Master of Social Work Stipends

Financial aid for your MSW degree

In addition to scholarships, stipends help supplement the cost of your education. At GSSW, we offer several stipend opportunities in discipline areas such as child welfare, aging and behavioral integrated health. If awarded a stipend, you must dedicate one to two years of service in Colorado after graduation.

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$520,000 The Graduate School of Social Work awards $520,000 in stipends each year.

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CLIMB Stipends

The Collaborative Learning and Innovative Educational Models of Behavioral Health Program (CLIMB) is a behavioral health workforce program that provides 50 MSW students in their concentration year a $10,000 stipend and specialized training. 

There are two types of CLIMB stipend awards: 

CLIMB@DU Stipend 

Climb@DU is a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET) Stipend. MSW students complete field internships in an integrated behavioral health setting and are committed to working in integrated behavioral health in Colorado or the Four Corners region after graduation.


CLIMB-OWEP is an Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Stipend. MSW students complete field internships with interprofessional organizations designed to help meet the behavioral health needs of people in high-need and medically underserved communities who have—or are at risk for—opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders, including children, adolescents and transitional-age youth. 

CLIMB@DU and CLIMB-OWEP Application Information
  • Program Eligibility: students in the Denver Campus, Four Corners and Western Colorado MSW programs
  • Student Eligibility: current students completing their concentration curriculum.
  • Application Deadline: late June each year

It is imperative that the behavioral health workforce is increased to help with the complex mental health issues the residents of our state face. Of the 64 counties in Colorado, 56 are designated as mental health professional shortage areas.

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Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend

In partnership with the Butler Institute for Families and the Colorado Department of Human Services, we offer 20 child welfare stipends ranging from $12,000 -$14,000 so you can effectively serve families who use public child welfare services. Students who receive a stipend must commit one year of post-graduation employment with a Colorado county or the tribal department of human/social services in a child welfare position.

Child Welfare Stipend Application Information
  • Program Eligibility: students in the Denver Campus, Four Corners and Western Colorado MSW programs
  • Student Eligibility: students in the Child Welfare or Advanced Social Work Practice concentration. 
  • Application Deadline: 
    Round 1: Early March each year
    Round 2: Early May each year
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GWEP Stipend

In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), we offer four, $10,000 Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) stipends to students who are passionate about a career working with older adults who may have Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Students who receive a stipend must contractually agree to practice in a geriatric setting in Colorado for a minimum of two years after graduation. 

GWEP Stipend Application Information
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Mutual Aid Fellowship

For students interested in community mutual aid, we offer six $5,000 fellowships. Students participate in a weekly field seminar plus field placements at agencies including Lifespan Local, Angelica Village and Mutual Aid Mondays.

Mutual Aid Fellowship Application Information
  • Program Eligibility: students in the Denver Campus MSW programs
  • Student Eligibility: admitted Denver Campus MSW Program and Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program students
  • Application Deadline: late February of each year

Want to learn more about how to apply for GSSW stipends?

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CLIMB@DU Partnerships

Application Information

Upcoming Final Application Deadline: Summer 2023 Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program