Social Work

Entrance Fellowships


Esther Kerry Awards

Established by the Alumni Committee of the School of Social Work to honour Esther Kerry, a valuable member of the Committee for many years.

Eligibility Awarded to students who wish to pursue graduate studies in Social Work.
Value Varies

Jane Harris-Van Gelder Award

Eligibility For students or faculty of the McGill School of Social Work to undertake activities (research, service, demonstration project, seminar) in the area of social work and health including mental health. Preference will be given to submissions concerned with the development and advancement of the volunteer and volunteerism in health and mental health care. Applications must describe the proposed activity in detail, the use to be made of the award monies, and the pertinence of the activity to volunteers and volunteerism in social work and health care. The award winner(s) will be required to submit a report to the Director upon completion of the project and a short précis that may be included in School newsletters and communications.
Value Varies
Deadline September 1
Application Apply to the director of the School of Social Work.

Jean Crombie Fellowship

Established in 2010 through the generous bequest of Jean Crombie for outstanding graduate students enrolled in the School of Social Work.

Eligibility Awarded by the School of Social Work, with preference given to students with extensive community and/or life experiences who are conducting research in the area of gerontology.
Value Varies

Last update: 20 Aug. 2013


Keefer Fellowship

Established by Mr. George Keefer.

Eligibility Tenable by a student in Social Work who wishes to pursue graduate studies in social work practice related to the elderly.
Value Varies

Manny Weiner Research Award

Established by Mr. Manny Weiner.

Eligibility Awarded by the School of Social Work to a graduate student who is concentrating their studies in the field of social policy.
Value Varies

Margaret Griffiths Award in Child Welfare

Established in 1994 through a bequest from Professor Margaret Griffiths, a long-time member of the faculty of the McGill School of Social Work.

Eligibility Awarded annually by the School of Social Work on the basis of academic and professional merit to an incoming fulltime student in the Master of Social Work program, with a declared interest in services to children.
Value Varies

Margaret Mary Burns Award

Established in 1997 by a bequest from Margaret Mary Burns who received a Diploma from the Montreal School of Social Work in 1944.

Eligibility Awarded on the basis of academic standing to graduate students by the School of Social Work.
Value Varies

Mark and Mildred Goldenberg Fellowship in Social Work

Established through a bequest in 2007 in memory of Mildred Heller Goldenberg, B.A. 1941, M.A. 1942, and Mark E. Goldenberg, B.A. 1934, M.S.W. 1967.

Eligibility Awarded by the School of Social Work on the basis of academic merit to a student entering a Doctoral program in social work.
Value Varies

Miriam and E. Michael Berger Fellowship

Eligibility Awarded annually by the School of Social Work to a graduate student of the School whose area of practice or research is in the field of community organization and/or social policy and who demonstrates academic competence and financial need.
Value Varies

Myer Katz Fellowship in Social Work

Established in 1986 by contributions from former students, colleagues and friends, the School of Social Work Alumni Committee, and the McGill Advancement Program, on the occasion of the retirement of Professor Myer Katz from the Directorship of the School of Social Work.

Eligibility Awarded annually to a student pursuing graduate studies related to clinical social work practice.
Value Varies

In-Course Awards


Anne D. Fish Fellowship in Social Work

Established through a bequest in 2008 in memory of Anne D. Fish, M.S.W. 1959. 

Eligibility Awarded annually by the School of Social Work  to a Master’s or Doctoral student whose research is related to early childhood and family studies, with preference given to studies in adoption and/or foster care services.
Value Varies

Last update: 30 Aug. 2013


Barbara Cowan Prize in Social Work

Established in 2014 by Barbara Cowan, BA 1947, BSW 1948, MSW 1951, for three outstanding undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in Social Work in the Faculty of Arts.

Eligibility Awarded by the School of Social Work on the basis of academic merit.
Value minimum$1,500

Last update: 04 June 2015


Hazeldine Smith Bishop Fellowship

Established in 1998 by a bequest from Hazeldine Smith Bishop who received a diploma from the Montreal School of Social Work in 1944.

Eligibility Awarded by the School of Social Work, on the basis of academic standing, to graduate students pursuing studies in community development and administration.
Value Varies

Henry Oelberg Memorial Award

Created in memory of lifelong Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal colleague and friend, Henry Oelberg.

Eligibility Awarded to a graduate student in the School of Social Work based on academic merit. Preference will be given to a student with a focus on community organization.
Value Varies

Project Awards


Freda L. Paltiel Award for Immigrant and Minority Women's Health and Development

Eligibility For students or faculty of the McGill School of Social Work to undertake a research service or demonstration project concerned with the health needs of immigrant and visible minority women and their families. Preference will be given to projects undertaken with the involvement of the intended beneficiaries.
Value Varies

Joan Macfarlane Bailin Research Award

The Award was established by Joan Macfarlane Bailin, a graduate of the McGill School of Social Work, to recognize and promote academic achievement by students in the School of Social Work. The Award will permit student to undertake activities (action research, projects, service demonstration projects, and seminars) relating to aging and/or the aged.

Eligibility Applicants must have completed one full year of study in the McGill School of Social Work. Preference will be given to submissions concerned with self-help, volunteerism and non-traditional and/or innovative work settings.
Value $1,000
Deadline December 31
Application Apply to the Director of the School of Social Work. Applications must include the proposed activity in detail, a budget for the use of the funds, and the relevance of the activity to self-help, volunteerism and non-traditional and/or innovative work settings. The money cannot be used for salaries.  The award winner will be required to submit a report to the Director of the School of Social Work upon completion of the project, as well as a short précis that may be included in School newsletters and/or other communications.

Tryna Rotholz Annual Creative Award for Social Group Work Practice

Established in memory of Professor Tryna Rotholz.

Eligibility Awarded annually by the School of Social Work to upper level social work students to assist them in developing an innovative group work project. The award winner(s) will submit a report to the Director outlining the project undertaken and its results.
Value Varies

Graduation Prizes


Director's Prize For Outstanding Doctoral Research in Social Work

Eligibility Presented by the McGill School of Social Work to the graduating Ph.D. student with the most outstanding research record.
Value $1,000

Lotte Marcus Sheldon Prize

Established in 2000 by a bequest from Lotte Marcus Sheldon, a former faculty member of the School of Social Work.

Eligibility Awarded annually by the School to a graduate student in Social Work who has generated a particularly innovative research or service project.
Value Minimum $500

School of Social Work Alumni Prizes

Eligibility The Alumni Committee of the School makes three awards each year to graduating M.S.W. students: 1) Alumni Prize for the Outstanding M.S.W. Thesis 2) Alumni Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice 3) Alumni Prize for the Outstanding M.S.W. Independent Study Project
Value $400 each

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