Am I Eligible

The Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE) 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 U.S.  Fellows will be placed with a university- based research and education center for disabilities that will provide them with mentorship and learning experiences during their stay in the U.S. Hosts will help Fellows apply what they learn during their fellowship, and plan related projects upon their return to their home countries.

Learn about Fellow or Host eligibility and the application process.

Fellow Eligibility

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

  1. Be between the ages of 25 and 40;
  2. Be a citizen, national or permanent resident, and be living and working in Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda;
  3. Be eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
  4. 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.
  1. 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;
  2. Have professional interest and/or experience in inclusive employment and disabilities;
  3. Be self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting;
  4. Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills;
  5. Be able to participate in the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment in the US from April 15, 2020- May 22, 2020;
  6. Be committed to returning to your home country for a period of two (2) years after completion of the program; and
  7. 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.

To apply to participate in the fellowship, visit the fellowship application page here. 

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible for this program:

  1. U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents of the U.S.;
  2. Spouses of U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents of the U.S.;
  3. Individuals participating in academic, training or research programs in the US at the time of application;
  4. Individuals residing or working outside their home countries at the time of application;
  5. Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government (e.g., U.S. Department of State, Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies or other U.S. Government agencies) who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application;
  6. Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years;
  1. Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment; and
  2. Immediate families (i.e., spouses and dependent children) of U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development employees for a period of one year following the termination of such employment. This provision does not disqualify self-supporting members of families who live apart from their parents;

Hosts Eligibility

In order to apply to this program as a host, you must be/ be able to:

  1. An organization that promotes inclusive disability employment through projects or programs (such as policy development, vocational rehabilitation training, program administration, etc.) Note that the organization can be part of the AUCD network but does not have to be a network member;
  2. Design and implement a four- week fellowship training (April 27- May 27, 2019, or October 12- November 11, 2019) that is tailored to the Fellow’s training interest and project focus and that exposes the Fellow to your/ the Hosts’ inclusive disability employment projects and programs in a variety of ways;
  3. Assign a supervisor/ mentor to the Fellow who oversees the implementation of the fellowship training and assists the Fellow in developing a project to be implemented upon return to their home country;
  4. Arrange (in addition to the fellowship training) ONE local volunteer or community service opportunity for the Fellow, as well as social and cultural events for a Fellow to participate in;
  5. Arrange for a local homestay and local transportation for the Fellow; and
  6. Be interested in applying for the outbound portion of this program, whereby the host mentor travels to the Fellow’s home country to provide additional project implementation support (training, mentoring or technical assistance) over a two- week period (expenses paid).

To access the Host Application click here.