FIU and M-DCPS Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Fellowship (Project DIG)

In partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), Project DIG (Demonstration Innovative Grant) aims to recruit, prepare and train future school social workers from the Master of Social Work (MSW) program and school psychologists in the Ed.S. in School Psychology program to provide support for underserved communities, multilingual learners and those from low-income backgrounds, who may have limited access to such services.

This partnership provides tuition coverage and stipends to highly qualified graduate students in Social Work that demonstrate genuine interest and commitment to working in high-needs schools in M-DCPS.

MSW I (Generalist) or MSW II (Advanced Clinical) students are eligible for the fellowship in the fall. Only MSW I students are eligible for the fellowship in the spring. Those students who apply for MSW I Project DIG Fellowships must be committed to completing their MSW II/III internships as part of Project DIG as well. Students can apply for the fellowship if they are eligible for the applicable internship by the field application due date. It is expected that fellows join at least one professional association, such as the Miami-Dade County Association of School Social Workers, participate in the monthly training/meeting and weekly supervision with their field instructor, and attend additional trainings.


  • For spring candidates, please apply by August 1st via AcademicWorks
  • Verify eligibility for MSW I or MSW II practicum with your academic advisor.
  • Please note: Only MSW I students are eligible for the fellowship in the spring.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please reach out to Co-Project Director, Prof. Jennifer Abeloff at

MSW I: $8,600 - Tuition Waiver of up to 32 credits a year for all levels
Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Supplemental Questions
  1. Will you be an MSW student as of the semester to which you are applying for the field internship?
  2. Which semester and year do you plan to start the internship?
  3. Which level of practicum will you be in?
  4. What languages do you speak?
  5. Please describe what interests you about this fellowship and makes you the best candidate for it. Include your level of interest in school social work and why you are committed to this area of social work. Maximum of 500 words (minimum 250 words).