Stipend Programs

MSW Stipend Training Programs

The CSUEB MSW Program is pleased to be able to offer five specialized stipend training programs for our students: the CalSWEC Adult Protective Services Training Program, CalSWEC Public Behavioral Health MSW Training Program, the California Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Training Program, the San Francisco Bay Area Integrated Behavioral Health MSW Training Program, and the Harvey L. and Maud C. Sorensen Fellowship Program in Childhood Mental Health. Please click and scroll through this page to learn about these opportunities.

Funded by the California Office of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) as part of a statewide behavioral health workforce development initiative, the CalSWEC PBH MSW Training Program seeks to better prepare MSW students to provide effective, evidence-based behavioral health care in publicly funded programs and settings, proactively support the integration of behavioral health care services with and within other public services and systems, and enhance the retention and development of MSWs in public behavioral health programs and settings.

This training program is open to currently enrolled MSW students who are in good academic standing, matched with practicum placements for the training year at sites that receive public funding to provide behavioral health care services, and are not receiving funding support from any other HCAI-administered training or scholarship program. MSW students can apply and be accepted to the training program for one academic year at a time.

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California Title IV-E Education Program

The California Title IV-E Education Program  provides professional education and monetary support to graduate social work students who intend to pursue or continue a career in the field of public child welfare. The program is funded through a federal grant from the Title IV-E Social Security Act. 

This program is open to all incoming students who meet normal CSUEB MSW admissions standards as well as all Title IV-E requirements. Interested students must submit an application to participate in the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program. IV-E applicants must apply to the CSUEB Master of Social Work program simultaneously and will only be considered for the Child Welfare Stipend Program if they are offered admission to the MSW program. Application information for Fall 2025 admissions will be available August 2024.  Please click here for more information about this program.

The application period begins on October 1, 2023, and will conclude on January 15, 2024.  Please click the following link to read all details on the IV-E Program eligibility criteria and application processes before applying: Title IV-E Info Sheet.

Once you have reviewed the Title IV-E Info Sheet, you may click on the following link to access the Title IV-E Fall 2024 Application in order to apply.

The goals of the CalSWEC Title IV-E MSW Program:

  • To increase the number of public child welfare (PCW) workers in California with MSW degrees
  • To prioritize the enrollment of current state/county/Tribal social services staff
  • To prioritize the enrollment of students who reflect the diversity of California’s child welfare population
  • To provide specific program support through the provision of monetary support to students
  • To provide specific program support through a specialized competency-based child welfare curriculum

CSUEB IV-E Alumni Testimonial: Read about our CSUEB Title IV-E alumni’s (Najeeb Kamil) testimonial: CSUEB IV-E Alumni Testimonial

Child Welfare Worker Realistic Job Preview: Watch this video for a realistic look into what child welfare work entails - get a feel for what skills and qualifications are needed on the job, as well as what a typical day would look like. Realistic Job Preview

Hear from Former Title IV-E Students: Find out what former Title IV-E students all over California have to say about the program: IV-E Students Speak

Title IV-E Graduate Testimonial, En Español: IV-E Graduate Testimonial Spanish

The SF Bay Area IBH MSW Training Program, for Advanced Year Students in the Community Mental Health concentration, focuses on preparing students to work in integrated primary care and behavioral health settings, such as settings where people can get help with medical issues like diabetes or asthma, and also get support for mental and behavioral health needs. This video helps explain the model:

Students complete their second-year internship in an eligible setting and participate in trainings in the integration of primary care and behavioral health and inter-professional practice. Some of the training is with students through the Samuel Merritt Interprofessional Program at the Simulation Lab

The program is funded through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and managed in partnership with the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC). Students who participate in this program receive a $10,000 stipend. A call for applications is sent out to first-year MSW students towards the end of the fall semester, and an information session is typically held in early spring semester. We are able to offer this stipend to six students each year.

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The Sorensen CMH Fellowship Program is funded by the Harvey L. and Maud C. Sorensen Foundation. This program provides specialized training and support to a cohort of MSW students during their advanced/final year of study who graduate with a demonstrated commitment to and specialized training in childhood mental health with the goal of meeting community needs in this critical area of social work practice.

The Sorensen CMH Fellowship is open to currently enrolled CSUEB MSW students within the Community Mental Health or Children, Youth, and Families Concentration who are entering their advanced/final year of MSW study in good academic standing and are matched/matching with a practicum internship for 20-24 hours per week throughout the academic year in a setting that serves children and youth with mental health conditions including schools, child-focused public mental health clinics, children's hospitals, juvenile detention centers, and shelters for homeless youth.

Please click here for more information about this program.