The Adelphi University School of Social Work was selected to participate in a premier program with the New York State Office of Mental Health. Graduate social work students like Stephanie Paterno work directly with adults diagnosed with severe mental illnesses—a unique bridge between two fields.
Helping You Afford Adelphi
We offer many ways to help make the path to a BSW, MSW or PhD affordable for all. Take advantage of our wide range of scholarships, fellowships and aid packages.
Fellowships With Stipends
Earn thousands of dollars with career-enhancing fellowships for our School or Social Work.
Adelphi University has been awarded a four-year federal training grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase access to integrated behavioral healthcare for children, adolescents and transitional-aged youth in underserved/high-demand communities.
The IDEATE Fellowship provides one year of specialized, interdisciplinary experiential training in primary care or behavioral health settings, coursework and seminars to 15 second-year MSW students. A student stipend of $10,000 is provided for the successful completion of the one-year fellowship. Students who live or have experience working in medically underserved areas are particularly encouraged to apply.
- Commitment to the program for one academic year
- Availability to intern on weekdays, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., in required coursework
- Participation in related evening seminars once a month
- Participation in program evaluation activities
There is an urgency now, as never before, to build on the lessons learned from the double pandemic —racism and COVID-19— in working with young people in communities that have been depicted through skewed lenses, pathologized and punished for ills that derive from the deepest inequities and violations of our most basic human needs. In a climate where statistics and stories are too often used to deny resources, we must listen to the voices of the children and parents and teachers that are too often muted because of their immigration status or the hue of their skin. There is an urgency to undo pathologizing of people and communities that occurs too often in the mental health industries to address fixing the systems that foster poverty, violence, poor performance and despair, instead of blaming the individuals oppressed by them.
Herstory Writers Network, Adelphi University School of Social Work, ERASE Racism, and the Wyandanch School District are coming together in a unique partnership to facilitate the improvement of the educational experience of students within the school district. Historically, structural racism and long-term inequities have continued to impact Wyandanch’s schools and students, and its community.
In an effort to dismantle such systems and support the success of this predominantly Black and Latinx students and community, Herstory Writers Network is offering five (5) second-year MSW students specialized fellowships for the 2023-2024 academic year. Fellows will earn a stipend of $10,000 for the academic year and fulfill their practicum placement requirements working with Herstory and ERASE Racism in the Wyandanch School community. Fellows will have an opportunity to utilize racial and social justice and equity principles on the macro, mezzo and micro levels. The Fellowship includes direct work with students, school administrators, teachers and staff, conducting research and drafting policy recommendations, community organizing, and curriculum development.
The New York State Office of Mental Health Schools of Social Work Project for Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health gives social work students an opportunity to join the mental health workforce and learn about evidence-based treatments for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness, including assertive community treatment (ACT), wellness self-management, integrated dual disorders, treatment for substance abuse and mental illness recovery-oriented practices.
Who can participate?
Second-year MSW students and Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) social work students are encouraged to apply. Be sure to ask about our Diversity Incentive Awards.
Complete the three required project components:
- Designated project course
- Approved evidence-based practice practicum placement
- Project colloquia
What does the program offer?
- Skills and knowledge about best practices in mental health social work
- Certificate of completion from the New York State Office of Mental Health
- Access to a list of competitive job openings in mental health agencies
- Opportunity to qualify for a financial award upon completion
Each Area Health Education Center (AHEC) scholar interested in a healthcare career will join an interprofessional team of students. Participants will work with patients to identify issues associated with social determinants of health and propose potential solutions that will aim to reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
Who can participate?
This fellowship is open to students who are seeking practicum placements located in the Hudson Valley region. Applicants who are entering their BSW junior year or MSW generalist (first-year) placement in the fall semester must be willing to commit to participation for two full academic years (in two different placement sites).
Each AHEC scholar will be required to complete an online curriculum, totaling 40 hours each academic year, which addresses topics designed to augment patient care—including cultural competency, practice transformation, behavioral health integration and interprofessional care coordination.
More Opportunities to Save
Life Experience Credits: BSW ANSWER Program
Students in Adelphi’s ANSWER program for paraprofessionals in the human services professions may be eligible for up to 10 life experience credits that can be applied toward elective requirements. Applications, which include written essays, are reviewed by faculty members to determine the number of credits awarded.
Aid for Veterans and Students on Active Duty
As a Yellow Ribbon school, Adelphi University is ranked in the top 20 percent of colleges that offer exceptional benefits and resources for veterans and active duty military. The Veteran’s Administration determines the type of benefits (Chapter) for which the veteran is eligible. All questions about your eligibility should be directed to the VA for resolution.
Social Work Scholarship Opportunities
Adelphi awards merit-based scholarships to qualified accepted students based on many factors. Depending on family need, you may also be eligible for additional grants, loans and the work-study program.
Financial Aid Packages
Adelphi University is dedicated to helping every student secure funding, and we offer a wide variety of financial assistance programs in addition to the various state and federal programs.
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- Extended Hours October 25-26: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm October 30-November 2: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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