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Learn more about the Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment, and learn about application processes for Fellows and Hosts. The timeline of program activities is included as well.

The Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment supports 20 mid-career professionals (Fellows) from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, selected through a competitive process, to participate in a five-week intensive fellowship program at a university-based research and education center for disabilities in the United States. This fellowship is intended for current and potential leaders or advocates in the government, civil society, or the private sector who are committed to serving persons with disabilities.

The program specifically targets individuals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are employers, program administrators, policymakers, or other stakeholders in employment for people with disabilities in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations, including materials in alternative formats (e.g. Braille, electronic, large print), are provided upon request.

For more information about the eligibility criteria, please visit Am I Eligible?

How will participants and their institutions benefit?

Fellows in this program will learn approaches that can inform their efforts to strengthen education access for people with disabilities in their home countries. They will also form connections with mentors at the university centers that serve as their host sites, and will plan an inclusive employment project that they will implement in their home countries with support from their host mentors.

When and where will the training take place, and what are the key program activities?  

Fellows will participate in one of two cohorts scheduled for mid-April through May and October through mid-November 2018 (see Program Schedule below).

The core of the program is a Leadership Institute, likely with a university-based research and employment center for disabilities in the U.S. that will address a key policy or practice issue related to disability and employment in the Fellow’s country or local community. The Leadership Institute will be complemented with weekly leadership seminars, mentorship, and community service.

Key program activities include:

  1. An orientation to the program and life in the U.S. Fellows will learn about the U.S. disability movement and disability rights, with a focus on inclusive employment.
  1. A Professional Fellows Congress which will provide an opportunity to meet with hundreds of other Professional Fellows from many countries who are participating in other exchange programs. During the Congress, Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and professional trainings designed to support the further development of projects at home.
  1. Individual Fellowship Training at a host site in the U.S., usually a university-based research and education center at which Fellows will work alongside experts and study policies and practices in inclusive employment. Fellows will be placed with a host whose expertise best matches their individual professional goals.
  1. Weekly group seminars in which Fellows will discuss their host site placement, share personal experiences, and learn about leadership and inclusive education with mentors and peers. These seminars will be coordinated by the Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment program staff (AUCD, ICI & HI).
  1. An individualized inclusive employment project that is developed with support from host mentors and implemented upon the Fellow’s return home. Project implementation may include an onsite work trip by a host site mentor who will provide technical support.
  1. Ongoing access to alumni from other Professional Fellows Programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, which will provide opportunities to share information and experiences, and seek peer support and mentoring.

Fellows will work with their host on devising an inclusive employment project to be implemented in the Fellow’s home country upon their return at the end of the program. The project plan may include a proposed work visit by a host staff member to the Fellow’s country. Approximately 6 hosts will receive funding to travel to a Fellow’s home country to assist directly with project implementation.

Program Schedule

Spring 2018 Program Fall 2018 Program
Overall training duration April 25 – December 4 (April 27 – June 1 in U.S.) October 10 – April 20, 2019 (October 12 – November 16 in U.S.)
Travel to Washington, D.C., U.S. April 25-26 October 10-11
Orientation in Washington D.C. April 27 October 12
Travel to host site April 28 October 13
Leadership Institute April 30 – May 25 October 15 – November 9
Travel to Washington, D.C. May 28 November 12
Award Ceremony May 29 November 13
Professional Fellows Congress May 30 – June 1 November 14 – 16
Travel home June 2-3 November 17-18
Implementation of follow-along projects June 4 – December 4, 2018 November 19, 2017 – April 19, 2018
Visit of host site mentors to selected fellows’ home countries June 2018 December 2018

What does the Fellowship cover?

Fellows receive funding for their Fellowship-related travel to and within the U.S., accommodations in the U.S., and more including:

  • Visa
  • Round trip travel between home country and U.S.
  • Accident and health insurance for the duration of the Fellowship in the U.S.
  • Living allowance (or equivalent supports) to cover costs of meals, housing and incidental expenses (these funds, or some portion of them, can go directly to hosts if needed)
  • Disability related accommodations, if needed

For more information about the program or if you have questions, please contact idepfellowship@aucd.org