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Putting Policy in its Place Fellowship

Social workers can help identify policy and structural issues that contribute to racial, educational, health, and income disparities experienced by their clients. TSSW’s Putting Policy in its Place (PPIP) Fellowship offers social work students the opportunity to look for ways that policy shapes their clients’ lives, understand how policy impacts practice, and more effectively utilize policy to inform their practice. 

With funding from the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), the entity that sets standards for social work education, the PPIP Fellowship will enable up to 10 students to connect their field work and policy work in real-time and in real-world situations. This program is in addition to the current coursework and field hour requirements for the MSW degree. 


The PPIP provides the following benefits to students selected for the Fellowship:

  • Additional anti-racism education
  • Enhanced policy-based education through speakers, training, and mentorship
  • Opportunities to implement policy-based social change projects at their practicum sites
  • Group meetings with other fellows for collaboration and support
  • Mentoring from faculty
  • Faculty sponsorship to present at national social work conferences
  • Partial funding to attend conferences


Students who wish to apply to and continue in the PPIP Fellowship must meet the following conditions:

  • Good academic standing before and during fellowship
  • Completion of application and selection to round two 
  • Completion of round two interview 
  • Once selected, complete weekly meetings working on fellowship projects related to course and field content


This opportunity is available to on-campus and online full-time Master of Social Work candidates who will be starting their field practicums in the Spring 2021 semester.

Students who apply should have a passion for policy and demonstrated understanding of the interconnectedness of it to direct practice. No previous experience in policy is necessary.

How to Apply

Acceptance into the PPIP Fellowship is highly competitive. Students must complete the application linked below. To facilitate your application, please review the Application Checklist for Students. To be considered, submit applications by 11:59 pm CST on Tuesday, October 20.

Click here to apply.

After careful consideration of these applications, the committee will choose a set of finalists for the second round of the application process, which includes interviews and assignment of a case study review. 

Have Questions?

For questions about the applications, you can email the chair of the PPIP selection committee Dr. Lauren Terzis at For questions about the program overall, please email Dr. Coleen Cicale at