Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training Fellowship (BHWET)

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This exciting initiative is aimed at increasing the capacity of social work and other professions to provide team-based and integrated addictions and behavioral health services to underserved populations in Western New York primary care settings. 

The UB School of Social Work is partnering with the UB School of Nursing and UB Rehabilitation Counseling program to provide students with opportunities to deliver integrated behavioral care in their field placements. 

The project is supported by funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number M01HP31333 of the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Program.  

UB School of Social Work Field Education faculty and staff can advise on eligible placements. These might include placements at: ECMC, Jericho Road, BestSelf, Evergreen, Northpointe, Endeavor, Spectrum, Sheridan Medical Group, and select areas of Horizon, Primary Care IPA, and Wheatfield Pediatrics.


As a fellow, you will:

  • Receive an annual $10,000 stipend. A pool of placements have been preselected based on Fellowship criteria and agency participation in BHWET. 
  • Receive enriched educational, training and career development opportunities focused on inter-professional practice.


  • Maintain a full-time course load and good academic standing and fulfill predetermined requirements for your program.
  • Complete the enhanced training program on behavioral health with a focus on opioid and substance use disorder.
  • Commit to seeking employment related to behavioral health in high need and high demand areas, including rural, vulnerable, or underserved communities following graduation.
  • Commit to providing contact and employment information following graduation.
  • Complete a competitive BHWET scholars’ program application process.


To be eligible for the fellowship, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time traditional or full-time advanced standing MSW student in the UB School of Social Work.
  • Be entering your advanced year field placement.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or foreign national with a visa permitting permanent residence.
  • Complete a competitive BHWET application.

Application Information

Applications for BHWET can be submitted beginning February 1 and close April 1. Applicants must be a current MSW student or have an acceptance letter to the Full-time Advanced Standing MSW Program.

  1. Complete your application to the UB School of Social Work full-time MSW Program by the posted deadline.
  2. Complete the BHWET fellowship application, including personal statement and resume by April 1.
  3. The selection committee will review applications and select candidates for interviews.
  4. Following interviews, the selection committee will identify fellowship candidates and assign placements.  
Contact Dr. Laura Lewis for more information.