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PhD Scholarships

Through the generosity of donors to the School of Social Work who believe in the potential each student has to make a difference in our communities, we are pleased to offer the following scholarships in support of students pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD) in social work.

PhD Scholarships

Below you will find brief descriptions of each scholarship. Scholarship amounts are also listed, but please note that these are estimates and are subject to change.

Students may apply by using our online application. Only one application is needed for consideration for all scholarships. Applications will be screened to determine eligibility for each award. The application deadline is September 21, 2022 at 11:59pm. Please ensure that your application includes all necessary components as incomplete applications will not be considered. If you are supplying a letter of support, but your letter writer would prefer to keep your letter anonymous, they can fill out this online recommendation form.

Scholarship Requirements Amount
Ackerson Scholarship for Excellence in Student Teaching (nominated by faculty, students and peer doctoral students of the School.) Awarded to a deserving student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to teaching during the pursuit of a doctoral degree. $1,200
Cynthia J. Bell, PhD Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a deserving doctoral student with demonstrated interest in research related to child welfare and/or law. $1,300
Daniel S. Sanders Scholarship in International Social Development Awarded to deserving doctoral students with a research focus on international social development. Preference given to international students. $2,800
Ernie Gullerud Dissertation Scholarship Awarded to deserving doctoral students who are ready to defend their dissertation. Must have successfully completed any qualifying exams and passed their dissertation proposal hearing. $1,400
International Studies Dissertation Scholarship Awarded to an international doctoral student who is in the dissertation writing stage. Preference given to research focused on social work or social development issues in a developing country. Consideration also given to doctoral students studying international or domestic poverty issues. $3,500
John Poertner PhD Scholarship in Child Welfare Awarded to deserving doctoral students specializing in child welfare. $4,000
Dr. Hong Li Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a deserving School of Social Work student with preference given to students who demonstrate an interest in working with and/or researching aging and aging populations. $1,725
Dr. Jan Carter-Black Scholarship for Commitment to Diversity and Leadership Fund Awarded to a deserving SW student who demonstrates high academic achievement, a commitment to the School and the campus community through invovlement and leadership, and a commitment to diversity through research or practice. Letter of support required. $1,000

PhD Scholarships and Requirements

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