School Funding

Departmental Scholarships

Fall 2014 graduationScholarships within the 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. 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 and the graduate research assistantship application.

Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Collaboration

The 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

The St. David’s Foundation Bilingual Social Work Scholars Program, made possible by a $2 million endowment from St. David’s Foundation, was established to meet the growing demand for bilingual health and mental health professionals in Texas. This generous support from the foundation allows the UT Austin School of Social Work to accelerate the recruitment and preparation of bilingual MSSW 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

A generous grant from St. David’s Foundation funds fellowships for master’s degree students in the School of Social Work Gerontology Resources and the Aging Community in Education (GRACE) program. St. David’s Foundation GRACE fellowships will be awarded through a competitive process to a number of first field and final field students who are placed 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.

HRSA Integrated Behavioral Health MSSW Scholars Program for Underserved Populations

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Integrated Behavioral Health Scholars (IBHS) Program provides stipends for selected eligible MSSW students who are interested in pursuing a career as a clinical social worker serving high need/high demand populations. The IBHS program will prepare MSSW students from under-represented groups to provide culturally competent clinical behavioral health services in primary care (medical) settings that serve Latinos, veterans and active duty military personnel and their families, and other high need populations.

Application to the IBHS Program is open to incoming students newly admitted to the MSSW Program (Post-BSW summer admission or 2-Year Program fall admission only) starting in 2013. Eligible applicants must demonstrate through written essay an interest in working in integrated behavioral health in primary care settings with underserved populations, such as Latinos or veterans through VA facilities; complete an interview (in Spanish, if applicable); and choose the Clinical Social Work concentration. Selection priority will be given to applicants who are Spanish/English bilingual and bicultural to match the majority of underserved clients in Central Texas. Priority will also be given to members of other underrepresented groups, and to those who are veterans, active duty military, or their immediate family.

Students accepted into the IBHS Program will receive a yearly stipend of $15,008 (one academic year for Post-BSW and up to two academic years for the 60-hour program) and multidisciplinary educational opportunities that focus on building clinical skills and working with interprofessional teams of social workers, physicians, nurses, and pharmacists in integrated behavioral health care settings. The IBHS Program is a limited-opportunity program that will be offered for three years, with the last cohort to be admitted in fall 2015. For more information contact: Ramón Gómez,, (512) 471-9819.

Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant Positions

The School of Social Work has a limited number of teaching assistantships 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 (PDF).