Martha Chickering Fellowship

The Martha Chickering Fellowship was established in 1994 through a fundraising campaign conducted by the Chickering Fellowship Committee, which was comprised of Berkeley Social Welfare alumni from the Classes of the 1930s.

Martha Chickering is a distinguished alumna of UC Berkeley and the School of Social Welfare. She first graduated from Berkeley in 1910, the same year she served as President of the Associated Women Students of UC. She returned in 1928 to enroll in the newly accredited social services certificate program in the Department of Economics at Berkeley, the precursor to the School of Social Welfare MSW Program. In 1932 she became the program's director.

In 1936, Martha received her Ph.D. in economics from Berkeley. She was appointed Assistant Professor in Berkeley's Curriculum in Social Service the same year. In 1939 she became the Director of the California State Department of Social Welfare and served in that capacity for six years. Professor Martha Chickering was inducted into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction in 2003.

The Martha Chickering Fellowship​ supports MSW students who plan on pursuing careers serving children and families in need.

2021-22 Martha Chickering Fellowship Award

For the 2021-22 academic year, the Martha Chickering Fellowship will provide a total of $5,000 in financial support, consisting of:

  • A $4,000 credit towards payment of tuition and fees ($2,000 each semester for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022).
  • A $1,000 cash stipend ($500 each semester for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022).

Preference may be given to students who have not received as much funding from the department as other students in the department.

Awards will be announced by June 1, 2021.

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 be pursuing the specialization in Strengthening Children, Youth and Families.
  3. Must have an Expected Graduation Term of Spring 2022. Students graduating in Fall 2021, or Summer 2022 or later, are not eligible.
  4. Must demonstrate evidence of current, previous or anticipated experience oriented to serving children and families in need. You will be asked to upload a current résumé/CV to the online fellowship application form.

How to Apply

Complete the online 2021-22 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 14, 2021 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 in social work with children, youth and families;
    2. your anticipated career goals and contributions you hope to make through a career as a child and family social worker; 
    3. experiences that demonstrate a commitment to serving children and families in need; and,
    4. and 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.