School-Based Funding

Departmental Scholarships

Fall 2014 graduationScholarships within the Steve Hicks School of Social Work are awarded based on available funds. Awards are judged competitively on the basis of academic achievement, professional potential, and need. Departmental scholarships are limited in number and usually are in the form of honoraria in amounts between $1,000-$3,500. Our highest level of departmental scholarship comes through the Steve Hicks Scholarship Program. Students selected as Steve Hicks Scholars receive $10,500 per year for up to two years, depending on program of study. Awarded funds are typically released to the recipient at the beginning of the fall and spring semester. To be considered for these awards please complete and submit the financial support application.

Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant Positions

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work has a limited number of teaching and research assistantships available. These are generally 10 hour/week jobs where students earn approximately $1,500 per semester. Preference may be given to PhD students. Students must be taking at least 9 graduate semester hours in the semester that they work, have no incompletes, and have a GPA of 3.0. TA/RA appointments are for one semester at a time. Individual faculty select students to be their TA/RA’s from a pool of applicants. Decisions on funding for the number and types of positions are made at the start of each semester. Once funding has been determined, faculty and staff are notified of available positions and then select students to be interviewed from the applicant pool. To be considered for a teaching assistant position, please complete and submit the financial support form.  To be considered for a research assistant position, please complete and submit the graduate research assistant form. Find more information about teaching and research assistantship positions.

Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Collaboration

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work operates the IV-E Child Welfare Education Collaboration training grant project with federal funds that come through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The goal is to provide a needed pool of trained social workers to work in child welfare and to encourage students who are interested in this area by assisting with their educational expenses while in school. Stipends and internships are two major components of this program. For more information visit the project page or contact

St. David’s Foundation Bilingual Social Work Scholars Program

This program allows the Steve Hicks School of Social Work to accelerate the recruitment and preparation of bilingual master’s level students for careers in the Central Texas health and mental health workforce. To be eligible, you must be a newly admitted student, be fluent in Spanish and English, and submit an application that includes a two-page essay and resume. Finalists will be interviewed to assess Spanish fluency. Up to 10 scholars will be awarded $10,000 each for one or two years, depending on their program of work. For more information contact: Ramón Gómez,, (512) 471-9819.

St. David’s Foundation GRACE Fellowship Program

The Gerontology Resources and the Aging Community in Education (GRACE) program prepares master’s level students to work with older adults. GRACE fellowships are awarded through a competitive process to first field and final field students who are accepted at GRACE placements and fulfill additional educational criteria. For more information visit the GRACE program page or contact Sarah Swords, GRACE program coordinator,, (512) 471-7231.