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College of Social Work

Ph.D. Funding

Your doctoral education is in a major investment. As a Ph.D. student in the College of Social Work, our team will strive to make your graduate education within your financial reach.

Applicants admitted to the program may receive stipends, research assistantships and tuition remission for up to three years of full-time study. Students also often receive funding through fellowships, classroom and field teaching, and individually arranged research assistantships with individual faculty in the college or other campus units. Many of these opportunities also provide partial or full tuition offsets. 

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College of Social Work Scholarships and Fellowships


The Margaret Gheen Hartzog Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to assist disabled students in the MSW or Ph.D. programs. Students must have a documented disability and be registered with the Student Disability Resource Center.


The Linda M. Summer Social Work Pioneer Fellowship was established to recognize outstanding academic performance, leadership and social work practice.



  • Financial need
  • Male student

Graduate School Fellowships

We nominate highly qualified Ph.D. applicants for the prestigious Presidential and Trustee Recruiting Fellowships.

Research Assistantships

As a Ph.D. student, you will work with one or more faculty members on faculty research projects for two days per week. As a research assistant, you will engage in a variety of qualitative and quantitative research activities, including literature review, study design, data collection, data analysis and synthesis of results. You will be encouraged to co-author conference presentations and manuscripts for publication. In addition, you will learn practical and procedural skills about matters such as community engagement, dataset management, Institutional Review Board compliance and grant proposal development.

Classroom Teaching

You may also work as a teaching assistant to a faculty member. In this role, you will learn course and class preparation, class instruction and student assessment. After successfully completing a teaching practicum, you will be eligible to independently teach required courses in the college’s bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. As you gain social work teaching experience, you may also develop and teach new elective courses with faculty supervision.

Field Teaching

If you have social work practice experience, you may work as a field liaison or, in some cases, as a field instructor. These roles will help you gain supervisory experience and learn to assess student mastery of practice skills.


You may qualify for other forms of financial aid to support your doctoral education, such as:

  • Travel funds: You may apply to the College of Social Work's Ph.D. program for partial funding to attend professional conferences up to two times per year. Travel funding is also available from The Graduate School.
  • Dissertation expenses: You may apply to the Ph.D. program for limited assistance with dissertation-related expenses, such as databases or printing. 
  • Faculty support: You may receive travel and research support from faculty mentoring or research funds.
  • Dissertation support: The Office of the Vice President for Research offers the Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity (SPARC) program to support Ph.D. dissertation research.
  • External fellowships and grants: The Ph.D. program provides information about assistance in applying for numerous external fellowships and grants.

Additional funding tips and opportunities are available from The Graduate School.


Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Living & Neighborhood Relations can help you connect with roommates, find apartment communities and more. If you are new to the area, we encourage you to visit and explore Columbia

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