Kiphart Scholars Program in Global Health & Social Development


The objective of the Kiphart Scholars Program in Global Health & Social Development is to develop the next generation of well-qualified professionals to address the complex issues that impact health and social development globally. This interdisciplinary program integrates the Crown Family School’s globally focused instructional programs under a single banner to provide students with opportunities to learn about social work through a comparative and global lens. The Program is designed to equip students for careers in local, state, national, and international human service agencies and other organizations focused on policy, research, advocacy, and other global social development initiatives.

Coursework and co-curricular activities in the Kiphart Scholars Program are designed to prepare students for learning in cross-cultural settings in one of two distinct curricular tracks. All students in the Kiphart Scholars Program are required to participate in a monthly Kiphart Scholars Seminar, co-facilitated by a clinical and a social administration/policy field consultant, for the duration of their time at the Crown Family School. Kiphart Scholars are also required to participate in summer programming to pursue international experiential learning opportunities such as international internships and field placements. Key features of each track are highlighted below. For more information or to contact a program advisor please visit the Crown Family School’s Global Learning Opportunities page.

Kiphart Scholars Parallel Track

 Students in the Parallel Track complete advanced coursework in parallel with a nine-month field placement at a pre-approved organization in the Chicago area for each of their two years in the Program. Other features of this track include:

  • Preparation and delivery of a community presentation in the Spring of their graduating year, or an independent study or capstone project
  • Summer international internship or study abroad opportunities
  • Stipend (based on location and duration) to support for summer travel abroad and related expenses

Kiphart Scholars Immersive Track

Students in the Immersive Track complete their advanced coursework prior to engaging in an immersive six-month integrated field placement abroad to fulfill their second-year field education requirement. Other features of this track include:

  • Independent study completed while in field placement
  • Capstone project presentation and paper
  • Stipend (based on location and duration) to support for international field placement travel abroad and related expenses


Eligibility and Application Process 

The Crown Family School accepts up to 24 students into the Kiphart Scholars Program each year. All students accepted into the Program will be named Kiphart Scholars and receive financial support to subvent the costs of their work abroad. The Program is open to Crown Family School social work students in the early stages of their degree program (both full and part-time) as well as dual-degree students. Students with interests in global health and administration can also opt to be considered for a certificate in the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP). Crown Family School students with advanced standing, and those in professional schools outside of the Crown Family School, are not eligible for the Kiphart Scholars Program.

 Applications for the Kiphart Scholars Program are managed through Students can apply to one or both tracks. In addition to a completed application, students must also submit an essay and a case study video reflection. Immersive Track applicants must also submit a letter of reference and may be invited to an interview with the admissions committee. Applications are due in late November and admissions offers will be extended to applicants in late January. Visit for complete details.


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