Rural and Tribal Behavioral Health Fellowship (RTBH)

 Rural and Tribal Behavioral Health MSW Fellowship (RTBH) 

Altruistic Behavior Institute 

Department of Social Work, Cal Poly Humboldt

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED HERE NOW until 5:00pm, April 7, 2023

  • Decisions will be made by May 31, 2023
  • Fellowship funding begins August 1, 2023
  • Four (4) to six (6) are anticipated


The Rural and Tribal Behavioral Health MSW Fellowship (RTBH) is committed to transforming behavioral health ecosystems to address structural inequalities, respond to intersections between culture, trauma, and colonization, and lift up expansive representations of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in services, supervision, and the workforce. In doing so, the program enacts the Altruistic Behavior Institute’s purpose to seek out ways to enhance altruism and prosocial behavior in society.


California’s behavioral health workforce will be strengthened by awarding fellowships to Social Work graduate students with a strong interest in working for behavioral health organizations in underserved rural and Tribal communities. MSW program applicants from underserved and culturally diverse populations, including individuals with lived experience as consumers of behavioral health services and/or family members of consumers, are particularly encouraged to apply for a Rural and Tribal Behavioral Health MSW Fellowship.


RTBH Fellowships will also increase the licensed behavioral health professional workforce by:

  • Supporting supervision of MSW student internships in behavioral health settings
  • Financing licensure supervision for Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASWs) in partnering behavioral health organizations
  • Expanding the number of LCSWs eligible to provide supervision for licensure


→$30,000-$35,000 per year in combined tuition/fees, fellowship salary, and summer stipends for selected campus two-year MSW students in Classes of ’25, ’26, and ’27

→ Specialized training

 Individualized academic, professional, and career mentoring

→ Placement in a community-based behavioral health setting

→ A subset of awards will be designated for Rural and Tribal School-Based Behavioral Health Fellowships which additionally provide for placement in a school-based setting and preparation to complete Humboldt’s post-graduate Pupil Personnel Services-School Social Work Credential program


→ Financial support for rural and Tribal behavioral health organizations to build capacity for Foundation and Advanced Year MSW internships

→ Licensure supervision for ASWs – applications for licensure supervision support will be available Summer of 2023

→ LCSW Supervisor development

For more information contact:

Ronnie Swartz, Ph.D., LCSW

Behavioral Health Workforce Development Coordinator

Director, Altruistic Behavior Institute  707.826.4562

This program is funded through a grant from the California Department of Health Care Access and Information.