Ph.D. scholarships

School of Social Work resources

Graduate research assistantships, university fellowships and tuition assistance

Graduate research assistantships, university fellowships and full- or partial-tuition assistance are usually available to most full-time Ph.D. students in their first two years of course work. Some traineeships and scholarships are also available to full- and part-time students and are awarded based on availability and student qualifications and interests.

Teaching opportunities

Most Ph.D. students are provided with an opportunity to teach in our B.S.W. or M.S.W. programs during the time they are doctoral students. Doctoral students are paid as adjunct faculty members if they are contracted to teach a class in the school. This payment may be in addition to any other form of financial assistance they may be receiving. VCU also currently offers adjunct faculty the opportunity to apply for a tuition waiver benefit.

The Frank and Pat Baskind Gift-Giving Fund for Students with Special Needs

This fund, created by Dean Emeritus Frank Baskind and his wife, Pat, provides financial assistance to part- and full-time B.S.W., M.S.W. or Ph.D. students who have a special need and are experiencing a particularly challenging situation concurrent with the pursuit of their degree.

Hans Falck Doctoral Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a Ph.D. candidate to help defray the expenses of conducting dissertation research that seeks to advance knowledge about human health and community. The Hans Falck Doctoral Scholarship is named for one of our emeritus faculty who is well-known nationally and internationally for his commitment to health social work and the development of the “membership perspective.”

Hurtado Family Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2009 by Dianna L. (M.S.W. ‘90) and Col. (RET) Arthur D. Hurtado, this fund supports students who demonstrate potential success and leadership in the profession.

Robin M. McKinney Dissertation Honor Fund

VCU’s School of Social Work renamed its endowed Dissertation Honor Fund in memory of Robin Michele McKinney, a doctoral candidate who passed away unexpectedly in February 2010. McKinney was actively working on her dissertation, a project to help us better understand the disproportionate incidence and impact of intimate partner violence on African-American women. To extend McKinney’s legacy, the $1,000 award will be given to those whose research seeks to expose social injustices or advance social justice, or extend our appreciation of, and response to, the diversity of human experience.

McGrath Morris Doctoral Fellowship

Created by alumna Patty McGrath Morris, Ph.D. (M.S.W. ’03; Ph.D. ’05), and her husband, James, the McGrath Morris Fellowship provides a two-week writing retreat at the Morrises’ casita in Tesuque, New Mexico, near Santa Fe, a peaceful, creative environment conducive to thinking, conceptualizing and creative problem-solving. In addition, the fellowship provides a $1,000 stipend to cover travel and other expenses.