University Partnerships (UP) Program

The goals for schools of social work in the University Partnerships include the preparation of the current and future child welfare workforce strengthening child welfare practice through traineeship stipend programs, local agency engagement strategies, and developing a specialized child welfare curriculum. Building on a strong relationship between the social work program and child welfare agency, there are three components that address these goals:

  • Traineeships to improve child welfare knowledge and practice, including financial support for students, specialized curricula and field placements, and program supports attentive to the transition and retention of funded BSW and MSW trainees to agency employment;
  • Partnership activities designed collaboratively by the social work program and local child welfare or tribal agency to address workforce challenges and opportunities such as facilitating transition to work, implementing specialized practice, or promoting the retention of child welfare professionals; and,
  • Child welfare curriculum enhancement activities to develop and deliver child welfare curricula with specialized content on trauma and evidence-based practices in child welfare.

Benefits to students include:

  • Full in-state tuition payment
  • A stipend of $2500
  • Access to Child Welfare training and resources
  • Employment opportunities with DCYF

Interested students will need to

  • Provide 3 letters of recommendation
  • Provide a 3-4 page essay describing their experiences, motivation, and career plans related to Child Protection
  • Be available to be interviewed by the UP Program committee
  • Sign a contract with DHHS/DCYF and UNH, stipulating terms and conditions to ensure eligibility
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Spend one day shadowing in a selected DCYF office


Please NOTE: We are no longer admitting students to this program.  The final cohort for 2018-19 has been admitted.  We will continue to admit to the IVE program each year (pending funding).