While UCLA MSW students are not required to conduct an original research project, The School of Public Affairs now encourages it through a program called Capstone. Graduate students from Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning now have the opportunity to apply for a $3,000 grant to pursue a dissertation on a topic related to social justice. If chosen, 5-8 students awarded the grant will not be required to take the second year research class. This opportunity is particularly beneficial to students who want to pursue a doctorate.
A detailed description of the fellowship can be found on UCLA's website.