MSW Fellowship in Aging
As part of its continued commitment to fostering excellence in social work and aging, the Rutgers School of Social Work offers fellowships in social work and aging. MSW students who are selected as fellows demonstrate exceptional commitment to work with older adults and their families. They also demonstrate a high level of potential for enacting leadership in gerontology at any level of social work practice. The MSW Fellowship in Aging is part of Rutgers' participation in the national Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education.
To Learn More about the Fellowship
- Visit the "frequently asked questions" page about the program by clicking here.
- View a brief informational video about the program by clicking here.
- Learn about prior fellows' leadership projects by clicking links within the box located in the top right-hand corner of this webpage.
Benefits of the Fellowship
- A scholarship of $2,000.
- An enhanced field placement in aging that includes a student-directed, field-based project to promote leadership development for the field of aging.
- Additional advising from faculty and peers.
- A mark of distinction on your resume.
- Accepted into the MSW Aging & Health Certificate program.
- Students in either the Clinical OR Management and Policy(MAP) specializations are eligible to apply.
How to Apply
The Application for the Fellowship in Aging 2019-2020 is now closed.
2019-2020 MSW Fellows in Aging
Congratulations to the cohort of MSW Fellows in Aging for the 2019-2020 academic year:
Fellowship Project: “Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care Assessments, Interventions & Evaluations”
Field Site: Parker Health Group
As part of her fellowship project, Anne developed a comprehensive training for the staff at her field site, a long-term care facility, on trauma-informed care. The training focused on how to identify trauma in residents and staff, and recommended practical strategies for addressing retraumatizing triggers. The training was used as part of an in-service educational program for the current staff at the facility and will be adopted as part of the facility’s orientation for future staff. Additionally, Anne analyzed the facility’s intake assessment for new residents to explore whether they could be improved upon to improve the staff’s ability to recognize trauma in potential residents and develop revisions.
Fellowship Project: “Substance Abuse Amongst the Older Adult Demographic”
Field Site: Case Management Department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick
After noticing the number of older adults entering the hospital in need of support for substance misuse, Will focused his fellowship project on educating the staff regarding this social work issue and effective interventions that best serve this population. Initially, Will tested the social work staff at the hospital in order to assess their current level of knowledge about substance misuse in the older adult population. Then, Will developed a thorough training for the staff based on the pretest answers. Lastly, Will provided effective intervention techniques to the inpatient staff that were adopted from outpatient services.
Fellowship Project: “At the Twilight’s Last Gleaming: Promoting Veteran-Centric Care”
Field Site: Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice
As part of her fellowship project, Elizabeth created the framework for a “back to basics” extensive training module, including learning activities, designed to orient the social work staff to the concept of veteran-centric care. Elizabeth took a step further at the field site to evaluate the social workers' perceptions of working with armed service veterans as a cultural subgroup. Specifically, Elizabeth evaluated the workers for the presence of moral conflict and/or moral disengagement when working with this population and through the training she developed provided thoughtful learning opportunities to address these and to deliver veteran-centric care.
Fellowship Project: “Senior Center of the Chathams: Transportation Opportunities”
Field Site: Senior Center of the Chathams
As part of her fellowship project, Iyana surveyed the center’s current transportation service and needs of the seniors attending the program in order make it more accessible to different aged seniors and more collaborative, calling upon agencies connected to the center to partner. Iyana developed a comprehensive proposal for an improved transportation program backed by scholarly research that was presented to board members at the site. In her proposal, Iyana highlighted to board members the importance of transportation for older adults, the diversity within the older adult population, funding and grant opportunities, and suggestions for next steps to improve the center’s transportation program.
Fellowship Project: “Strategies to Support Making a Life in a Nursing Home”
Field Site: CareOne Edison
As part of her fellowship project, Amanda focused on ways to support and ease the transition to long-term care for individuals that required this type of support. Amanda conducted in-person interviews with long-term residents at the facility utilizing an evidence-based framework that asks about the past, current, and future experiences. Amanda was also able to capture advice from current residents that she could share with new residents to help support them during this time of change. Due to her hard work and dedication to the individuals at this facility, Amanda was offered and accepted a full-time position there. Congratulations to Amanda!