What benefits do hosts obtain from hosting a Professional Fellow?
Hosts will develop new international ties with skilled, committed advocates from around the world, and will influence their contributions towards advancing inclusive education globally. Fellows will be available to work a full-time schedule on a relevant host site project as part of their Leadership Institute, a four-week placement at a host site where Fellows will receive training and mentorship in inclusive education from program hosts. Additionally, approximately six host representatives will be funded to provide technical assistance to the Fellows they hosted in the Fellows’ home country for a period of two weeks. A greater number of host representatives may receive funding if host-related program expenses are limited.
When will the Professional Fellows come to stay with Hosts in the United States?
20 Professional Fellows from Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil and Peru will stay with the hosts for the length of the Leadership Institute, which will last for four weeks. Fellows will travel to the U.S. in two cohorts (Spring and Fall 2017), and will be based at their host sites during the following dates:
- Spring 2017: April 29, 2017 – May 25, 2017
- Fall 2017: October 14, 2017 – November 12, 2017
Is it possible to apply to host Fellows during both Spring 2017 and Fall 2017?
Yes, prospective hosts can apply to host Fellows during either or both periods.
What are the host responsibilities?
Hosts are responsible for coordinating the following:
- Supervision, training, and work experiences that support development of Fellows’ knowledge of inclusive education;
- Local accommodations for Fellows (a homestay is preferred but not required);
- Access to relevant community service activities for Fellows;
- Access to local transportation; and
- Access to events that give Fellows exposure to U.S. culture.
What resources should potential hosts have?
Hosts should have expertise in inclusive education policy or practice, provide a working environment, and be able to provide mentorship and supervision in a specialized area of inclusive education for four weeks. Although it is not required, potential program hosts would benefit from having connections to Brazil, Peru, Kenya and Tanzania (the four countries where Professional Fellows will be recruited).
How long will hosts be responsible for supporting Professional Fellows?
Hosts will support Professional Fellows in the United States for a 4-week period, during which time they will provide mentorship and work experience in a pre-agreed area of inclusive education. Selected hosts will also have the opportunity to apply to participate in a fully-funded 2-week onsite technical assistance visit to their Fellows’ home country to assist with project implementation (this is referred to as the outbound portion of the program). At least six hosts will take part in this portion of the program, but more may be selected to travel abroad should hosts limit program expenses by providing Fellows with homestay accommodations.
Where will Professional Fellows stay during their time in the United States?
Fellows will stay in local accommodations coordinated by hosts. Options for accommodations include local homestays, scholar housing, hotel, Airbnb, or other lodgings. Homestays are strongly recommended, since this will allow Fellows to adjust to the local environment more swiftly and engage in more cultural exchanges. Placing Fellows with homestays will also minimize program costs and saved funding will be used to increase the number of hosts who can travel abroad and provide technical assistance to their Fellow during implementation of their inclusive education project.
How many Professional Fellows must a host support?
There is no minimum number of Fellows that a host must support, nor is there a precise limit.
Who should Program Hosts contact in case of an emergency involving a Professional Fellow?
ADA International Fellowship Program staff will be available at all times and will coordinate with hosts in facilitating the Leadership Institute and addressing complications that may arise. Fellows will have emergency health insurance provided through the U.S. Department of State’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE), and will be encouraged to bring all necessary prescription medications with them while in the U.S.
How will Hosts be matched to Professional Fellows?
The host application asks for information related to current projects and programs in inclusive education. Hosts will be matched with Fellows whose professional interests and goals align with available opportunities. The intention is to identify the host sites who can best provide the experiences desired by the selected Fellows. If a potential host would like to host a specific Fellow with whom they have an existing relationship, both parties are both encouraged to note this in their respective applications, to facilitate the match.
How will AUCD and ICI support efforts to share knowledge of inclusive education and build relationships between Fellows and hosts?
AUCD and ICI will conduct weekly webinars to teach Fellows about U.S. disability policies and legislation that influence inclusive education. AUCD and ICI will also coordinate online exchanges wherein Fellows can regularly share their experiences working their hosts and discuss lessons learned with their peers at other sites.
Are U.S. embassies and officials at the State Department involved in vetting and matching Fellows with Program Hosts?
U.S. embassies and State Department officials play a critical role in overseas program outreach and are involved during the review process. Embassy officials may identify applicants who they believe to be outstanding candidates for the Fellowship; thus, applicants are encouraged to make their interest in the Fellowship known to the U.S. embassy in their countries. The application review committee will assess these alongside all other submissions from prospective Fellows.
How are travel costs covered?
For Fellows, the ADA International Fellowship Program covers program-related flight costs to, from and within the United States for all Fellows. The program also provides a per diem that Professional Fellows can use for limited incidental expenses.
Hosts that are selected to travel abroad to provide technical assistance to Fellows’ inclusive education projects at the end of the Fellowship will have their program-related flight costs covered. The program will also provide a per diem that hosts can use for their own limited incidental expenses during the outbound portion of the program.
Does the ADA International Fellowship Program provide reimbursement to hosts for expenses related to Fellows’ accommodations?
Limited funds are available to cover costs related to accommodations for Fellows. However, such costs can potentially be reduced further by using homestays as accommodations. The funding that is saved through reduced costs will be used to enable more hosts to participate in the outbound portion of the program by traveling abroad to provide technical assistance to their Fellow’s inclusive education project.