Scholarships, Awards, and Fellowships

For BSW and MSW (Full-Time and Part-Time) students; Ph.D. students see Financial Support


For a better understanding of how financial aid works at UW-Madison, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.


Prospective Students

A small number of awards are offered through the admissions process. View the admissions scholarships & awards.


How to Apply

Applicants are automatically considered for the following three awards after submitting their MSW Application: Helen I Clarke Award, Lois Palmer Shimpa Memorial Scholarship, and the Topitzes Family Scholarship.


In order to be considered for the Harriet & Sandra Rosenbaum Scholarship, applicants must submit their MSW application plus an additional scholarship application:

  1. Complete the application online through Scholarships@UW-Madison.
  2. Sign in with your Net ID and password.
  3. Click the "Match Scholarships" menu and select "Match Me!" to begin the application process.
  4. The deadline to apply is:
    • Full-Time MSW Program Applicant Deadline: February 23, 2018
    • Part-Time MSW Program Applicant Deadline: May 1, 2018
  5. Don’t wait to hear about your admissions status before applying for this scholarship.

If you encounter technical difficulties with the online application, please contact


After admission to the BSW or the MSW programs, students may apply for scholarships and awards during the fall competition.


Current Students

Scholarship applications for BSW and MSW students are submitted during the fall semester. For information about the awards, please view the list of fall competition awards.


Submitting Your Application

2017-2018 Application Opens: October 6, 2017

2017-2018 Application Closes: October 23, 2017


  1. There is one online application for all awards.
  2. Your eligibility for all awards will be determined by the answers you provide. You will be considered for all awards for which you are eligible.
  3. Complete the application online through Scholarships@UW-Madison.  Click the "Match Scholarships" menu and select "Match Me!" to begin the application process.


For questions, please contact



Additional Funding Opportunities

Federal Public Child Welfare Training Grant

For BSW, Full-Time or Part-Time MSW Students

The School offers a limited number of public child welfare training grants. These grants provide a stipend, books and supplies funds, full tuition costs, and mileage to and from field sites. Interested students may apply for the Title IV-E training program once admission to the MSW Program (Full-Time Program or Part-Time Program) or BSW Program is confirmed. Upon graduation, trainees agree to accept employment with the State of Wisconsin in the area of public child welfare for a period of time equal to the amount of time they receive funding.


Visit the Child Welfare Training Program website for more information, including traineeship provisions and applications.


LEND Trainee Program

The Wasiman Center's Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program provides interdisciplinary and disciplinary leadership training in order to improve systems of care that promote the prevention of disabilities and assure access to family-centered, community-based services and supports for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. The program trains around 30 trainees and fellows per year from a wide array of disciplines and provides a stipend to eligible trainees.


Learn more from the WI LEND Program website.


Advanced Opportunity Fellowships

For Full-Time MSW Students

Advanced Opportunity funding is intended to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the graduate student population, as well as to support economically disadvantaged and first generation college students. Students receiving an Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (AOF) are offered a generous funding package covering tuition and other expenses. For more information about the award package, view the Graduate School's website on Graduate Research. Full-time MSW students are eligible to receive AOF funding through the Letters & Science Community of Graduate Research Scholars (L&S C-GRS).


To be considered for AOF funding through the L&S C-GRS, students must submit an application to the Full-Time MSW Program and be United States citizens or Permanent Residents. Students on probation cannot receive AOF funding. Beyond merit, preference is given to Wisconsin residents. Award determination is made by the MSW Admissions Committee. In addition, the criteria listed below apply:


1. Students from the following racial/ethnic groups:

  • African American or Black
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, or Hmong
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander


2. Economically disadvantaged students

  • First-generation college students who participated in one of the following TRIO programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunities Centers, Student Support Services
  • First generation college students who graduated from the PEOPLE Program
  • UW-Madison Bachelor’s degree recipients who were in the FASTrack or BANNER program


3. McNair students:

  • Students who participated in a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.



UW-Madison Graduate School

The Graduate School provides an extensive list of funding resources. Visit the Graduate Student Funding page for more details. Additionally, you can look at the Grants Information Collection.


Other Funding Sources for International Graduate Students:

AAUW International Fellowships: For women of countries other than the United States. Stipends up to $20,000. Applications can be downloaded online at the AAUW website .


P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship: For women from countries other than the U.S. or Canada that plan to return to their own country after completion of degree. Stipend up to $6,000. Open to full-time graduate students (except dissertators). Write: P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312, U.S.A.


Information on Fulbright International Exchange Scholarships can be found at the Institute of International Education.


Employment Opportunities

The School of Social Work only can guarantee Teaching Assistant positions to our PhD students. On rare occasions there may be an opportunity for an MSW student to be a T.A. and you will be contacted if this is the case. There are employment opportunities at UW-Madison for students, to be found at the Office of Human Resources. You may find student positions through the Student Job Center.


Graduate Assistantship Policy for the Part-Time MSW Program: Students enrolled in this program are not permitted to accept teaching assistantships, project assistantships, research assistantships, or other appointments that would result in a tuition waiver.

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