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2018-2019 Child Welfare Training Application

2018-2019 Application Open: October 1, 2017

2018-2019 Application Close: April 15, 2018

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Applications will be reviewed in the weeks following the deadline, and finalists will be contacted for a face-to-face interview before decisions are made.


Instructions and Eligibility

You MUST first apply to the School of Social Work, or be a current BSW or MSW student. Prospective MSW students: Please complete your application to the School of Social Work MSW Programs prior to applying to the Title IV-E Program!


The Title IV-E Public Child Welfare Training Program application is located on the UW-Madison "Scholarships@UW-Madison" website. Follow the Application Link to the Scholarships website, select the "Match Scholarships" menu, press the "Match Me!" button, and just follow the instructions from there. The website will determine whether you are eligible to apply, and provide you with the application if you are. You are eligible if:

  • You are currently (for 2017-2018) a Generalist Year MSW student (1st year Full-Time Program, 1st or 2nd year Part-Time Program); or,
  • You have been accepted into either the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or the Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs (as a Generalist or Advanced Standing student) for 2018-2019.

If you are eligible but the "Title IV-E Public Child Welfare Training Grant" is not showing up for you in Scholarships@UW-Madison, please contact Russ Portier!


If you are interested in finding out more about public child welfare work, we strongly recommend you watch the Realistic Job Preview at http://ssw.unc.edu/jif/rr/rjp.htm.


Just Click Yes

We'd like to clarify a matching question that determines your eligibility for the IV-E Application. If you are a CURRENT MSW student who plans on continuing in the MSW Program for 2018-2019, please select "Yes" when you see the question: "Have you completed an application to the School of Social Work's Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) Program OR have you completed an application to the School of Social Work's Masters in Social Work (MSW) Programs for this coming academic year?"


Other error message

If you run into any other error messages, please contact Russ Portier.


Part-Time MSW Program IV-E Admissions

Part-Time MSW Program applicants will only be considered if they are accepted into the MSW Program, but due to differing deadlines, we will allow IV-E applications from individuals who have applied but not yet been accepted to the MSW Program. Individuals applying to the Part-Time MSW Program must have their application to the Graduate School/School of Social Work completed by April 10th, so that they can be given access to the IV-E application in time to complete it on the 15th. It is not possible to apply for the Public Child Welfare Training Program without a completed application to the Graduate School/School of Social Work. Part-Time MSW Program applicants who apply to the Graduate School/School of Social Work after April 10th will not be guaranteed consideration for the IV-E Program.


If you would like to review the application questions prior to applying, you can review the questions in PDF format.


Contact Russ Portier (portier@wisc.edu or 608-263-3616) for questions or clarification of these eligibility terms.


For information on the IV-E Program, contact Program Coordinator Ellen Smith at ellen.smith@wisc.edu or 608-263-5612.


For questions regarding the IV-E Application, please contact Russ Portier at portier@wisc.edu or 608-263-3616.


Note: Funding for all Public Child Welfare Training Program trainees is contingent upon continuation of federal and state funding. All students should have alternate funding plans.

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