School of Social Work at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Why you should consider this program

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) Program. 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 cities, neighborhoods, and communities. This is done through coursework and field placements (internship) based in Detroit and surrounding areas.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 51,512 $ 20,000 $ 31,512
Out of state $ 82,544 $ 40,000 $ 42,544
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Scholarship applied to tuition.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 54,522

Application fee waived?



The Community-Based Initiative in Detroit offers opportunities for innovative practice in community-based field agencies. Field placements must be completed in the Detroit area including Highland Park, Hamtramck, and Middle-Eastern communities of East Dearborn. Note: students must have their own transportation to and from their field placement site(s).

 Some possible agencies include: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), AIDS Partnership Michigan, American Indian Health and Family Services, Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center, Detroit College Promise, Detroit Parent Network, Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA), Kids-TALK, Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) of Michigan.

Jobs for program alumni

CBI alumni work as community organizers, policymakers, program planners, organization managers and administrators, evaluators, and foundation staff within Michigan, the US, and internationally. 

Other details

Program length


Application requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, with competitive grades, from an accredited institution
  • One academic transcript is required from each college/university you have attended 
  • Three recommendations are required
  •  Supplementary Statement
  •  Admissions Conduct Questions 
  • Resume 
  • Financial Aid Application for Grants/Scholarships 
  • School of Social Work Special Programs Application 
  • No admissions tests (e.g., GRE, GMAT) are required for admission to the MSW program 
  • Complete information on Instructions for Online MSW application

Admissions process

If you are a returned Peace Corps volunteer applying to the Community-Based Initiative in Detroit as a Coverdell Fellow, then your application fee will be waived. You will need to upload your Description of Service (DOS) on the appropriate page. If you do not have a DOS yet because you are currently serving in the Peace Corps, please ask your country director or program manager for a brief letter verifying your status as a Peace Corps Volunteer. This letter may be uploaded in place of the DOS.

Upon acceptance into the U-M MSW Program, you will be notified whether you have been accepted into the CBI Program as a Coverdell Fellow.

Program begins

The Tuesday after Labor Day

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Katie Lopez, Assistant Director, Office of Global Activities & Adjunct Lecturer

1080 S. University Ave.
Rm 3688
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109