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PhD Student Resources

PhD Resources

PhD Program and Policy Manual

Financial Resources

Graduate Assistantships:

Current information about graduate assistantships can be found at the UH Mānoa Graduate Division website.  Please visit the Graduate Division website for detailed information about eligibility, compensation, benefits, etc. of graduate assistantships.

CSWE Scholarships and Fellowships:

Throughout its history, CSWE has been committed to increasing the participation of ethnic minorities in the social work/social welfare profession. One important aspect in achieving this objective is preparing an adequate ethnic minority labor force to provide leadership in the profession. Another way that CSWE does this is by providing a number of resources, such as an online events calendar that would be useful in training and professional development. Furthermore, the following programs showcase this commitment to the diversity of the social work field.

Minority Fellowship Program:

CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) opportunities support the mission of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to reduce the effects of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities by increasing racial/ethnic minority individuals who are trained to work with underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

The MFP doctoral fellowship is designed for individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social work. Applicants must hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program. Their career goal should be to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government and private organizations serving underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

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Scholars Program:

The CSWE Scholars Program is designed to provide both senior and junior scholars the opportunity to work on research projects or programmatic initiatives of their choosing and in line with CSWE priorities. This Program is designed to provide both senior scholars, faculty members, and junior scholars such as doctoral students or individuals recently completing their doctoral dissertation the opportunity to work on projects and initiatives of interest to the scholar as well as to CSWE.

Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund:

The Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund was established by the CSWE Board of Directors in recognition of Carl A. Scott’s contributions to CSWE and the social work profession. The components of the Fund includes an annual lecture series given at the annual program meeting, a publication program, and scholarship assistance–two scholarships in the amount of $500 each are awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to work for equity and social justice in social work.

East West Center:

The East-West Center offers a wide variety of both short- and long-term programs for individuals. Academic scholarships and fellowships as well as educational exchange and professional development programs are available. Please visit the East West Center website for information on student scholarships and fellowships.

Ford Foundation:

The vast majority of Ford Foundation grants go to organizations. But individuals may apply for fellowships for advanced degrees in areas of interest to the foundation. Recipients are selected by universities and other organizations that receive grants from the foundation to support fellowships.

Other Sources:

To see other sources of financial aid opportunities please visit the Department of Social Work Financial Aid website at:

For more information, please review the information on this site, or contact Jennifer Kishida, PhD Program Assistant, at

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