Last updated February 20, 2020
Next in my series on How To Fully Fund Your PhD, I provide a list below of universities that offer full funding to all students admitted to a PhD program in social work or social welfare.
You can find several competitive, external fellowships in the ProFellow database for graduate and doctoral study, but the best funding strategy is to apply to PhD programs that offer full funding to all admitted students. When a doctoral program indicates that they provide full funding to their PhD students, in most cases this means they provide each admitted student full tuition and a stipend for living expenses for the three to six year duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their doctoral students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential PhD programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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Boston College, School of Social Work (Boston, MA): Most students at the Boston College School of Social Work receive a four-year financial aid package worth more than $125,000. These fellowships provide a living stipend plus tuition remission. Boston College also awards a diversity fellowship each year that provides an additional year of support.
Michigan State University, School of Social Work (East Lansing, MI): The School is pleased to offer five years of guaranteed, graduate assistantship funding to all qualified incoming students. During the first four years, students will receive a graduate assistantship (GA); during the fifth year, students will not receive a guaranteed GA, but instead will receive an award of $10,000.
New York University, Silver School of Social Work (New York, NY): Accepted full-time students are typically awarded the Dean’s Fellowship, which includes full tuition and registration fee waivers, graduate student health insurance, and a competitive stipend. Part-time students may be eligible for some support on a case-by-case basis.
University of Alabama, School of Social Work (Tuscaloosa, AL): Students admitted to the PhD program are guaranteed 2 years of funding, and lately all students have received 3-4 years of funding. Funding involves tuition and a stipend of about $1,500 per month.
University of Michigan, School of Social Work (Ann Arbor, MI): The Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science provides all incoming doctoral students with a multi-year funding package. We combine fellowship awards, graduate student research assistant positions, and graduate student instructorships to offer most students five years of full funding, which includes tuition, stipends, and health care.
University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work (Pittsburgh, PA): Our full time program is highly competitive and we accept 6-8 students each year. The students we accept are fully funded with tuition and stipend support for four years of study.
University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work (Los Angeles, CA): All incoming students accepted and admitted into the program and who remain in good academic standing will receive financial assistance for the first four years, amounting to $200,000.
For application tips on applying to a PhD program, see How To Get Into a Fully Funded PhD Program: Contacting Potential PhD Advisors.
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