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Scholarships, Awards, and Fellowships
For BSW and MSW (Full-Time and Part-Time) students; Ph.D. students see Financial Support
Welcome to the School of Social Work's Scholarship, Awards, and Fellowships page! For those of you who have visited the site before, please note: We've made some changes to the application process this year, so we ask that you read the information and instructions carefully.
Scholarship applications for BSW and MSW students are submitted during the fall semester. The application deadline for 2013-2014 awards is November 22, 2013.
Students are now only required to complete one application to be considered for all awards for which they are eligible. For information about individual awards, please visit the Specific Information page.
The Application Is Now Open!
After admission to the BSW or the MSW programs, students may apply for scholarships and awards during the fall competition.
Submitting Your Application
2013-2014 Application Deadline: November 22, 2013
- There is one online application for all awards.
- Your eligibility for the all awards will be determined by the answers you provide. You will be considered for all awards for which you are eligible.
- Complete the application online through Scholarships@UW-Madison. Click the "Match Scholarships" menu and select "Match Me!" to begin the application process.
For questions, please contact Fellowship Coordinator Tanya Niemi.
Additional Funding Opportunities
Federal Public Child Welfare Training Grant
For BSW, Full-Time or Part-Time MSW Students
The School offers a limited number of public child welfare training grants. These grants provide a stipend, books and supplies funds, full tuition costs, and mileage to and from field sites. Interested students may apply for the Title IV-E training program once admission to the MSW Program (Full-Time Program or Part-Time Program) or BSW Program is confirmed. Upon graduation, trainees agree to accept employment with the State of Wisconsin in the area of public child welfare for a period of time equal to the amount of time they receive funding.
Visit the Child Welfare Training Program website for more information, including traineeship provisions and applications.
Advanced Opportunity Fellowships
For Full-Time MSW Students
Advanced Opportunity funding is intended to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the graduate student population, as well as to support economically disadvantaged and first generation college students. Students receiving an Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (AOF) receive a generous funding package covering tuition and other expenses. For more information about the award package, view the Graduate School website.
To be considered for AOF funding through the School of Social Work, students must be United States citizens or Permanent Residents, and pursuing the Full-Time MSW Program. Students on probation can not receive AOF funding. Beyond merit, preference is given to Wisconsin residents. In addition, the criteria listed below apply:
1. Students from the following racial/ethnic groups:
- African American or Black
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, or Hmong
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
2. Economically disadvantaged students
- First-generation college students who participated in one of the following TRIO programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunities Centers, Student Support Services
- First generation college students who graduated from the PEOPLE Program
- UW-Madison Bachelor’s degree recipients who were in the FASTrack or BANNER program
3. McNair students: students who participated in a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.
Applicants interested in receiving an Advanced Opportunity Fellowship must first apply to the Full-Time MSW Program at the School of Social Work. After program applications have been received, eligible students will receive an invitation, via email, to apply for the opportunity. Award determination is made by the School of Social Work.
UW-Madison Graduate School
The Graduate School provides an extensive list of funding resources. Visit the Graduate Student Funding page for more details.
Other Funding Sources for Graduate Students:
AAUW International Fellowships: For women of countries other than the United States. Stipends up to $20,000. Applications can be downloaded online at the AAUW website.
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship: For women from countries other than the U.S. or Canada that plan to return to their own country after completion of degree. Stipend up to $6,000. Open to full-time graduate students (except dissertators). Write: P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312, U.S.A.
Information on Fulbright International Exchange Scholarships can be found at the Institute of International Education.