How to Apply

Minority Fellowship Program for Doctoral Students

  • The 2019–2020 application cycle for CSWE's doctoral Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is now open and will close on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Click here for application instructions. 
  • Questions related to the application requirements should be directed to
  • MFP Director, Dr. Duy Nguyen, is hosting live Q&A sessions during the application open period. Join him by clicking the link below of the date you would like to participate:
          Monday, February 4, 12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern 
          Wednesday, February 13, 12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern
          Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 4:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern
          Friday, March 15, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern
          Friday, March 22, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern

The doctoral MFP is targeted to, but not limited to, racial/ethnic minority individuals pursuing the doctoral degree in social work. An applicant must hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program. Applicants' career goals must include providing leadership in practice, research, teaching, and/or policy promulgation in government and/or private organizations. They should plan to serve underrepresented and underserved persons facing mental health and/or substance abuse challenges.

The purpose of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve health-care outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors.

Funds for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program are provided by the Center for Mental Health Services, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Eligibility Requirements

  • An applicant must be an American citizen, noncitizen national, or have permanent residence status (international students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students, and work visa holders are not eligible to apply)
  • The fellowship is targeted to but not limited to minority ethnic/racial groups
  • An applicant must have a master’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program and be starting full-time study leading to a doctoral degree in social work or be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a doctoral social work program
  • Applicants must demonstrate potential for assuming a leadership role providing mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic/racial minority individuals and communities and potential for success in doctoral studies
  • Applicants cannot receive another source of federal funding during the fellowship year (federal loans excluded)
  • Applicants must be able to attend MFP training at CSWE's Annual Program Meeting (travel and other expenses covered by MFP)

General Selection Criteria

  • Evidence of strong fit with and commitment to behavioral health services for underserved racial/ethnic populations
  • Life experiences relevant to and/or volunteer or work experience with racial/ethnic populations
  • High-quality scholarly writing showing the ability to think and write at the doctoral level
  • Academic evidence of ability to achieve timely degree completion
  • Behavioral health services or research agenda that fit the MFP mission


  • Monthly stipends for a 1-year period (approximately $2,000/month)
  • Specialized training and professional development support
  • Duration of award is 3 years, awarded 1 year at a time and contingent on funding and whether the fellow maintains satisfactory progress toward degree objectives