Scholarships and Fellowships

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Apply for our exciting paid fellowship opportunities! 80 spots and $725,000 in funds are available. 

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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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Survivor Link + Public Health AmeriCorps: Fellows will engage in 675 service hours (between August 1, 2022 and July 31, 2023) to earn a $4,000 stipend and a $2,474.27 Segal Education Award. Service hours include internship, training in domestic violence by national experts, and engagement with a faculty mentor (Dr. Sara Goodkind). 

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.)  

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)

Pitt School of Social Work Scholarship Policy

Please note that your merit scholarship is automatically renewed for the following academic year provided that you fulfill the scholarship/grant award requirements outlined in this letter. Your award is also reflective of your application as an out-of-state student (non-Pennsylvania resident). Eligibility for Pennsylvania (in-state rates) is governed by the University’s Policy on PA Residency Classifications. A change in residency status would result in a reduction of your merit-based award, reflective of the overall reduced tuition costs.

This award requires the satisfactory completion (B- or better) of all required courses earning a grade of ‘S’ in Field, that you maintain a minimum of an overall 3.0 GPA at the conclusion of the academic year, as well as complete any requirements explained in your acceptance letter. Withdrawal, or failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements will result in the cancellation of your award. For a student who must withdraw from classes prior to the end of the academic term they will have their merit scholarship award withdrawn or prorated accordingly depending on the date of the withdrawal. A change in status to part time would result in a reduction of your merit-based award, reflective of the overall reduced tuition costs.

Full time students must be enrolled full time in the School of Social Work taking a minimum of 12 credits per semester (excluding summer terms which require a maximum of 9 credits) with a maximum receipt of 3 terms for advanced standing status and a maximum receipt of 4 terms for non-advanced standing status. Part time students must be enrolled in the School of Social Work taking a minimum of 6 credits per semester with a maximum of 8 semesters of receipt of the scholarship.