Mary O'Day Gerontology Fellowship

The Mary O'Day Gerontology Fellowship was established in 1992 to honor Mary O'Day, a longtime Berkeley Social Welfare field consultant and lecturer. A pioneer in gerontological social work, Mary O'Day served on the Social Welfare faculty for 20 years as Coordinator of the Gerontology Program.

The O'Day Fellowship supports MSW students pursuing careers in aging services. Preference may be given to those who have not received as much funding from the department as other students in the department.

For the 2022-23 academic year, the Mary O'Day Gerontology Fellowship will provide a $1,500 cash stipend ($750 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 pursuing a career in aging services. 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 in aging services.
    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.