American Sociological Association

Disability and Society Fellowships

Disability and Society Fellowships

AUCD Disability Policy Fellowship
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
The overall purpose of the Leadership Fellowship in Disability is to offer a significant experience in national level activities related to policy and legislative development, advocacy, program development, technical assistance, and association administration. The Leadership Fellowship in Disability is envisioned as a mutually beneficial arrangement whereby the participating individual, the home center/program and the AUCD central office benefit. The individual will benefit from the experiences and contacts developed during the fellowship period. The program will benefit from having "one of its own" participating in national level activities and subsequently informing home UCEDD/LEND/MRDDRC staff of their activities and knowledge gained. The AUCD will benefit from having increased human resources to assist in carrying out its work as well as having someone with first-hand knowledge from the field as a voice in Washington, DC.

The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

Congressional Fellowship Program
American Political Science Association
The APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is offered to enhance public understanding of policy-making and improve the quality of scholarship, teaching, and reporting on American national politics. The fellowship program is accepting applications from political scientists, journalists, and communications scholars.

Ian Axford Fellowships in Public Policy
Commonwealth Fund

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The Fellowships help to establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and scientific professionals to support public policy that benefits the wellbeing of the nation and the planet.

Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental Disabilities and Related Disorders Program (LEND)
An interdisciplinary training program dedicated to improving the care of children and youth with neuro-developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs funded through a federal grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCH). Trainees are primarily at the graduate level, and are selected on the basis of their leadership potential and career goals. Participating institutions: University of Rochester; State University College at Geneseo; Ithaca College; SUNY University at Buffalo; Syracuse University; Nazareth College; Cornell University; The Advocacy Center.

An expansion of the LEND Program it to provide advanced training for Autism Spectrum Disorders was funded through the Combating Autism Act.

Information Dissemination Stipends
Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE)
The CIRRIE Information Dissemination Stipend was created to support US disability/rehabilitation researchers in gathering information in other countries for dissemination in the U.S. The information must be of substantial benefit to the US rehabilitation/disability community.

Mary E. Switzer Research Fellowship Program
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDDR/ED)
The purpose of the Research Fellowships Program is to build research capacity by providing support to enable highly qualified individuals, including those who are individuals with disabilities, to conduct research about the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. The fellowships are available on an annual competitive basis on two levels:

  1. Distinguished Fellowships are awarded to individuals with a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications who have seven or more years of research experience in subject areas, methods or techniques directly relevant to rehabilitation research.
  2. Merit Fellowships are awarded to individuals with advanced professional training or research experience in independent study in appropriate areas which are directly pertinent to disability and rehabilitation, but who are in earlier stages of their research career, with less than the required seven years' experience, or who do not have a doctorate.

NBER Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program on Disability Policy Research
Aging Program
To encourage research that will deepen our understanding of the health and economic implications of disability and disability policy, the NBER Disability Research Center (DRC), with funding from the Social Security Administration (SSA) as part of its Disability Research Consortium, seeks applications from doctoral students in economics for one- or two-year fellowships.

Disability Research and Dissemination Center
DRDC Fellowships
The DRDC-NCBDDD Collaborative Fellowship Awards (CFA) are designed to assist faculty, staff, and advanced students with an interest in conducting public health and disability research and program development, as identified by CDC's NCBDDD research objectives and program development needs. This increases the capacity for NCBDDD to complete the defined goals and objectives of each Division, allows fellows an opportunity to use skills and learn new approaches to public health programs and research, and increases the cadre of researchers with interest and expertise in areas of public health and disability research. Fellowship opportunities are dependent on the goals and needs of NCBDDD.

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
Lurie Doctoral Fellowship
The Lurie Doctoral Fellowship is a three-year, full-time PhD program. Lurie Doctoral Fellows may focus their educational training in one of the four concentrations available to doctoral students at the Heller School: Health and Behavioral Health; Children, Youth, and Families; Assets and Inequalities; or Global Health and Development. The goal of the fellowship is to equip Lurie Doctoral Fellows to conduct and disseminate disability research that informs policymakers, advocates and other constituents concerned about the disability service system.

Skadden Foundation Fellowships
The Skadden Fellowship Program was established in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. Fellowships are awarded for two years. Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. For those Fellows not covered by a law school low income protection plan, the firm will pay a Fellow's law school debt service for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship. The 2014 class of Fellows brings to 705 the number of academically outstanding law school graduates and judicial clerks the firm has funded to work full-time for legal and advocacy organizations.

Ford Foundation
IFP Model
The program developed a unique educational model: an integrated, decentralized approach to increasing access and equity in higher education that also contributes to social justice. The model combined outreach to previously excluded beneficiaries with an emphasis on enhancing fellows' knowledge, skills, and capacity to serve as transformational leaders in their home countries. To achieve greater equity and educational opportunity, each local partner considered gender, race and ethnicity, religion, region of origin, economic and educational background, parents' education and employment, physical disability, and other barriers to education. Although these factors affect access to higher education in all IFP countries, their relative weight differs in each context. IFP partner organizations worked closely with local scholars, activists, public intellectuals, and public sector representatives to develop locally meaningful definitions of "disadvantage."

Governor's Commission on Disabilities (GCD) Fellowships
Semester long part-time placements with the Commission in Cranston, RI, working on disability policy and research. The Fellow will assist one of the committees and, through individualized learning experiences, become familiar with procedures used to design and implement disability policy. Mentor experiences will introduce the Fellow to disability policy issues and actions at the local, state, and federal levels.

Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice
Families USA
The Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice was created in 2005 by Philippe Villers, Families USA's Founder and President. Villers Fellows will work in Families USA's health policy department and assist in the organization's efforts to improve access to health coverage for all Americans, especially for low-income and other vulnerable constituencies. In creating the fellowship, Mr. Villers aspires to develop a network of young leaders who share a passion for health care justice. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to health care justice work following their year as a fellow. Additionally, in order to further the development of future leaders, Villers fellows must commit to mentoring at least one person over the course of their careers.

Disability Rights Legal Center Fellowships
Disability Rights Legal Center is a private, nonprofit legal advocacy organization that champions the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy and litigation. DRLC's litigation staff bring impact litigation at the trial court level, work on U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state appellate cases. DRLC also engages in significant non-litigation work, including working with state-based and national advocacy organizations, providing technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws that address the rights of people with disabilities, hosting national conferences, and crafting publications on cutting edge disability rights issues.

Brown, Goldstein & Levy
Disability Rights Fellowship
Available to law school graduates with a disability and zero to three years of legal experience. Applicants should have strong academic credentials, excellent writing skills, and a demonstrated commitment to disability rights. It is a one-year fellowship.

American University, Washington College of Law
Disability and Human Rights Fellow
The program aims to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, and through legal channels, help overcome the effect of exclusionary practices, so that persons with disabilities achieve a state of full and effective participation and inclusion in society. The program intends to provide disability rights advocates and lawyers with the necessary expertise to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, impact litigation, and scholarship, thereby taking advantage of the innovations and opportunities offered by the UNCRPD. It also seeks to enhance the emerging discourse of disability rights as human rights.

UIC Graduate College
Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship
The program supports increased multidisciplinary scholarship opportunities and exposure to varied research and creative fields for graduate and professional students. Successful applicants must show exceptional promise for future multidisciplinary research and creative activity in their fields of interest.


UIC Department of Disability and Human Development
College of Applied Health Sciences
ELA Fellowships

Recipients of the Ethel Louise Armstrong (ELA) Endowed Ph.D. Fellowship will receive payment of tuition in the Disability Studies program at UIC and an annual stipend of $18,000. The funder stipulates that applicants must be women with physical disabilities (UIC also has funding options open to other under-represented students.). Applicants for the ELA Fellowship must also meet admission requirements for entrance into the Disability Studies program.

UIC Graduate College
Abraham Lincoln Fellowship
The goal of the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is to increase the excellence and diversity of the graduate student body by attracting applicants who have overcome obstacles to achieve academic success, like President Lincoln himself, who by his words and actions forged the framework for America's pursuit of freedom, equality and justice.

Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship
The Gopen Fellowship is a one-year, 20-hour-per-week work and learning opportunity for a person with a developmental disability. It was established in 2001 to honor disability advocate Barbara Wilensky Gopen. The Gopen Fellow works primarily at the Institute for Community Inclusion in Boston, and two times per month at the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council in Quincy.

The Allen C. Crocker Family Fellowship
Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network
To celebrate the work of Dr. Allen C. Crocker and his devotion to families of children with disabilities, the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network (DD Network) has created the Allen C. Crocker Family Fellowship. It will allow a family member of an individual with a developmental disability to work on a project of their choosing while developing leadership skills under the guidance of Massachusetts DD Network staff. Through this experience, the Crocker Fellow will gain valuable knowledge about disability policy, services, and supports.

The Lime Connect Fellowship Program
Undergraduate level fellowship

UNCF Special Progams
NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Project
The JPFP aims to increase the U.S. talent pool of underrepresented groups, including women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities who receive Master's and Doctoral degrees participating in the STEM workforce.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Ruth L. Kirschstein Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
This program encourages students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to seek research doctoral degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to help increase the number of well-trained scientists from underrepresented groups.