Project Funding − Call for Proposals

IASSW Grants for Projects in Social Work Education

International Schools of Social Work (IASSW) invites proposals for projects, designed to advance social work education internationally. Grants of up to US $5.000 are available for proposals submitted by IASSW members that can be expected to contribute to the implementation of the IASSW Mission Statement, and to the enhancement of cooperation among schools of social work world-wide.

In 2022 the IASSW Board of directors has taken a decision to increase the grant amount from US $4.000 to US $5.000.

This is a continuous aspect of IASSW activities but the final submission date for the next round of bids will be March 31st, 2023.

Download Cover Page for Project Application

Proposals (in Word-format) with filled Cover page for Project Application (in Word-format) should be sent by e-mail to: Dr. Alex Altshuler at  and Copy to

Guidelines for submissions and criteria for evaluation

In the selection of the proposals for funding, the following dimensions will be prioritized:

  1. quality of the plan
  2. consistency
  3. global and/or regional relevance of the topic
  4. clear outcomes
  5. transferability of the outcomes
  6. the variety and number of partners involved
  7. the structure of the budget (not only for individual travel)

In order to qualify for support, proposals will have to meet the following criteria:

  1. The project can be expected to make a direct and meaningful contribution to at least one of the following areas:
    • Curriculum development
    • Content of specific units, modules or courses
    • Field instruction
    • Teaching methods
    • Technology of instruction
    • Staff development
    • Administration of educational programs
    • Community involvement of staff and students
    • The policy of social work education.
  2. The project has to be truly international, involving social work educators from at least three schools in at least two countries with differing cultures or systems of social work education. The project should be expected to enhance international and cross-cultural collaboration, and may contribute to educational developments through the inclusion of schools of social work in countries where social work education is facing particular challenges.
  3. The proposal is creative and innovative.
  4. The proposal is clearly written, and presented in the following format:
    • Title of Proposal.
    • Names, affiliations and addresses of all participants. The coordinator, or contact person, should be identified.
    • Rationale and purpose of the project (5-10 lines).
    • An action plan, i.e. activities planned as part of the project (5-10 lines).
    • Expected contribution and outcomes of the project (5-10 lines).
    • Dissemination of the project outcomes.
    • Time table.
    • Budget, specifying all expense items, as well as any expected income from other sources. Please note that the IASSW grant can be used only for direct (out of pocket) expenditure, not for salaries of the applicants or for administrative overheads. The grant cannot be used only for individual travelling of few people.
    • Short (5−7 lines) biographical sketches of the participants.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The project coordinator and two-thirds of the partners have to be IASSW school members and one-third can be individual members. The membership codes shall be mentioned in the application (if not found, please send a request to Rashmi Pandey,
  2. At least two years IASSW membership prior to the grant application is required and the membership has to continue during the implementation of the project. The committee can waive the two-year rule on a case by case basis.
  3. Before submitting your proposal, please check advise membership status of each partner to your application.
  4. A new grant can be given to the coordinating school after three years from the completion of the previous project.
  5. Grants are not given only for travel expenses
  6. The selection of the projects is implemented in regional and thematic categories.

Review, notification of decisions and process in relation to successful applicants

Proposals will be reviewed by the International Projects Committee consisting of members appointed by the Board of Directors of IASSW. The recommendations of the committee will be presented to the Executive Committee for ratification. In the case of successful applications,there will be payment option as available for the payment of grants.

  • USD 2,500 when the proposal has been approved, and the chair of the Committee has been notified that the project is about to be implemented.
  • USD 2,500 after the submission of a final report.

Financial and membership information required of the coordinating school

Final Report

The final report should include a written academic report, financial report and one copy of materials created as part of the project (articles, power point presentations, videos, pictures, ethnographic material etc.). The report and the material can be published on the IASSW website or linked to the IASSW website. A link should be provided to materials available on the internet.

The written report should include the following parts:

  • Rationale and purpose of the project
  • Description of the process of implementation
  • A discussion of outcomes and/or feedback to the project.
  • Conclusions. (The concluding sections should address the transferability of the project, i.e. the possibility of implementing a similar project or parts of it in other settings).
  • The final written report is expected to be 2,500 − 4,000 words and should be preceded by an executive summary (not more than 200 words). An account of expenditures should be appended to the report as a separate attachment.
  • IASSW is expected to be mentioned in any publication based on the funded projects.
  • The preferred method of communication is by email and material should be presented in a digital form which can be added to the IASSW website.

Informing about the projects on the IASSW website

IASSW is developing the process for information delivery and visibility of the projects. That’s why we encourage you from the beginning to supply us with all kind of materials (like pictures, summaries, power points, videos, drawings, interviews, descriptions, quotations) of your project to be published on the website of IASSW. The publication committee will select and edit the material to be published. Please, send those materials to Dr. Alex Altshuler (The text material in Word-form.)

Dr. Alex Altshuler (PhD, MSW, MA)

Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Work, University of Haifa.

Chair of the IASSW International Projects Committee and Member-at-Large of the IASSW



Rights-based Social Work Practice in South-eastern Europe : Download here

Lived Experiences of Young People after They Leave Care Homes/ Centres to Live Independently in Vietnam: DOWNLOAD

Collaboration for International field practicum for Social Work education in support of elderly care in Nigeria: DOWNLOAD

The Development of a Global Partnership to Further Social Work Education, Practice and Research in International Military Social Work: DOWNLOAD 

Empowerment and capacity-building for community leaders, social workers, and social transformers in the time of urgent political conflicts with four universities in Kenya, South Africa, and the USA: DOWNLOAD



  1. The Development of a Global Partnership to Further Social Work Education, Practice and Research in  International Military Social Work,  :DOWNLOAD
  2. Developing Social Work Education and Practice in Malawi: DOWNLOAD
  3. Building a comparative perspective on media representation of social work: the first step. Click here: DOWNLOAD
  4. Enhancing Social Work Field Education Through International Collaboration:  A Pilot Project in Central China . Click here: DOWNLOAD
  5. Where Knowledge, Social Work and Social Policy Meet: A Cross-National Perspective on the Involvement of Social Work Academics in Social Policy: DOWNLOAD
  6. Southeast Europe Academic Women’s Leadership Initiative (SEE) Click here: DOWNLOAD
  7. Rights Practice in the Biosphere: Testing a model of social work practice across diverse international contexts Click here: DOWNLOAD
  8. Building Social Work Education Capacity in Ethiopia through an International Travel and Study, Click here: DOWNLOAD
  9. “What and How Do We Teach, and How Do We Learn? A Reciprocal Research Project for Social Work Faculty from Asia, the Middle East, and European Countries” , Click here: DOWNLOAD



See here: Final Reports of completed projects