Departmental 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 some awards may also be given to students who have not received as much funding as other students in the department.

Departmental Graduate Fellowships typically range between $500 and $10,000. Award amounts, and the total number of awards made, may 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.

Browse Fellowships

60th Anniversary Fellowship

Provides support for Social Welfare graduate fellowships.

Allgeyer Family Fellowship

Provides financial support to MSW students who plan on pursuing careers serving children and families in need.

Birgeneau Fellowship

Provides support for doctoral students, with a preference for students specializing in child welfare issues.

Bradner-Cornet Fellowship

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

Britt Fellowship

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

Carrillo Endowed Fellowship

Provides financial aid to 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.

Carter Fellowship

Provides support for Social Welfare graduate students.

CASAS Fellowship

Awarded to social work students who have the potential to make significant contributions to the field of aging.

Catalano-Smith Fellowship

Provides support for an MSW student specializing in Advancing Health and Well-being across the Adult Lifespan.

Chickering Fellowship

Provides financial support to MSW students who plan on pursuing careers serving children and families in need.

Chow and Lee Fellowship

Supports graduate students in the School of Social Welfare who demonstrate high academic distinction.

Covington Fellowship

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

Crook Fellowship

Supports MSW students who plan on pursuing careers in public service.

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.

Edleson-Shetty Fellowship

Supports high-achieving students interested in the intersection of social welfare and public policy, particularly those students pursuing a joint MSW/MPP degree at Berkeley.

Ellis Scholarship

Provides financial support to MSW students with demonstrated financial need for expenses (transportation costs, etc.) related to attending field placements.

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

Stipend-based training programs provide support for eligible MSW students in certain fields of study.

Gershenson Endowed Fellowship

Supports graduate students in the School of Social Welfare who demonstrate a high level of academic distinction.

Gibbs Fellowship

Awarded to a second-year MSW student in the Strengthening Children, Youth and Families specialization, with a second year field placement in a multicultural setting; or who is working with multicultural families within a second-year field placement.

Goode Fellowship

Supports graduate students in the School of Social Welfare.

Graduate Minority Student Fellowship

Provides support for minority graduate students in the School of Social Welfare.

Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowship

Awarded to master's students who meet diversity requirements and demonstrate financial need.

Greenwood Prize

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

Harry Specht Fellowship

Supports second-year MSW students specializing in either Strengthening Organizations and Communities; or Strengthening Children, Youth and Families.

Holmstrup Fellowship

Provides tuition or fee assistance for Social Welfare graduate students based on financial need.

Hom and Gin Family Fellowship

Provides fellowship support for master's students in the School of Social Welfare.

Hutto Gordon International Fellowship

Supports graduate 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

Awarded to students pursuing careers in school social work.

Ikenberg Fellowship

Awarded to MSW students studying in the Strengthening Children, Youth and Families specialization.

Jeff Jue Award

Awarded to an MSW student pursuing a career in public sector mental health services, with a preference for those in a field placement working with older adults.

Johnson Fellowship

Awarded to MSW students demonstrating high academic distinction.

Kleiner Fellowship

Provides support for MSW students pursuing careers in social work with older adults.

Kramer Award

Awarded to an outstanding graduating MSW student in the Strengthening Organizations and Communities (SOC) specialization.

MacDonald Fellowship

Supports MSW students who plan on pursuing careers serving low-income, vulnerable individuals, particularly the physically or mentally disabled.

Mack Fellowship

Provides support for social welfare graduate students specializing in nonprofit organization management.

Mason Fellowship

Provides support for doctoral students, with a preference for students studying issues relating to families and child welfare.

Meldrum Fellowship

Supports MSW students who plan careers in the area of health and medical social work with older persons.

Midanik Doctoral Fellowship

Provides financial support for a doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare.

Midanik-Blum Fellowship

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

Midgley Doctoral Award

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

Nathan Fellowship

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

O'Day Fellowship

Awarded to a master’s student pursuing careers in aging services.

O'Shea Scholarship

Awarded to an MSW student preparing for direct clinical practice of social work with children and adolescents.

Riva Specht Fellowship

Awarded to an MSW student or students pursuing careers in aging or health services.

Solis Family Fellowship

Supports Social Welfare graduate students who are preparing for careers to serve Raza (Latino) people and communities.

Tang Fellowship

Supports graduate students in the School of Social Welfare with a specialization in mental health.

Valentine-Pannor Fellowship

Supports a second year MSW student, who is assigned to a field placement at Stanford Hospital and Medical Center.

Wurzel Family Fellowship

Awarded to MSW students interested in careers in public welfare, public health or medical care programs.