Scholarships, Awards, & Financial Aid
The Scholarship/Awards Committee is responsible for announcing, selecting, and disbursing the following scholarships in the School of Social Work. (Links to application forms will be provided when the application period opens.)
Each award is announced on student list-serves, and in class as appropriate. Application materials are made available in each center as applicable. Recipients are recognized in the alumni newsletter Inservice, and when applicable, at the graduation ceremony in May.
Callie Ann Hall Award in Social Work
The Callie Ann Hall Award in Social Work will be given annually to support a social work graduate student who is conducting research on the impacts of chemical dependency, its prevention and treatment. Examples of the types of activities that will be supported are funding of field research, travel to professional meetings and/or conferences, data processing and student financial need.
Janice Baumback Scholarship Award
One $1,000 annual award made to an MSW graduate student taking advanced courses (who are entering into their second year if full time). Announcement is made by April 1st. Application deadline is April 15th. Decision is made by May 1st and recipient is notified via letter. The award is received the following September.
Lola Moeller Zook & Leslie G. Moeller Community Service Award
One annual award of up to $1,000 is made to a graduate student in Social Work who is studying, is active in, or intends to pursue employment in the field of community service. Announcement is made April 1st, 2016 and application materials deadline is April 15th, 2016. Decision is made by May 1st and recipient is notified via letter by May 15th, 2016. The award is received the following September.
Mildred J. Snider Memorial Scholarship
One $1,000 annual award made to a social work graduate student based on career aspirations in policy development and research and scholastic potential. Announcement for student self-nominations is made April 1st, 2016. Application deadline is April 15th, 2016 and decision made by May 1st, 2016. The award is received the following September.
The Student Diversity Scholarship Fund
The Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee of the School established this fund. The intention of this fund is to enhance recruitment efforts of the School to recruit students of color. The fund is used at the discretion of the Director in consultation with the admissions committee chair. Currently, this fund is being developed.
John Craft Excellence in Research Award
This award is made to honor the memory of John Craft, former Professor of Research at the School of Social Work. Excellence in student research in the area of child welfare is recognized with a monetary gift to one undergraduate and one graduate student. Announcement made in early fall and applications are accepted until January 15th. Decision is made by early-February and recipients are notified via letter by mid-February. The award is received in May.
The Larry Panther Service Award
This is an award to recognize an undergraduate social work major for outstanding contributions as a social service volunteer during the academic year. Students, faculty and agency personnel are invited to submit nominations for the undergraduate student who is graduating in the current year and who has made an outstanding contribution as a volunteer. The call for nominations is announced March 1st and nominations are accepted until March 15th. Both the student and the agency are recognized at graduation in May and receive Certificates of Recognition.
The Former Faculty Scholarship
The Former Faculty Scholarship is given annually to one undergraduate (BA Social Work) student and one graduate (MSW) student. Each $500 Scholarship is awarded from funds that have been donated to the School in memory of deceased faculty along with donations from faculty, current and former students and friends of retiring faculty to honor their contributions to the School during their tenure. A committee of former faculty members determined that this scholarship should not be solely based on academic excellence but include students who have a diverse array of experiences, cultures, interesting extracurricular experiences and who are futuristic oriented people.
Graduate Assistantships 2016-17
The School of Social Work is advertising for graduate teaching assistantships for the fall and spring semesters of 2016-17. Some of these will be new appointments, while others may be renewed. Assistantship positions are quarter-time (10 hours per week) and are located in Iowa City unless otherwise indicated. Due to the uncertainty of state appropriations and departmental budgets at this time, some assistantships may not be filled or delayed in being filled until the positions can be funded.
Teaching assistants assist faculty with course instruction. We anticipate having at least 7 teaching assistantships available. 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. It is anticipated that the following courses will 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. General Information Application Form
Application packets for graduate assistantships will be available in the main office, Room 308 North Hall, beginning Monday, February 29, 2016. The application deadline is Friday, March 18, 2016. Application materials should be returned to Chuck Wieland, Operations Administrator, Room 308 North Hall. Please feel free to contact Mr. Wieland at 335-1263 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding these assistantships.
The terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to wages and benefits, in these positions are governed by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and UE Local 896/COGS, the union representing graduate teaching and research assistants at the University of Iowa. Copies of this collective bargaining agreement will be provided upon your appointment and may be viewed either from the University web site: http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/relations/Cogs/cogs.html or from the Union web site: http://www.cogs.org
University of Iowa Support
The Graduate College awards fellowships for incoming students, dissertation-year fellowships, summer fellowships, and travel awards.
- View a complete list of awards at http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/financing-your-education
- International travel awards are available from International Programs
- Students who are differently-abled are eligible for awards through the Student Disabilities Services Office
- Graduate College Financial Aid Information
- Step-by-Step Guide to Financing Your Education
- Application Form for Graduate Assistantships
- Office of Student Financial Aid
- Diversity-Oriented Grants and Scholarships
- Office of Graduate Inclusion
- Graduate Tuition Scholarships
- SROP/McNair Scholars Program
- Latino Social Workers Association
External Pre- and Post-Doctoral Support
For information about funding for social work doctoral education, including dissertation support, from outside the University of Iowa, visit
- The Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) (click “technical resources” and download the list)
- The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE)
- The Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
- The Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation, a donor-advisory fund established with The New York Community Trust, announces two grant programs that are difficult locate at the SSWR’s site. Grants of up to $3,000 are available to help support doctoral dissertation expenses of students in the United States or Canada. Proposals must have clear relevance to major social problems affecting families or individuals or to interventions designed to assist individuals, couples, or families in their functioning and well-being. Deadlines: Twice annually - May 1 and November 1. To obtain an application, visit http://www.fahsbeckfund.org/grant_programs.html