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Global Activities Scholars Program

The Global Activities Scholars Program (GASP) is a unique opportunity for students interested in working with individuals, communities, and organizations in a global context as part of their MSW program. Up to eight incoming students will be selected each year to complete a global field placement during the spring/summer term (May - August). The purpose of the program is to provide students committed to global social work practice an opportunity to live in a foreign country while completing a part of their field placement requirement.

Applicants may select any practice method concentration and practice area except for the Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health combination due to limitations in the field. Please note that placements for Interpersonal Practice and Social Policy and Evaluation are limited. In addition, dual degree Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health students are not eligible for this program.

Awards are based primarily on previous academic work, recommendations, human services employment experience, previous global experience, engagement in global issues, the applicant's written supplementary statement, and scholarship application materials.

Global Activities Scholars Program funding

Global Activities Scholars Sam Giacobozzi and Janelle Fa'Aola in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Nonresident Award: $8,500/semester plus one-time $6,000 in spring-summer ($40,000 total for four terms or $31,500 for three terms)
  • Resident Award: $3,500/semester plus one-time $6,000 in spring-summer ($20,000 total for four terms or $16,500 for three terms)

The funding package above takes into consideration the costs of a global field placement such as visa fees, the cost of a plane ticket, in-country housing and living expenses. Global Activities Scholars are responsible for covering all additional costs associated with a global field placement. The Office of Global Activities does not provide additional money to accepted students. Students should apply for additional funding resources or plan to self-fund remaining expenses.

Currently Approved Field Placement Locations

* = Arabic or Hebrew fluency will greatly increase field placement options

** = Requires Spanish fluency

*** = Cantonese or Mandarin language skills are highly preferred

Note: Field placement locations are subject to change. Applicants may indicate site preferences on their application, but ultimately the Office of Global Activities and the Office of Field Education will make the final decision about placement sites based upon fit and availability.

Program Requirements

  • Enrollment in the 16-month schedule, MicroMasters MSW, or Advanced Standing curriculum schedule
  • Enrollment and successful completion of SW 515, Foundation Field Education, and SW 531 Foundation Field Education Seminar, receiving grades of satisfactory during the fall term of the admittance year (Advanced Standing eligible students must successfully complete SW 691, Advanced Field Education during the fall term)
  • Global Activities Scholars must enroll in a 1-credit preparation seminar (SW 648) during the winter term before leaving for their global field placement. In addition, scholars must take a 3-credit globally focused graduate level course
  • Acceptance by one of the approved global field placement location sites
  • Possession of, or eligibility for, a passport
  • A commitment to global social work practice
  • Global Activities Scholars will be required to attend mandatory post experience meetings in the fall once they return

Application

  • All potential MSW students who are interested in working with individuals, communities, and organizations in a global context are invited to apply.
  • Application deadlines: December 1 of the prior year (early application), February 1 (priority), or March 1. Selection of applicants will be made from all dates with priority given to those applicants that meet the December and February deadlines.
  • Deferred admits planning to enroll in fall 2019 must submit their special program application by November 2, 2018.
  • Your MSW application must be complete by the scholarship application deadline.
  • If you would like to apply for the Global Activities Scholars Program, then please answer "yes" to the question, "Do you plan to apply to an SSW Special Program?" found on the Financial Assistance page of the MSW online application and then select the Global Activities Scholars Program checkbox. The Global Activities Scholars Program application pages will be added to the end of your online MSW application.
  • Applicants may select any practice method concentration and practice area except for the Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health combination. The Global Activities Scholars Program is not available for students selecting Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health on their MSW application.

If you have questions please contact the Office of Global Activities at (734) 936-1964 or ssw.oga@umich.edu.

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