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In June 2020, Volkshilfe awarded the first annual Erika Stubenvoll scholarship for graduates of the master’s degree programs in the Department Social Work. The only prerequisite: the thesis must deal with a social topic relevant to Volkshilfe. The grant enables the researchers to make their work accessible to a wider public.
The Erika Stubenvoll scholarship is intended exclusively for graduates of the master’s degree programs in the Department Social Work. It is endowed with 5,000 euros annually and can be divided between two scholarship holders for 2,500 euros each. With this funding, Volkshilfe Wien and the Department Social Work are continuing their long-term, successful cooperation. Tanja Wehsely, Managine Director of Volkshilfe Wien: "I am delighted that with this scholarship from Volkshilfe Wien we can support and increase awareness for teaching and research in the socially important field of social work."
Who are this year’s winners?
Barbara Stanek, graduate of the Master's Degree Program Spatial and Clinical Social Work at FH Campus Wien, explored the mental health of people affected by poverty in her master’s thesis. They are significantly more likely to suffer from depression than the average population. But what can we do about it? One possibility would be to contribute to increasing mental health literacy with training courses and workshops. Johannes Gorbach, also a graduate of the Master’s Degree Program Spatial and Clinical Social Work at FH Campus Wien, researched transformation processes in urban living. It would be important that densification processes in urban areas, which lead to a more crowded social coexistence, are accompanied socially and organizationally, because urban changes should also take social dimensions into account. Especially in a city like Vienna, which continues to grow and where living space is limited.
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