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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, requirements, and procedures for applying to each scholarship. Scholarship amounts are also listed, but please note that these are estimates and are subject to change.

Students may apply for one or more scholarship using our PhD online application. The application deadline is September 10, 2021 at 5pm. Please make sure that your application includes all necessary components as incomplete applications will not be considered.

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. $1,000
Cynthia J. Bell, PhD Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a deserving doctoral student with demonstrated interest in research related to child welfare and/or law. Preference given to female students. All gender identities will be considered and are encouraged to apply. $1,200
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. $2,700
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. $1,350
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. $3,200

PhD Scholarships and Requirements

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