Juanita C. Evans Fellowship Program



  • Do you see yourself as a future leader in the public health social work environment?
  • Do you desire a fellowship with a $10,000 award?

As a joint degree student, pursuing your Master of Social Work (MSW) and your Master of Public Health (MPH), you are eligible to apply for the Evans Fellowship of $10,000.  Students must apply as described below.

  • Do you want a personalized curriculum, resume building certifications, leadership seminars, and a field-placement with an experienced leader in our community?

As a future leader in public health social work you increase your career marketability with leadership skills in grant writing, financial management, policy analysis, evaluation research methods, multi-disciplinary approaches, and administration/management.

The joint degree curriculum is purposively situated for developing leaders for public health, social work, and the intersection between the two disciplines.

Who May Apply?

This fellowship opportunity is for all second year or Advanced Standing joint degree public health social work students in either the  Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups (Direct Practice) or the Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA) concentration in the Graduate School of Social Work.  It is part of a HRSA funded Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education (LPHSWE) Program. The University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work is only one of three Schools of Social Work  across the country to receive Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) funding to develop future Leaders in Public Health Social Work Education (LPHSWE).  For more information visit the MSW/MPH Joint Degree program webpage.

Program Benefits

Fellows are trained to become leaders in public health social work environment for careers as patient services managers , research scientists, policy advocates , program directors, communication directors, adjunct faculty, community service administrators, policy analysts, and other leadership positions.

In addition to coursework, fellows receive relevant training that includes:

  • a field placement focused on leadership under the direct supervision of an expert leader in the field;
  • regular leadership seminars provided by community leaders, field placement supervisors, and faculty who teach leadership development;
  • the opportunity to attend local and regional conferences; and
  • interactive instruction focused on policy development and analysis, research and evaluation, administration and management, grant writing, financial management, education and training, program planning, and/or public health prevention strategies.

COSA Fellows are awarded a $10,000 stipend during their Concentration Field Placement year. Direct Practice Fellows are awarded a $10,000 stipend during their Summer Leadership Placement (which satisfies the BCHS 2503 Practicum requirement).  The Evans Summer Leadership Placement requires Direct Practice Fellows to complete 360 hours, approximately 26 hours per week during the 14 week placement from May 9th to August 15th.  

Fellows receive extra supervision, resume building certifications, and networking opportunities.

Fellows participate in workshops and meet directly with the Director of Career Services and Alumni Affairs each year of the program to prepare for desired career opportunities. 

Fellows have the flexibility to personalize their curriculum with licensure (LSW) electives and a preparatory LSW workshop.

What is the application process?

  • Applications should be submitted electronically here
  • Applications must include:
    • Your resume
    • Your transcript (unofficial is acceptable for current Pitt students)
    • A two-page essay including, but not limited to, the following questions:
      • Why are you interested in the Evans Fellowship Program?
      • What past professional or volunteer experiences are relevant to leadership in public health social work?
      • How does the Evans Fellowship Program fit into your career goals and passions?

(The essay must be single spaced, with 1 inch margins, in 11-point Arial or 12 point Times New Roman font.)

  • A listing of your sources of financial support from the School of Social Work and the University of Pittsburgh. Note: This federal stipend may preclude some other fellowships. Students may have one scholarship and one stipend/ fellowship**
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals who are familiar with your abilities, and your commitment to the field of public health social work.  Faculty members, field instructors, or employers are good choices for such letters.
  • A completed Request for Field Placement form.
  • Applications are due April 22, 2017 for Fall Term 2017-2018

**More information regarding stipend fellowships can be found on the Training Fellowship Award Information webpage.

***Individuals who are student employees at the University of Pittsburgh do not qualify for certificate programs.

For questions about the Juanita C.  Evans Fellowship Program, please email the program coordinator at evansf@pitt.edu. Please click here  for specific responsibilities of an Evans Fellow.

Students receiving a stipend must be a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate. A student on L2 Visa does not meet the above requirements, even if the student has a valid work permit.

Who is Juanita C. Evans?

Juanita C. Evans (1929-2000), M.S.W., L.C.S.W. was a pioneer advocate in the field of public health social work.  After completing her social work education at Howard University and St. Louis University, Evans was one of the first social workers to emphasize the important relationship between social work and public health.  She dedicated her life to advocating for vulnerable populations experiencing adversity.  Her passion for Maternal and Child Health led her to the position of Chief Social Work Officer of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) within the Department of Health and Human Services from 1980-2000. 

Evans’ other leadership roles included Chief of the Office of Adolescent Health. During her time as Chief of the Office of Adolescent Health, she created the Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health, which promoted adolescent health at the national level.  Additionally, Evans was a member of the planning committee for various conferences including “Implementing a Forward Plan: A Public Health Social Work Challenge" and “Family Violence: Public Health Social Work's Role in Prevention.”  Finally, she was instrumental in developing the social work section in the American Public Health Association.

Evans is acknowledged for her innovative contributions to numerous publications, including the Association of University Centers on Disabilities’ 1989 Social Work Competencies, the MCHB’s “Investing in Clinical Preventative Health Services for Adolescents, and the American Psychological Association’s “Developing Adolescents: A Reference for Professionals.”

Evans was committed to furthering the field of public health social work through promoting education in public health social work.  She is credited for the development of the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland Medical School and for providing trainings through grant initiations for students of joint social work and public health graduate programs, including here at the University of Pittsburgh.

Juanita C. Evans’ admirable commitment to leadership and advocacy in the fields of Maternal and Child Health and Adolescent Health continues to inspire public health social workers today.