To develop and mentor social work leaders in the areas of clinical practice, education, research, publication, and administration. The program is named in memory of Zelda Foster, a pioneer in the hospice and palliative care movement who taught in the post-master’s certificate program at NYU Silver School of Social Work.
A four-year program, the Zelda Foster MSW Fellowship in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PELC) begins in the final year of the MSW program and continues for three years at the post-MSW level. It includes specialized field placements, two years of post-graduate mentoring, and funding for professional development. Students at NYU Silver entering their final year of the MSW program are eligible to apply.
Post-Master's Certificate Program
This one-year program provides an integrated sequence of courses to combine theory and practice in PELC and to increase practice skills. Social workers with at least two years of post-master’s experience in or related to PELC are eligible to apply.
Post-Master's Leadership Fellowship
The goal of this fellowship is to improve palliative and end-of-life care for patients and families, especially under-served populations, through the development of a cadre of MSW PELC leaders. The fellowship includes one year of one-on-one mentoring from an experienced PELC leader. A capstone project is also required. Social workers with at least five years of post-master’s experience in or related to palliative and end-of-life care are eligible to apply.