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.  Application

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. Baumback Financial Need Form

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,  and application materials deadline is April 7th, 2017. Decision is made by May 1st and recipient is notified via letter by May 15th. The award is received the following September. Zook Moeller Financial Need Form

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 7th, 2017 and decision made by May 1st. 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 February 1st and applications are accepted until March 31. Decision is made by mid-April. 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     MSW Application         
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.

Megan Sloss Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to full-time MSW students. The award will be announced in May of the student’s first year and disbursed in the Fall semester of the student’s second year. Applications are due Friday, April 7, 2017.

Graduate Assistantships 2017-18  New Deadline-May 19, 2017

The School of Social Work is advertising for graduate teaching assistantships for the fall and spring semesters of 2017-18.  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.  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.  The following courses will have a teaching assistant assigned: Discrimination Oppression Diversity, Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence   General Information             Application Form

Application packets for graduate assistantships will be available in the main office, Room 308 North Hall, beginning Tues. February 28, 2017.  The application deadline is May 19th.  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 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: or from the Union web site:

University of Iowa Support

The Graduate College awards fellowships for incoming students, dissertation-year fellowships, summer fellowships, and travel awards.

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

​See also: University of Iowa yearly costs of tuition and fees