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US Government Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE) for East African Countries 2019

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE) supports 20 mid-career professionals (Fellows) from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, who are committed to advancing inclusive employment for individuals with disabilities. 

Application Deadline: 19th November 2018

Eligible Countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda

To Be Taken At (Country): USA

About the Award: Fellows will participate in an intensive five-week program at a university-based research and education center for disabilities in the U.S. They will learn innovative strategies to promote economic empowerment of individuals with disabilities through the growth of inclusive employment opportunities.

The program specifically targets individuals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are employers, program administrators, policymakers, or other stakeholders in employment for people with disabilities in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Inclusive employment refers to individuals with disabilities working alongside their peers without disabilities in the competitive labor market (with access to the same benefits and career opportunities).

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.

Type: Fellowship (Career/Professional)

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 currently living and working in Kenya, Uganda or Tanzania;
  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.
  5. 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;
  6. Have professional interest and/or experience in inclusive employment and disabilities;
  7. Be self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting;
  8. Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills;
  9. Be able to participate in the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment in the US either in the spring (April 27- May 27, 2019) or in the fall (October 12- November 11, 2019);
  10. Be committed to returning to your home country for a period of two (2) years after completion of the program; and
  11. 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.

Selection: Applicants will be selected through a competitive process by program partners and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Number of Awards: 20

Value of Award: Fellows will receive funding for their fellowship-related travel to and within the U.S., accommodations in the U.S., and more including:

  • Visa
  • Round trip travel between home country and U.S.
  • Accident and health insurance for the duration of the fellowship in the U.S.
  • Living allowance (or equivalent supports) to cover costs of meals, housing and incidental expenses (these funds, or some portion of them, can go directly to hosts if needed)
  • Reasonable disability-related accommodations, if needed

Duration of Program: Fellows will participate in one of two cohorts: Spring: (April 27- May 27, 2019) or in the fall (October 12- November 11, 2019.

How to Apply:  APPLY HERE

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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