Am I eligible for the ADA International Fellowship Program?

To see if you are eligible to be a Professional Fellow in the program, please see Am I Eligible? 

How will applying to the ADA International Fellowship Program benefit me?

Participants in the program will deepen their expertise in inclusive education and disability policy by working alongside experts at host sites in the United States. They will also learn best practices for inclusive education that have been developed in the U.S. and will also form partnerships with disability professionals at their host sites who will help them coordinate a follow-on project that they will implement when they return home.

What are the dates of the ADA International Fellowship Program?

The ADA International Fellowship Program will take place in two cycles. The first cohort of Professional Fellows will travel to the U.S. and participate in the program from April 26-June 3, 2017. The second cohort of Fellows will be in the U.S. from October 11-November 18, 2017.

What visa is required to participate in the ADA International Fellowship Program?

Professional Fellows will need a U.S. J-1 visa in order to come to the U.S. to take part in the program. Learn more about the U.S. J-1 visa at

How are travel costs covered?    

The ADA International Fellowship Program covers program-related flight costs to, from and within the United States. Meals and lodging are covered, as well as a per diem that Professional Fellows can use for limited minor expenses.

Where will Professional Fellows stay during their time in the United States?

Fellows will be matched with homestays for the duration of their program experience at host sites in the U.S. The program will provide hotel accommodations for Fellows during the Professional Fellows Congress at the end of their visit.

What if an emergency happens during the Fellowship?

Selected Fellows will be required to provide the name and information for an emergency contact who will be available throughout your entire enrollment in the program. Program staff and embassy staff must be able to communicate with your contact before and during your participation in the program.

Do I need to purchase my own health insurance when participating in the program?

Fellows do not need to purchase a new health insurance plan while they are in the United States since they will be enrolled in the Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE), a limited health care benefit plan that will help pay medical expenses that are covered under patients’ existing insurance plans. ASPE is not a substitute for personal health insurance or other private health benefits coverage. It does not cover long-term care and has limitations in coverage. Fellows must provide co-pay for health services offered.

Can I get my prescriptions filled while traveling in the U.S.? There are restrictions on prescriptions between some countries. Prescriptions allowed in one country may not be allowed in others. It is recommended to take all necessary medications with you while you travel.

I have a disability. Can I still apply for the ADA International Fellowship Program?

Yes. We encourage individuals with disabilities to apply to the program and do not discriminate on the basis of disability. The program will meet all accommodations needs of Professional Fellows. The application includes a section for individuals to provide information about any disabilities they may have. If you have a disability, please let us know your needs as thoroughly as you can.