Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship



The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University is pleased to offer a two-year post-graduate fellowship for newly graduated Social Workers. The Danielsen Institute Clinic is a multidisciplinary outpatient community mental health clinic licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The mission of the Institute is to alleviate suffering and to promote healing, growth, and change in the persons, communities and institutions that we serve through research, training, and direct clinical service. Our clinical services, including individual, group, and couples psychotherapy, and psychological and neuropsychological testing, and these services attend to all dimensions of a client’s personhood including spirituality and religious faith should the client so desire.

The primary theoretical orientations of the training program are attachment, psychodynamic, and family systems theories, with an emphasis on relational approaches to treatment and training, but also drawing from multicultural perspectives, religious /spiritual/existential traditions and perspectives, developmental theories, and neuroscience. The fellowship training emphasizes critical, collaborative reflection upon clinical activities and attention to personal formation in addition to knowledge and skill development. Social Work Fellows will be asked to reflect upon their personal history and identity as relevant to working effectively with issues of identity and diversity.

The Fellowship, which is salaried, will involve clinical work in two sites. The majority of the clinical work, training, and supervision takes place at the Institute. The work there will involve seeing adult clients for individual psychotherapy. There are additional opportunities for training in group and couples psychotherapy; these opportunities are based both on the Fellow’s interests and the clinic’s need. The postgraduate fellow receives two hours of weekly individual supervision at the Institute.


Applications for the 2024 – 2026 Advanced Social Work Fellowship are closed.


Dates of the Fellowship: September 1, 2023 – August 21, 2025.

First year salary: $35,580

Second year salary: $36,292

Requirements for Prospective Candidates:

  • Solid grounding in attachment, psychodynamic, and family systems theories
  • Openness to exploring and working with clients’ religious / spiritual / existential issues
  • Interest and readiness in a formational approach to training that includes working with transference and countertransference considerations

Please complete application found HERE and be sure to include the following information:

  1. CV
  2. 3 letters of Reference of which at least one must be from a supervisor elaborating the candidates’ level of clinical skills and readiness for a post-graduate fellowship.
  3. Copy of mid-year and final field education evaluations from first year internship and the mid-year evaluation from the second/final year internship.
  4. Transcripts
  5. A brief essay describing your interest in the fellowship, primarily, your interest and readiness to explore spiritual, religious, theological, and existential issues in your clinical practice.
  6. A brief essay describing your primary theoretical orientation and your exposure to and background in attachment, psychodynamic, and family systems theories.
  7. A brief essay describing your experience and interest in working with issues of diversity and social injustice in professional practice.


Date of Application: February 24, 2023

Please send application materials to:

Interviews for Fellowship will be conducted in late March of 2023


If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact: