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Grand Challenges for Social Work Doctoral Award Call for Applications

Funded by the New York Community Trust

The Grand Challenges for Social Work is seeking social work doctoral students who want to go Go•Grander by expanding their research capabilities, developing leadership skills, and advancing solutions to society's biggest challenges.

To that end, we are pleased to announce the call for applications for the second Doctoral Awards cohort. These awards are a key component of the Grand Challenges for Social Work’s efforts to Go•Grander and are generously funded by the New York Community Trust.

Awards of $3,000 are available to support dissertation or capstone expenses of social work doctoral students whose work addresses at least one of the Grand Challenges. Doctoral award proposals should clarify how the study will have an impact that boosts practice, program, or policy change. One award will be made for each of the 13 Grand Challenges.

Applications are due October 20, 2023, by 8 pm ET.

Application Criteria
Applicants must be enrolled in a social work doctoral program in the United States and its territories. Doctoral students who anticipate completing a capstone project or dissertation by August 31, 2025, are eligible to apply. Applications are strongly encouraged from students from underrepresented populations or with historically marginalized backgrounds. Examples of marginalized backgrounds include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from minoritized communities, individuals from LGBTQ2SI communities, and individuals with disabilities.

Information Session
Join the Grand Challenges for Social Work for a virtual Q&A session to learn more about this exciting opportunity: Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 3 pm EST (Register Here).

Can't attend on 9/21? Recordings of last year's information sessions are available on our website (see "Q&A"). You can also learn more about last year's doctoral awardees.

Application guidelines are here. If you have additional questions, please email GCSocialWork@ssw.umaryland.edu.

Source: Grand Challenges for Social Work