The Willma and Albert Musher International Fellowship has been established at the Columbia University School of Social Work in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Council Secretariat to foster world economic and social objectives relevant to life betterment and world peace. The Fellowship is awarded periodically to Columbia University School of Social Work faculty, staff, or graduate students to facilitate research or study pertaining to international social work policy or practice. Recipients of the award are selected in consultation with representatives from the Columbia University School of Social Work, the United Nations Economic and Social Council Secretariat, and the Musher Family.
On behalf of the United Nations Economic and
Social Council Secretariat on
"His life-long dedication to promoting good will and the betterment of life for those in need was indeed touching. I am delighted that he has agreed to establish the International Musher Program Fellowship and I should like to assure you of the full collaboration of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Secretariat."
The Columbia University School of Social Work Alumni Newsletter (Fall 1997) published the following article regarding the Musher Fellowship.
New Endowment for CUSSW/United Nations Program
A gift of $100,000 from the Willma and Albert
Musher Philanthropic Fund has established and endowment held by the Jewish
Communal Fund to benefit the Columbia University School of Social Work. The
endowment will generate income for the support of an exciting and innovative
partnership between the United Nations Economic and Social Council Sectretariat
and the CUSSW - Willma and Albert Musher Program. A primary purpose of this
collaboration will be to achieve economic and social objectives that promote
world peace - a giant step forward in life betterment, the goal of the Musher
Program. The funds will be used for program support and an International Musher
Program Fellowship, awarded periodically to either faculty, staff, or graduate
students. In 1995, Mr. Musher, a great benefactor of the
BY KIM BROCKWAY
In an effort to "improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of social policy and development programmes in nations throughout the world," the two institutions aim to develop cooperative linkages in the areas of research, education, program design and professional development.
In conjunction with this
initiative, the Division for Social Policy and Development will be designated as
one of only two Educational Training Centers for the
In September, 1998, the Division
will serve as a field instruction site for
Joint research programs that involve the School's faculty and doctoral students will address critical worldwide problems concerning social policy and development. In addition, the two organizations will co-sponsor a biennial United Nations Day for up to 500 participants that will examine important social policy, development and international social welfare issues.
Ronald A. Feldman, dean of the
This initiative will receive
financial support from an endowment that was established in July by
Awardees are selected by a four person committee composed of the United Nations Secretary of the Economic and Social Council (currently Dr. Margaret Kelley) representing the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Director of the Musher Program (currently Professor Edward Mullen), a designee of the Dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a member of the Musher family.
Two International Musher Program Fellowships have been awarded. The first recipient is Samuel Cotton and the second is Billur Gungoren, both Ph.D. candidates at the Columbia University School of Social Work. For additional information regarding the Fellows select the links below.
For more information about the Musher Program, please contact:
The Willma and Albert Musher Program for Life Betterment
Through the Use of Science and Technology