Learn more about what is involved with hosting a Professional Fellow for Inclusive Disability Employment from Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda. Hosts will be selected through a competitive process administered by the program partners and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
AUCD, the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Humanity and Inclusion (HI) are seeking host sites for the Professional Fellowship Program for Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE). The program will enable 20 Professional Fellows from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to participate in a five-week intensive Fellowship program in the United States, where they will learn about U.S. disability rights and inclusive employment. The program core is the fellow’s four-week placement at a host site. On site, the Fellow will learn about an inclusive employment policy or practice that is of personal interest and that will inform their work on disability issues upon returning home.
Hosts will provide one or more fellows with mentorship and professional learning experiences related to inclusive employment. The fellows will collaborate with their hosts to develop an inclusive employment project that will economically empower individuals with disabilities in their home countries. PFP-IDE program staff will enhance these fellowship experiences by conducting weekly seminars, cohort and alumni networking opportunities, and orientation and closing workshop sessions in Washington D.C.
The host will support development of a training plan to help the Fellow meet his or her goals, and will provide learning opportunities that enable the Fellow to gain relevant experience. Hosts are expected to provide mentorship and supervision, networking and community service opportunities, a working environment, and a local homestay.
A mutually beneficial exchange program, hosts will forge new international ties with skilled, committed advocates who will learn best practices to apply in their home countries. All Hosts will be able to build lasting partnerships with the fellows they support and will have the opportunity to apply for a funded two-week visit to Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda to provide training, mentorship or technical assistance while their fellows implement their inclusive employment projects. This is called the outbound program.
“I had never stayed with a family outside of my family […] Staying at Megan’s house was a bit of a challenge at the start. It was my first time but I enjoyed it and learned from it. If we had a similar program in Uganda, I would like to be a host.”
– Hassan Waddimba, Spring 2018 Fellow
Two cohorts of Fellows will participate in the program during the following dates:
Spring 2019: April 27- May 27, 2019
Fall 2019: October 12- November 11, 2019
The program will facilitate long-term communication between and among host sites and fellows. This will ensure continued networking, sharing of promising practices, and future international collaborations.
Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. The program will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities (e.g. texts in Braille, large print, electronic format) upon request.
To apply to host a professional fellow, submit an application here.
“Participating in this outbound exchange brings a level of higher purpose to what you do, especially at a level of service. As a faculty member, I am called to demonstrate that triad of teaching, service, and scholarship, and this program actually supports all three of those missions.”
– Dr Megan Peters