Advocacy Scholars

It is with great pleasure that we announce Advocacy Scholars applications are now being accepted for the 2024-2025 academic year.. Please see the application here. Applications are due on April 23, 2024.

Do you want to...

  • Work in communities to help solve social problems?
  • Advocate for rights, fair laws, and more just social policies?
  • Contribute to efforts to help our most vulnerable citizens?
  • Learn how to be an effective advocate for social change?

...then the MSU School of Social Work MSW ADVOCACY SCHOLARS Program is for you!


  • Receive a stipend award, which may renewable for a second year of study
  • Complete an Advanced Practice Year field placement or Community Engaged Project focused on policy practice and advocacy skills development
  • Participate in a seminar series led by policy advocacy leaders from diverse backgrounds
  • Develop a poster-presentation style display to be featured at the Advocacy Day Event in March
  • Have the opportunity to participate in a two-day bootcamp on how to run for political office

ADVOCACY SCHOLARS may also have the opportunity to:
Take advanced coursework in social activism and policy advocacy skills

  • Interact with social program and governmental officials
  • Learn about the legislative decision-making process from a professional lobbyist
  • Receive individualized mentoring on education and career development from faculty members with related experience