Funding Opportunities

Within-State tuition fees at FIU are reasonable ( However, there are fellowships that cover tuition and provide additional funds to help students focus on their studies without the burden of outside employment. There is financial support for Students Applying to the Program, as well as for Current Students. 


Students Applying to the Program


Students applying well before the application deadline (February 15th) and whose applications are complete may compete within the university for competitive funding. The University Graduate School has a number of Fellowships for new students, such as the Presidential Fellowship. For more information click on the following link:


In addition, there are competitive awards provided by the Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work to the most meritorious applicants. These awards have provided full tuition waivers with a generous stipend. Students may inquire to the Doctoral Program Coordinator about these opportunities.


Current Students


For currently enrolled students, there are opportunities within the university, such as the Dissertation Evidence Acquisition (DEA) Fellowship. Click on the following link for more information:


In addition, there are competitive awards provided by the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work to ongoing students who are excelling in their studies and are meeting program deadlines. These few awards have provided full tuition waivers with a generous stipend.


There are numerous opportunities for funding from sources outside the university for students currently enrolled. Doctoral students interested in funding for research in health-related areas are encouraged to talk with their advisors about applying for an NIH F31, Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award. Our program has had numerous grantees. For more information, click on the following link:​

Another of funding is the Social Work Research Network (SWRNet), which has a listing of opportunities often related to funding doctoral dissertation research. Sign up for their newsletter at:


Another source, which provided some of the links below, is the Philanthropy News Digest at Some of the awards are on a one-time basis, others are annual. Students are encouraged to investigate the links below.





Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

The MFP provides mentorship and training to ethnic minority social work professionals, preparing them for leadership roles in mental health research and in the delivery of mental health services. MFP accomplishes this by supporting students in completing their doctoral degrees in the field of social work.

NASW Foundation Fellowship, Scholarship and Research Awards

NASW Foundation scholarships and fellowships help to provide the financial resources to support students pursuing a variety of social work specialties​​   
Doctoral Training Grants in Oncology Social Work
​Awards to doctoral students to conduct research related to oncology social work. Initial 2-year grant providing a stipend of $20,000 per year with possibility of a 2-year competitive renewal. Due date: October.
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grants and Dissertation Fellowships for Scholars Focusing on Problems of Violence and Aggression

Sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence and aggression. The foundation provides both research grants to established scholars and dissertation fellowships to graduate students during the dissertation-writing year. Deadline: varies

Melissa Institute for violence Prevention and Treatment

April of every year


Post-Doctoral Awards



Description/Usual Deadline


NIH Loan Repayment Programs

Participants in the NIH Loan Repayment Programs Receive Up to $35,000 Annually to Help Repay Student Loans.