The application deadline for Fellows has now passed.

Apply to become a Professional Fellow to participate in a five-week intensive fellowship program at a university-based research and education center for disabilities in the U.S. Learn about best practices in inclusive education in the U.S. and then apply your learning to create an inclusive education project or initiative to implement upon return home. The goal is to improve educational access and opportunities for persons with disabilities.

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.

You are eligible to apply to be a Fellow if:

  1. You are between 25 and 45 years old by January 6, 2017;
  2. You are currently living and working in Brazil, Peru, Kenya or Tanzania;
  3. You are not a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States;
  4. You are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
  5. You are proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application;
    • Speaking proficiency means that you are able to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics.
    • Reading proficiency means you are able to read standard newspaper items, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials in your field of specialty.
  6. You have at least two (2) or more years of professional work experience at the time of application;
  7. You are able to demonstrate experience and expertise related to providing inclusive quality education to students with disabilities;
  8. You are self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting;
  9. You are able to participate in the ADA International Fellowship Program in the United States in the spring (April 26-June 2) or in the fall (October 11-November 17).
  10. You are committed to returning to your home country for a period of two (2) years after completion of the program.
  11. You are committed to implementing an individual project that will benefit young people with disabilities and promote greater inclusive education in your region, country, or community following completion of the program.


The application consists of four sections:

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



You do not need to complete your online application all at once. There is a section that says “save and continue later” on the top of a page. If you click it (save and continue later), you will be able to save your answers as many as you need and to complete your application form later when you get a chance.

Download paper application:

ADA International Fellowship Program – Fellows Application [pdf]

ADA International Fellowship Program – Fellows Application [doc]