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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor — School of Social Work

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded:
Social Work (MSW)
Admissions Deadlines:

December 1st.  (Applicants after December 1st will be considered if Fellows slots are still available.)

Admissions Cycle:

Early Application Deadline: December 1st

Priority Deadline: March 1st

Application Deadline: June 1st.

Program Start:
Early September
Program Founded:
April, 2013


Application fee waiver and Scholarship worth $20,000 for Michigan residents and $40,000 for non-Michigan residents. The scholarship is distributed evenly over the 4 semesters.


Coverdell Fellows in the University of Michigan School of Social Work will study the practice area of Community and Social Systems with a concentration in either Community Organization, Management of Human Services, or Social Policy and Evaluation. Fellows will be part of the school’s Community-Based Initiative (CBI). The purpose of the CBI program is to train and support a new generation of social workers dedicated to community and social change in urban areas while addressing community-identified priorities and needs. As a part of their program, CBI students complete a yearlong social work internship in Detroit or the surrounding urban areas. Upon graduation Fellows will receive a Master of Social Work (MSW.)


Applicants are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, with competitive grades, from an accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate record that reflects a liberal arts perspective. Students must have a minimum of 20 academic semester credits in psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, history, political science, government, and/or languages. Students need to have coursework from three or more disciplines to meet the liberal arts minimum credits. Additionally, students are required to have taken a human biology course or a course on the biological determinants of human behavior prior to admission. Students who do not meet the requirements may be admitted if these requirements are met prior to enrollment.

No admissions tests (e.g., GRE, GMAT) are required for admission to the MSW program.

Prospective Coverdell Fellows should apply through the standard MSW application and check the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Community‐Based Initiative (CBI) checkboxes. By indicating interest in the CBI program the supplemental CBI application will be added to the end of the regular online MSW application. Prospective Fellows must complete this supplementary application.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Katie Lopez
Program Manager of the Office of Global Activities

School of Social Work
1080 S. University Ave. Room 3688
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

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