Irene MacDonald Fellowship

The Irene MacDonald Fellowship was established in 2010 by the family of Irene MacDonald. Irene Macdonald was a native of San Francisco and an alumna of the MSW program at Berkeley. She was a longtime social worker, field instructor for the School of Social Welfare, and advocate for people with disabilities.

The MacDonald Fellowship provides financial support to MSW students who plan on pursuing careers serving low-income, vulnerable individuals, particularly the physically or mentally disabled.  Preference may be given to students who have not received as much funding from the department as other students in the department.

For the 2022-23 academic year, the Irene MacDonald Fellowship will provide a $2,000 cash stipend ($1000 each semester for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023).

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for this fellowship, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Must be a current MSW student in good academic standing.
  2. Must have an Expected Graduation Term of Spring 2023. Students graduating in Fall 2022, or Summer 2023 or later, are not eligible.
  3. Must demonstrate evidence of current, previous or anticipated experience oriented to pursuing a career serving low-income, vulnerable individuals, particularly the physically or mentally disabled. You will be asked to upload a current résumé/CV to the online fellowship application form.

How to Apply

Complete the online 2022-23 Social Welfare Departmental Graduate Fellowship Application (Google Form) by 5:00 p.m. on the application deadline. No late applications will be accepted or considered.

Application Deadline

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Application Requirements

  1. You must be signed into your @berkeley.edu email address to access the online application form.
  2. This fellowship application requires an applicant Statement of Interest and Need:
    Please upload to your online application form a brief statement (no more than three (3) typed, double-spaced pages; Document or PDF file formats only) describing:
    1. your personal and professional interests, experiences, and anticipated career goals that evidence your preparation for a career serving low-income, vulnerable individuals, particularly the physically or mentally disabled.
    2. any unique financial situations and/or hardships that may help us better understand your financial need. Any information provided will be used only for SSW fellowship consideration.
  3. This fellowship application requires a current résumé/CV:
    Please upload a Document or PDF file of your current résumé or Curriculum Vitae to the online application form.

Awards will be announced by June 1, 2022.