Applications are invited for the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment in US. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Program supports 20 mid-career professionals (Fellows) from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, who are committed to advancing inclusive employment for individuals with disabilities.

Fellows will participate in an intensive five-week program at a university-based research and education center for disabilities in the U.S. They will learn innovative strategies to promote economic empowerment of individuals with disabilities through the growth of inclusive employment opportunities.

Host Country:
  • United States of America (USA)
Host Organisation:
  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Program Duration:
  • 5 Weeks

Also Read: Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program New York 

Eligibility Criteria:

In order to apply to this program as a Fellow (eligibility criteria), you must:

  • Be between the ages of 25 and 40
  • Be currently living and working in Kenya, Uganda or Tanzania
  • Be eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Speaking proficiency means that you are able to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics. Communication in spoken English as interpreted by a sign language interpreter (which will be provided by the Fellowship program) through use of American, Kenyan or Ugandan Sign Language qualifies you for speaking proficiency.
  • Reading proficiency means you are able to read standard newspaper items, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials in your special field.
  • Have at least two (2) or more years of relevant work experience with or for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government offices, universities, schools or community-based organizations;
  • Have professional interest and/or experience in inclusive employment and disabilities;
  • Be self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting;
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills;
  • Be able to participate in the Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment in the US either in the spring (April 25th – June 3rd, 2018) or in the fall (October 10th – November 18th, 2018)
  • Be committed to returning to your home country for a period of two (2) years after completion of the program and
  • Be committed to implementing an individual project that will benefit young people with disabilities and promote greater inclusive employment in your region, country, or community following completion of the program.

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.

How to Apply:

Once you have determined that you are eligible, you can complete and submit your application.

The application consists of four sections:

  1. Information About You
  2. Your Leadership and Statement of Purpose
  3. Recommendations
  4. Pledge of Authenticity

If you are not able to submit the online version of the application, you can download the application in PDF or WORD  here. Please complete this version of the application and email it — along with the two (2) required references — to 

Selection Process:

Applicant Screening. PFP- IDE staff will review all applications and select those individuals whose applications best meet the program objectives. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in an interview.

Candidate Interviews. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in a 45-minute individual interview with a program staff member and a Cultural Affairs Officer from the U.S. Embassy in their home country. The interview will:

  • Explore the candidate’s ideas for a proposed project that addresses a policy or practice-related issue concerning inclusive employment and disability in his or her home country;
  • Assess candidate’s English language proficiency through conversation about the project in question, prior experience and other matters.

The interview will take place either in person or remotely via an online communication platform such as Skype.

Candidate Selection and Next Steps: The interview panel and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will select Fellows after interviewing all potential candidates. Both successful and unsuccessful candidates will be notified of the final selection decisions.

Application Deadline:
  • 16th May, 2018









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