Scholarships and Fellowships

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Each year the School of Social Work has a series of priority admissions review deadlines. MSW applications who apply for the full-time program will be giving a priority review for both acceptance to the school and merit scholarship assistance as well.

The school may award a limited number of scholarship awards after the priority review deadlines but this is not guaranteed and will be determined by the scholarship budget.

Please note that the school’s regular admissions deadline for fall enrollment is May 31 each year.   

Check out our Quick Guide for Pitt Social Work Fellowships!

School of Social Work Fellowships


Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB): The Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB) program is a cooperative effort among the United States Administration for Children and Families, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, and fifteen undergraduate social work degree programs in Pennsylvania accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Its goal is to strengthen public child welfare services in Pennsylvania by providing educational opportunities for undergraduate social work majors preparing for employment in one of Pennsylvania's 67 public child welfare agencies.


Behavioral Health Scholars Program (BHSP): The BHSP is committed to increasing the trained workforce of graduate-level social work behavioral health providers having the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth through the prevention and treatment of behavioral health problems. Contact: Elizabeth Zimmerman-Clayton (

Center on Race and Social Problems Fellows Program: The CRSP Fellows Program is designed to provide internship opportunities for social work students who are committed to working on issues of racial justice.

Child Welfare Workforce Excellence Fellows: The Child Welfare Workforce Excellence Fellows Program was developed to help prepare full-time MSW students in the Direct Practice specialization for a career in public child welfare. In return for service in Allegheny County’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families (CYF), participants will receive fellowship funding, child welfare field placements,  focused advising and mentoring, foundational child welfare training, educational enrichment, and the opportunity to be part of agency organizational enhancement teams.

COAL (Coalition for Opioid and Addiction Leadership) Fellowship: The COAL Fellowship is committed to expanding the workforce in areas where prevention, treatment, and recovery services for individuals with opioid use disorders and substance use disorders are desperately needed. Questions? Contact

Community Engagement Fellowships: The Community Engagement Fellowship program is a community-based cohort program designed to foster experiential and integrative learning in affiliated community organizations.  

Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education: The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education is a unique educational program designed to enhance both direct practice and leadership skills in gerontology. Please contact Elizabeth Zimmerman-Clayton,

Library Social Work Fellowship: The School of Social Work in collaboration with the Allegheny County Library Association and others are supporting a Library Social Work Fellowship. 

Roth Fellowship: Develop a deep understanding of the relationship between behavioral health (mental health, substance use) and physical health while completing your field placement with the largest healthcare provider in the region. 

University of Pittsburgh Fellowships and Scholarships

Summer Study Abroad Scholarships- Information about the Summer Study Abroad undergraduate and graduate scholarships sponsored by the Nationality Rooms Committees.

University Honors College Scholarships and Fellowships - The University Honors College advises undergraduates, seniors, and alumni who are interested in pursuing national and international awards. 

Fulbright US Student Program - Current graduate students and Pitt alumni should contact Jeffrey Whitehead, Fulbright Program Advisor, as soon as possible for application details: or 412-648-2299. (Undergraduates should contact the University Honors College for application instructions.)  

2021 Fall Community Research Fellowship: The Community Research Fellowship (CRF) supports undergraduate students who are working with a community partner and faculty mentor to develop a research project that explores various issues of importance to the community. The mission of the CRF is to provide an experiential learning opportunity to students as they engage with curriculum concepts to create a socially responsible, mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources with community partners. Students receive a $1,000 stipend to complete part-time research over the fall semester. Students do not have to be a part of the Honors College to apply for this fellowship! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis but priority will be given for applications submitted prior to June 28th at 9:00am.

Social Work and Human Services Fellowships and Scholarships

Allegheny County Scholars in Local Government - The Scholars in Local Government Program is a highly competitive career-development initiative designed to attract graduates of masters- and doctoral-level programs of social work, public policy, public administration, law, business, and related fields to the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.

Additional Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships

CSWE’s Minority Fellowship ProgramThe program is designed to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health-care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s-level behavioral health professionals available to serve them.

Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh: JSS is accepting scholarship applications! Apply today if you are a Jewish high school senior or student enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or technical school with financial need with residency in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington or Westmoreland county. Apply by March 2, 2021:

Realizing the increasing cost associated with graduate school education the School of Social Work has put together a listing of external scholarship and financial aid opportunities for our students.

See full list of scholarships, grants, and fellowships (PDF)