Graduate Diversity Scholarships

Graduate Diversity Scholarships are presented to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents from disadvantaged and/or underrepresented groups in their fields of graduate study. These scholarships are awarded by the Graduate College.

The Scholarship/Awards Committee in the School of Social Work is responsible for announcing, selecting, and disbursing the following Social Work scholarships and assistantships. Recipients are recognized at the graduation ceremony in May. View the 2021 School of Social Work Graduation Ceremony program.

Graduate Assistantships

The School of Social Work offers graduate teaching assistantships as departmental budgets and state appropriations allow. Assistantship positions are quarter-time (10 hours per week) and are located in Iowa City unless otherwise indicated. Teaching assistants assist faculty with course instruction. Duties may include providing assistance in conducting library searches, test preparation, grading assignments and/or tests, lecture preparation, coordination of field or volunteer activities, and conducting review sessions. Qualifications include completion of prerequisite courses and the ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Some courses require more specific duties and/or qualifications. Detailed information for each teaching assistant position will be available in the packet of application materials, when the application period opens. The following courses typically have a teaching assistant assigned: Social Justice and Social Welfare in US, Social Welfare Policy and Practice, Discrimination Oppression Diversity, Social Work Processes, Introduction to Social Work Research, Research Methods, Computer Lab, Advanced Social Work Research, Aging Studies Program.

Graduate Assistantship Positions Announcement (2021-2022)
Graduate Assistantships Advertisement (2021-2022)
Graduate Assistantship Application (2021-2022)

School of Social Work Scholarships

NOTE: Links to application forms will be provided when the application period opens.

Constance Swank Fund for Aging Research
Provides support to graduate students conducting applied research in aging, including but not limited to work in gerontology, geriatrics, public policy, communications, social sciences, or humanities.

Application Deadline: February 24, 2021

Callie Ann Hall Award in Social Work
Given annually to support a social work graduate student who is conducting research on chemical dependency: its impact, prevention, and treatment.

Application Deadline: April 17, 2021

Megan Sloss Scholarship
Created in memory of Megan Sloss, a second-year MSW student who died suddenly in 2016, this $1,000 scholarship supports an MSW student with interest in mental health, rural mental health, and/or working with children.

Application Deadline: April 17, 2021

Lola Moeller Zook & Leslie G. Moeller Community Service Award
One annual award of up to $1,000 is made to an MSW student who is studying, is active in, or intends to pursue employment in the field of community service.

Application Deadline: July 1st, 2021

Dianne Orton & Stephen Grant Orton Scholarship
Gives support to an MSW student entering their second year with an interest in medical social work, with special consideration given to a student doing their placement in UI Department of Pediatrics with an interest in pediatric asthma and/or allergies.

Application Deadline: April 17, 2021

Janice Baumback Scholarship Award
Annual $1,000 award made to a second-year MSW student studying family counseling or mental health.

Application Deadline: April 17, 2021

Mildred J. Snider Memorial Scholarship
One $1,000 annual award to help fund a graduate student for an internship in policy studies in an approved national public or private agency, or to support policy-related research.

Application Deadline: April 17, 2021

John Craft Excellence in Research Award
Named in memory of John Craft, former Professor of Research at the School of Social Work, supports one undergraduate student and one graduate student annually in conducting research projects on children or families.

Application Deadline: April 17, 2021

The Former Faculty Scholarship
Funded by memorial donations and other gifts made in honor of retiring faculty members and their contributions to the School.  Each year a $500 award is given to one undergraduate student and one graduate student. This scholarship considers academic excellence but also places an emphasis on supporting future-oriented students who have diverse experiences, cultures, and extracurricular activities.

Application Deadline: April 17, 2021