All NBDF social work grant and fellowship applications are subjected to a rigorous peer review process. Applications are critiqued on scientific merit and relevance to NBDF research priorities. Applications are reviewed and scored in terms of significance, approach, innovation, investigator, and environment. A panel selected by the Research Working Group, a volunteer group of scientific and lay leaders, reviews applications received. The NBDF Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC) and the NBDF Board of Directors grant final funding approval.

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To be eligible for the fellowship the applicant must: be an MSW from an accredited school of social work or be a student in a DSW program or have a master's degree in a social work related field, be licensed by the state to practice as a master's level clinical social worker and work in a bleeding disorders program. Professional experience in a hemophilia treatment center is desirable but not required. The proposed project, however, must have relevance to current practice in bleeding disorders care and may incorporate casework, group work, organizational and public health, education and research perspectives.

It is expected that the project will: (1) promote the integration of psychosocial care with biomedical components of comprehensive care; (2) promote the delivery of quality services to patients and families; (3) contribute to the literature on the psychosocial aspects of bleeding disorders; (4) demonstrate social work outcomes of the research or clinical project.

Areas of research interest might include some of the following topics: impact of social work practice on coping with chronic illness and/or disability; impact of case management on patient care; improved clinical practice; research skills and goals for psychosocial providers; mental health issues of those affected with bleeding disorders or bleeding disorders/HIV; development and use of media projects and/or learning tools for professional or patient evaluation. A focus on cultural diversity is welcomed.


Announcements for Social Work Fellowship funding opportunities will be made March 1, 2024



NBDF awards one new research fellowship per year of $15,000.


A letter of intent should be submitted to NBDF. This should be a brief letter identifying the applying researcher and organization and the intended area of research.


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Multidisciplinary applications are welcomed. If a multidisciplinary project is sought, you are encouraged to indicate in the letter of intent and in the application how the project would proceed if only one Fellowship is awarded.


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Watch this video to learn the work of the Social Work Excellence Fellows who received the award and to understand the Peer Review Process for the Social Work Excellence Fellowship.