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Field-based Stipend Programs

Stipend-based training programs provide support for eligible MSW students in certain fields of study. Some stipend programs are offered in exchange for a contractually obligated, post-graduation employment commitment for a specified time period.

Cal-Child Welfare Leadership Training (Cal-CWLT) Program

The Cal-CWLT initiative prepares MSW students for leadership in child welfare practice post-graduation. Students participate in the second year of the MSW program, and receive an annual stipend of $19,110 for one year. There is a contractual, one-year child welfare employment requirement post-graduation for participating MSW students. To be eligible, students must be in a field internship placement in a program that receives contract money from the San Francisco Human Services Agency to provide child welfare related services.

  • Applications are distributed in early spring each year, for stipend awards given for the following academic year.
  • For the 2018-19 academic year, which is expected to be the final year of this stipend program, up to six (6) Cal-CWLT stipend awards are anticipated to be available.

Child Welfare Scholars Program

The Child Welfare Scholars Program is Berkeley's implementation of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program, administered by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC).

Selected Child Welfare Scholars receive a training stipend of $18,500 per academic year for up to two years, in exchange for a post-graduation work commitment of least two years in a California county public child welfare service agency. Eligible students who have been accepted for admission to the MSW Program may participate in the Child Welfare Scholars Program.

Integrative Behavioral Health MSW Stipend Program

This program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training initiative, the purpose of which is to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce to better address the needs of medically underserved areas and populations across the lifespan. The overall goal of this stipend and training program is to expand regional capacity for the provision of high-quality behavioral health care services to communities in need in the Bay Area, through greater integration of primary care and behavioral health care services, and the training of MSW students, social work faculty, and field placement supervisors in the IBH model. 

Students participate in the second year of the MSW program, and receive an annual stipend of $10,000 for one yearTo be eligible, students must be in a field internship placement located in one of the nine Bay Area counties, and be providing behavioral health services integrated with, co-located with, or closely coordinated with primary care.

  • Applications are distributed in early spring each year, for stipend awards given for the following academic year.
  • For the 2018-19 academic year, between 10-12 IBH Stipend awards are anticipated to be available.

Latinx Center of Excellence Stipend Program

Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Berkeley Social Welfare's Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE) aims to address the relative shortage of Latinx/Hispanic students in graduate-level social work education. The Center's goal is to promote success among Latinx social work students through enhanced training and educational opportunities in behavioral health.

Each year, the LCOE awards ten $8,000 stipends for first year MSW students, and ten $10,000 stipends to second year MSW students in support of their field education in a Latinx-serving organization.

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

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