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PhD Funding Sources

Please refer to the contact information listed with each of the following potential funding opportunities and follow the fund requirements to submit applications. Please note that some of these funds require a needs analysis and you should apply annually application through both the University’s Financial Aid Department and the College of Social Work. Students are responsible to determine application deadlines as requirements and deadlines may change.

Click here for Funding Sources from the College of Social Work

Research and teaching assistantship opportunities are also available at the College of Social Work. Our PhD students find working in our Social Research Institute, Goodwill Initiatives on Aging, Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND) or our Utah Criminal Justice Center offers critical career and scholarship enhancement. These institutes sponsor grant-funded research and demonstration projects regarding such issues as child welfare practice and cross-system reforms, juvenile and criminal justice reforms, aging, mental health, the challenges faced by welfare families, substance involved families, and services for persons with disabilities.


University of Utah Sponsored Fellowships and Scholarships
Funding Sources from the Graduate School

Outside Funding Sources


CSWE Minority Fellowship Program
Council on Social Work Education
1600 Duke Street, Third Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314


Open to US citizens or permanent residents with an MSW and who are beginning study leading to a PhD in Social Work. Awards are made in two categories; (1) clinical program for preparation in leadership roles in ethnic minorities, and (2) research program for specialization in mental health research relevant to ethnic minorities. 
Click here: The Doctoral MFP application cycle usually opens mid-December and closes at the end of February.

Minority Fellowship Program
American Sociological Association
1722 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

Open to US citizens and permanent visa residents beginning or continuing study in sociology or related departments. Undergraduate specialization in sociology is desirable.
Click here: The application deadline is January.

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Selection Committee
PO Box 728
Novato, CA 94948


The purpose of NHSF scholarships is to assist Hispanic American students in completing their higher education. NHSF scholarships are available on a competitive basis to undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic background. Awards normally range from $500 to $1,000.
The application deadline is January.

NASW Foundation
750 First Street, NE Ste 700
Washington, DC 20002


The Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship provides partial support to social work doctoral candidates who are engaged in dissertation research in welfare policy and practice.The fellowship program was established in 1987 as a tribute to Eileen Blackey, who was a pioneer in the planning and use of staff development programs in public welfare agencies and the U.S. Veterans Administration.
Click here: Apply January to March of each year.



AARP Scholars Program ($5,000 – $10,000) (c/o Scholarship Program Administrators Inc., POB 23737, Nashville TN 37202-3737 800-310-4053) The AARP Office of Academic has started a Scholars Program to provide scholarships in gerontology, public policy, or those studying aging within various disciplines. Full-time students studying aging or public policy and preparing to work in an aging-related career are eligible. Students must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application and must be nominated by their school’s gerontology or public policy programs for $10,000 full-year scholarships, or $5,000 for half a year. Criteria for selection include: academic excellence, faculty recommendations, and commitment to the field of aging. Interested students should contact their department.
Click here: Nominations are due in January and applications are due by March 15.

American Association of University Women Career Development Grants ($1,000- $5,000)To encourage women to resume interrupted academic work. Must be enrolled in a degree program, and have completed most recent degree at least five years before the July 1 effective date of the award. Special consideration is given to women of color. Funding is intended for course work only.

Click here: Due in December.

American Association of University Women International Fellowships ($15,060) Available to women who are not US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate satisfactory TOEFL scores.
Click here: Due in November.

American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Dissertation Award ($15,000) For women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in all fields of study who are in the final year of their doctoral degree program and will complete writing their dissertations between July 1 and June 30. All course work and preliminary examinations must be successfully completed prior to July 1 of the award year.
Click here: Application deadline November 15.

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program ($11,496) Available to students committed to sociological research on mental health issues related to minorities. Applicants must be enrolled in or qualified for acceptance into a PhD program and must be African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander.
Click here: Deadline January 31st.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Scholarships ($2,000 – $4,000)Applicants may be from the fields of language and speech pathology, communication disorders, education, special education, therapy, rehabilitation, psychology, or other related areas. Applicants must be full time graduate students at any level of study. Minority students are encouraged to apply.
Click here: Due in June. (301) 897-5700

Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) Sequoyah Graduate Fellowship ($1,500)Available to American Indian or Alaskan Native graduate students (at least 25%) in any field. Awards are based on financial need and merit and are available for one year as an unrestricted stipend paid in two installments.
Click here: Due in October. (605) 698-3998

Council on Social Work Education Doctoral Fellowships in Social Work for Ethnic Minority Students Preparing for Leadership Roles in Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse (tuition, fees, monthly stipend); renewable upon application Recipients must possess an MSW and be full time PhD candidates who demonstrate a potential for leadership success, financial need, and commitment to a career in providing mental health services to minorities. A payback provision requires work in mental health for a required time period. The following minorities may apply: African Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Click here: Due in February.

Council on Social Work Education Doctoral Fellowships in Social Work for Ethnic Minority Students Specializing in Mental Health Research (monthly stipend and possibly tuition) Designed for MSW social workers interested in acquiring sound research skills for a career in health research. Payback provision requires recipients to engage in research or teaching for period of time upon completion of studies. Following minorities may apply: African Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Students must be full time.
Click here: Due in February.

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Minorities ($14,000 stipend plus $7,500 tuition paid to University) PhD students who by beginning of fall term during which application is due must not have completed more than 30 semester hours. No other fellowships may be held concurrently. Available to African Americans, Native American Indians, Alaskan Natives (Eskimo or Aleut), Hispanics, Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian or Micronesian) and Puerto Ricans.
Click here: Due in December.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities ($21,500) One year award for American Indian, Alaska Native, Mexican American, African American, Pacific Islander, or Puerto Rican students enrolled in behavioral and social sciences et al research-based doctoral programs.
Click here: Due in December.

Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad For US citizens or permanent residents by the time their study abroad award begins, must be a student when applying and be proficient in a second language. Stipends vary per location; 6-12 month awards.
Click here: Applications are due in The Graduate School Office at the UofU by mid-October.

Fulbright US Student Program For US citizens desiring to study abroad for an academic year who hold a college degree prior to the beginning date of the award, unless they have had extensive professional study/experience in area of research. Stipends vary according to grant and country; occasionally renewed for a period up to one year.
Click here: Applications are due in The Graduate School Office at the UofU by mid-September.

Institute for the Study of World Politics Compton (Dorothy Danforth) Fellowships for Minority-Group Students of World Affairs Areas of interest must coincide with those of the institute, including improvements of levels of social welfare in developing countries and human rights. Fellowships are awarded to African American, Hispanic, and Native American Students. Contact Kenneth W. Thompson, Director Institute for the Study of World Politics Fellowship Competition 1755 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Click here: Due in February or March.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Salvatori Fellowship Program ($10,000 Grant and library of classic works published by Liberty fund) Fellows must conduct graduate work in a field related to the American Founding and be preparing for a college-level teaching career in the liberal arts or social sciences. Applicants must be members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, receive the Intercollegiate Review, and be familiar with institute purposes and programs.
Click here: Due in February

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Weaver (Richard M.) Fellowship $5,000 stipend plus tuition) Graduate students from the liberal arts and social sciences may apply. Applicants must be planning a teaching career at a college/university level. Applicants must be members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, receive the Intercollegiate Review.
Click here: Due in February.

Hartford Doctoral Fellows Pre-Dissertation Award Program John A. Hartford Foundation, Doctoral and Pre-Doctoral Fellowships, James Lubben ( 617-552-1366), Boston College School of Social Work, McGuinn Hall 315, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. As part of their Geriatric Social Work Initiative (GSWI), this award program seeks to expand the training of social workers who can improve the health and well being of older persons and their families and is administered by the Gerontological Society of America. Applicants must be US citizens. The pre-dissertation award supports students who have not yet developed their dissertation proposal. The doctoral fellows program provides dissertation grants of $25,000 per year for 2 years to students whose research proposals have been approved by their committees. Both awards include travel to several professional conferences, networking, and training.
Click here: Annual applications for the pre-dissertation awards due on or before May 2nd. Applications for the dissertation grants accepted February 1st and August 1st..

National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Fellowships (three years of $15,000 stipend plus $9,500 tuition and fees) Applicants must be at the beginning of graduate study. Social and Behavior Science students as well as other specified fields of study may apply.
Only members of the following Ethnic minorities may apply: African Americans, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders.
Click here: Due in November.

NIH/NIA: Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36) Grant. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) offers awards in all areas of research within the Institute’s mandate to increase the diversity of the research workforce on aging. These awards are available to qualified pre-doctoral students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories or possessions). Contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications, the NIA expects to award $250,000 to $300,000 annually beginning in fiscal year 2007 to support 6 to 8 dissertation awards; support is provided for up to two years. Total allowable costs per year are the current fiscal year National Research Service Award (NRSA) pre-doctoral stipend level and up to $15,000 for additional expenses. No funds may be used to pay tuition or fees associated with completion of doctoral studies.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship Application ($23,000) For undergraduate or graduate students who have completed a minimum of two years of university course work and plan to study abroad for one academic year in field of their choice. Must have certified language proficiency in the proposed country of study.
Due around April 15 in Salt Lake City Rotary Club office.

Schepp (Leopold) Foundation Scholarships ($6,500 yearly renewable) Graduate students whose studies are directed toward improving the general welfare of mankind may apply. Applicants must be under forty years of age.
Click here: Due in November. (212) 692-0191

Soros (Paul and Daisy) Fellowships for New Americans ($20,000 annually for maintenance and half tuition for two years, possibly three) Applicants may be entering a graduate program and must have applied for naturalization, have been naturalized as a U.S. citizen, or have parents who are both naturalized citizens. The definition of “applied for naturalization” includes possession of a Green Card and more that one year of URS filings. Applicants must be 20-28 years of age.
Click here: Due in March

U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services National Institute of General Medical Sciences NIH Research Supplements for Under-represented Minority Investigators (salary + $3,000) Must come from the biomedical or behavioral sciences and be one of the following minority groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Pacific Islanders, or Hispanics. Researchers who have previously been a principal investigator for an individual or center from the NIH may not apply.
Click here: Applications are accepted continuously.

U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services National Institute on Aging Minority Dissertation Research Grants on Aging ($25,000 for dissertation research) Applicants must be at the dissertation stage of studies and must be women or members of one of the following minority groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islander, or other ethnic or racial group members who have been found to be under-represented in biomedical or behavioral research. Disabled/impaired persons are encouraged to apply and need not be members of a minority group.
Click here: Due in February.

U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health Individual Pre-doctoral National Research Service Awards ($11, 748 annually for up to five years)Applicants in fields relevant to the problems of alcohol abuse and alcoholism are eligible. Candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral program. Women are encouraged to apply. Minority students are encouraged to apply. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Click here: Due in April, August, and December.

U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship Awards for Minority Students ($10,008 stipend, tuition, fees, + $2,000 annual travel expense for up to five years) PhD students in behavioral sciences are eligible. Applicants must be from ethnic/racial groups that are under-represented in research in the biomedical sciences in the United States, as determined by the applicant’s graduate institution. Priority is given to African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders. 
Due in May and November. (301) 496-9743

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development STAR Graduate Environmental Education Fellowship ($34,000 stipend, tuition, related expenses) Purpose is to encourage advanced degrees and careers in environmentally related fields. In accordance with EPA’s mission, the goal is to provide leadership in the nation’s science, research, education, assessment, restoration and preservation efforts and the development of sound public policy. Individuals are invited to propose research projects to be carried out in EPA facilities. Applicants from disciplines including social sciences who have not been enrolled more than four years at the doctoral level may apply. Women, minority students, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Click here: Due in November.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Graduate Fellowships ($2,500 per year, renewable) Available to graduate and post graduate women to assist in their studies and/or research. Applicants may come from any field of study and need not be members of the society.
Click here: Due in February. (202) 387-3103


Specialized Fellowships and Foundations Offering Support for PhD Students

Annie E. Casey Foundation

PEW Charitable Trust

Stuart Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Wallace Foundation

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Veterans Affairs Special Fellowships Program

Last Updated: 9/4/18