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 (some flexibility - especially during the year of Covid-19).

Application Link: Request Application Form

Program Benefits

  • Professional Training Opportunity: Fellows will gain invaluable professional experience working with children, schools, teachers, administrators and colleagues and make a meaningful contribution to children's lives and futures.
  • 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.

Admitted full-time MSW students and current MSW students (advanced standing or 2nd year) in good academic standing.
Application Requirements:
  • Updated resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 professional and 1 academic is preferred) sent to:;
  • Statement of Interest (on the application form):
    • 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
Ideal Time Line:
Application Deadline: June 15th
Interview and Review: June 15th - July 15th
Notification: Before August 15th

NB: especially in this year of Covid-19, we can provide additional flexibility on dates.  Message for more information.

Contact Information:

Program Administrator: Dr. James Huguley, Interim Director, CRSP
Program Coordinator: Penelope Miller 
Phone: (412) 624-7379