Applicants Sought For 2012 Social Work Child Welfare Congressional Fellowship

TSwpi logohe Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Social Work Child Welfare Congressional Fellowship. The application information is now available at and the applications for this ONE YEAR FELLOWSHIP are due by Monday, March 5, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

The fellowship will provide the opportunity for an experienced social worker with substantial child welfare experience to gain invaluable national public policy experience by spending one year working on the development of federal child welfare policy in the United States Senate.  This is a great opportunity to contribute a social work perspective to the development of public policy, to broaden awareness of the value of social work-government collaboration, and to contribute child welfare practice and research knowledge to the policy-making process. It is also a unique professional experience to gain practical knowledge about how policy is made.

Candidates must:

  • Have a social work degree
  • Have at least 5 years of professional child welfare experience and expertise
  • Have an understanding of the policy-making process and federal child welfare policies and  legislation
  • Be a current member in good standing of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Be able to spend 12 months living in the Washington, DC area and working on Capitol Hill.

Only one fellow will be selected and the Fellowship will start as soon as possible after the selection is made based on the successful applicant’s schedule and other logistics. The Fellow’s stipend will range from $65,000 to $85,000, plus up to an additional $10,000 to cover travel and other relevant expenses (e.g., moving, attending professional social work conferences, etc.).  Finalists for the Fellowship will be invited to participate in an in-person interview in Washington, DC in early Spring.

For more information about the application details, visit   If you have additional questions please submit them to

Please forward this information to others who may be interested and eligible.

For more information about the NASW Social Work Policy Institute, visit


Joan Levy Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW

Director, Social Work Policy Institute

January 25th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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  1. I dont agree with this 100% but it brings up some excellent points.


    30 Jan 12 at 12:16 am

  2. Is this open to people who are not living in the US?

    Hellen Ajode

    30 Jan 12 at 10:13 am

  3. I am very interested in applying for the Congressional Fellowship. However, I am in the midst of finishing up my dissertation this spring. I want to know what kind of flexibility there will be around the start date of the Fellowship given that I would not be available to start right away.

    Julanne Colvin

    6 Feb 12 at 5:05 pm

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