School of Social Work Graduate Student Scholarships

The Curtis A. Leonard, PhD, and Jacqueline H. Leonard Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 by Curtis A. Leonard, former dean of the School of Social Work, and Jacqueline H. Leonard to provide scholarships for academically talented students enrolled in the master’s degree program in the School of Social Work.

Established in 1983 by family and friends of Deborah Harris, who was a graduate student in the School of Social Work, the G Deborah Harris Memorial Fund provides for an annual award for a graduate student from Temple University's School of Social Work, who wishes to pursue a career in criminal justice. The fund may also be used to offer an annual grant for research on violent crime, particularly its impacts upon women.

The Dr. Grace Ganter Memorial Fund was established in 1987 in memory of former faculty member Grace Ganter to provide for an annual prize to the student in the Master of Social Work program who has demonstrated overall excellence in the pursuit of graduate studies.

The Kimberly Caton, CLA ’88, SSW ’94, Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 by Sydney and Thomas Caton to provide scholarships for Temple University graduate students enrolled in the Master of Social Work program who have an interest in the field of child welfare, and who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.

Established in 2013 by Christopher Federici, Kathleen Federici and Christopher Bowser, the Kristin Federici Bowser Memorial Award Fund provides an annual award for students of academic achievement (3.5 GPA) and professional leadership who are enrolled in the Master of Social Work program in the School of Social Work who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Temple social work program through leadership activities and to the social work profession through generous professional self-development, perhaps with a focus on child and maternal health, similar to that exemplified by Kristin Federici Bowser.

The Megan and Emily Peck Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1978 by Emily Freas, EDU ’64, SSW ’78, to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Social Work. The scholarship fund is geared towards female junior or senior students pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in social work or a graduate student working towards a Master's Degree in social work. Recipients memorial scholarship fund should have finance her own education, either totally or in part, and have good moral character. Female students who have lost their fathers, or who have been abandoned by their fathers shall be preferred over all other candidates for this scholarship fund.

Established in 2012 by Kate Perry, the Sherman Perry Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Social Work, with preference given to an undergraduate or graduate student with financial need, a GPA of 3.5 (or higher), and a demonstrated interest in working with individuals dealing with mental health issues.

College of Public Health Graduate Student Scholarships

The College of Public Health offers a number of different funding sources for graduate students. 

Established in 2013 by David R. Devereaux, FOX ’86, the CPH Visionary Research Fund provides research grants to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Public Health, offering the opportunity to engage with faculty in research that builds knowledge about health, well-being, and opportunities for people and their communities.

The Emergency Fund was established in 2016 by the College of Public Health’s Board of Visitors to provide financial support to students with emergencies that will interfere with academic progress. Applicants must be in good academic standing to be eligible.

Established in 2013 by Robert R. Brandis, the Jill Brandis Memorial Visionary Research Fund provides research grants to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Public Health, offering the opportunity to engage with faculty in research that builds knowledge about health, well-being, and opportunities for people and their communities.

Established in 2005 by Shire Pharmaceuticals, the Shire Fellows Fund provides fellowships for either graduate students or postdoctoral students enrolled in the College of Public Health who plan to pursue careers in the psychopharmacology of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or the psychopharmacology of ADHD and other related problems.

Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships are available through Temple’s Graduate School for students with exceptional academic records. They include

  • Presidential Fellowships, which are reserved for only the most outstanding candidates;
  • University Fellowships, which are intended to support students who demonstrate outstanding potential for success in their chosen fields; and
  • Future Faculty Fellowships, which are meant to attract outstanding students who would diversify the professoriate. Candidates are newly admitted graduate students from underrepresented groups in an applicant’s discipline who show exceptional leadership or have overcome significant obstacles in pursuing academic careers. For more information, visit the Future Faculty Fellow Program webpage.

These fellowships provide a stipend plus tuition for two years. Check out this Fellowship FAQ for more answers to common questions.

Fellowship Advising

Information on fellowship-related workshops for current graduate students can be found in the Deadlines and Events section of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising. Resources for preparing applications can be found under Application Resources.

If you are considering applying for a graduate fellowship, schedule an appointment to meet with the fellowships advisor. You do not need to have a draft prepared; sometimes talking through your ideas is a great starting point.

Graduate Student External Funding

Learn more about the numerous external awards and funds available to graduate students. A selection of externally funded fellowships is also included below.

External Funding Sources

Note: These external fellowship opportunities fund supplemental experiences (research, institutes) or graduate studies or research. They are typically not intended to cover Temple’s tuition and fees.

The American Association of University Women awards grants and fellowships to students performing research in a wide range of disciplines and working to improve their schools and communities.

Ford Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. Predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships are awarded.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for independent study, research and creative projects or English teaching assistantships abroad for an academic year. All enrolled students must apply through the university; see Temple's Fulbright page for more information.

Fellowship Databases and Other Resources

The AAAS Fellowships Resources lists professional associations that often offer awards, scholarships or funding opportunities in that discipline.

The Cornell Fellowships Database is a searchable database for graduate students.

Through GRAPES at UCLA you can search for awards from more than 600 fellowships, grants, postdoctoral awards and scholarships for applicants to graduate programs, current graduate students working on master’s theses or doctoral dissertations and postdoc scholars.

The Rutgers GradFund is a searchable database for graduate students.

Federal Stafford Loans

Applying for Federal Stafford Loans requires completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). At Temple University, unsubsidized Stafford loans up to a maximum amount of $20,500 annually are available to full-time graduate students.

Federal Work-Study

Eligibility for the Federal Work-Study program is based on applicant need as determined by the information on an applicant’s FAFSA. In addition, students must be enrolled at least half-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students are paid biweekly for hours worked.

Learn more about aid, scholarship and work-study options at Student Financial Services, as well as aid information specific to graduate students.