship

For 2nd-year MSW students assigned to a field placement at Stanford Hospital and Medical Center.

Wurzel Family Graduate Fellowship

For MSW students pursuing careers in public welfare, public health or medical care programs.