Center on Race and Social Problems

CRSP-HCV MSW Fellowship

The CRSP-HCV Fellowship program (CRSP Fellows) is a school embedded experience that provides hands-on training to master's in social work students with commitments to work in under-resourced communities of color.  Up to four first year and four second year students may be accepted to work in 3 local urban schools in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh: Lincoln Elementary School, Helen S. Faison Arts Academy, and Westinghouse Academy 6-12.  CRSP Fellows help children learn coping skills and strategies that support learning and foster community. Fellows also learn about the realities of the K-12 education system that is serving children who face structural racism, community violence, mass incarceration and economic disadvantage.  A small stipend is provided monthly throughout the academic year.  Students may apply to complete their MSW Field Practicum with the Homewood Children's Village via the CRSP or SSW websites.

Application Deadline: June 15th

Application Link: Coming Soon

Program Benefits

  • Training Stipend: Stipends average between $2,000 and $4,000 per year
  • Field Placement Options: Lincoln PreK - 5 Elementary School; Pittsburgh Faison K-5 Elementary School; Westinghouse Academy 6-12.

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Develop relationships with children to help them cope with stress and emotions;
  • Help children with schoolwork and social expectations;
  • Understand the realities and limitations of urban public schooling;
  • Work with school officials and teachers to provide stability and encouragement;
  • Work with school officials and teachers to help children succeed;
  • Employ creative solutions and strategies that will improve the lives of children in schools;
  • Professional organization leadership skills;
  • Professional presentation skils.

Participation Commitments:

Depending upon MSW program year, students commit to a 10 or 20 hour per week schedule during fall and spring semesters for a total of 360 or 720 field hours.


Full-time MSW students in good academic standing.

Application Requirements:

  • Updated resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 professional and 1 academic is preferred)
  • Statement of Interest:
    • Discuss why you are interested in the CRSP Fellowship
    • Discuss relevant experience, including experiences working with children and families of color and/or in under-resourced contexts

Selection Process:

  • Up to 8 students may be selected;
  • Applicants apply via CRSP or SSW websites
  • Homewood Children's Village contacts applicants to schedule interviews
  • HCV and CRSP finalize hiring decisions and notify applicants of offers

Time Line:

Application Deadline: June 15th

Interview and Review: June 15th - July 15th

Notification: Before August 15th

Contact Information:

Program Administrator: Dr. James Huguley, Interim Director, CRSP

Program Coordinator: Penelope Miller

Phone: (412) 624-7379





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Faison Fellows with School Coordinator, Fall 2018
Faison Fellows with School Coordinator, Fall 2018