Michigan Title IV-E Child Welfare Fellowship

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The Title IV-E Child Welfare Fellowship is an opportunity to provide additional resources and support to social work students committed to working in the Child Welfare System - Children’s Protective Services, Foster Care, Licensing, and Adoption. This program aims to recruit, retain, and educate social work students to be leaders in the child welfare field. The fellowship includes requirements for coursework and field education. Additionally, fellows will receive a stipend. Fellows will be contractually obligated to search for and accept employment in public, private, or tribal child welfare agencies in the State of Michigan upon graduation.


Fellows may receive a $5,000 per semester stipend for up to 3 semesters.

  • The stipend is considered financial assistance and will be reported to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
  • The fellow is responsible for their own tax liability that may arise as a result of receiving the stipend. 


  • Complete the MDHHS-approved Child Welfare Certificate (CWC) requirements as a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) student. 
  • Must maintain good academic standing in the BSW program with a grade point average that is 3.0 or above in social work classes.
  • Complete a minimum 400-hour supervised BSW field placement in a public, private, and/or tribal child welfare agency that meets the requirements of the CWC.
  • Must be employed in an approved position at a public, private, or tribal child welfare agency in Michigan for the minimum payback period upon graduation.