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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Anniversary Inclusive Education Fellowship Program

Develop leadership skills to support educational inclusion in your country

The ADA Anniversary Fellowship Program in Inclusive Education will enable 28 participants from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and India to participate in a 6-week intensive fellowship program at a wide variety of organizations in Minnesota or Arizona that support the educational inclusion of children with disabilities. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is administered by the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University in collaboration with international partners including Nazarbayev University & Bilim Central Asia Education Center in Kazakhstan; Armenian State Pedagogical University in Armenia; National Precarpathian University and the Odessa Development Fund in Ukraine; and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India.

Truly inclusive education means that all children, including those with disabilities, are educated with their peers without disabilities in general education classrooms in their local schools. It involves more than such children being physically present and includes their active participation in all aspects of classroom life.  

Prior to the fellowship experience, participants accepted into the program will work with coordinators at the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University and in their respective countries to develop person-centered fellowship plans.  These plans will help tailor fellows’ experiences in the U.S. to ensure that they meet their needs and interests. After their experience in the U.S., fellows will use what they have learned in their own countries with the goal of enhancing the implementation of inclusive education.

Program Activities

During their fellowship experience participants will learn:

Over the course of their stay in the U.S., fellows will work and form connections with mentors from host organizations whose work focuses on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in varied settings. Participants will learn about the work of their mentors as well as contribute to an inclusion-based project being implemented within the organization. Based on their experiences in Minnesota or Arizona and the inclusive education needs in their countries, fellows with develop both a concept and action plan for an Inclusive Education Grand Challenge Project that will be implemented in their home country upon return.  These projects will be implemented by fellows from each country as part of a team that includes partner organizations in the country as well as U.S. mentors.

Funding and Support

Fellows will receive full funding for their Fellowship-related travel to and within the U.S. and a variety of additional supports including:

Fellowship Program Requirements

In order to take part in the program participants need to be:

Other Important Information

The ADA Inclusive Education Fellowship Program is a merit-based competition open to candidates in Kazakhstan, Armenia, Ukraine, or India who meet eligibility requirements. All applications will be reviewed by a selection panel that includes representatives from both the U.S. and partnering organizations from the home country. Semi-finalists will be interviewed and must pass an English language proficiency test. Applicants will be considered based on the following criteria:

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply as reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed. Application materials are available in alternative formats (e.g., Braille) upon request.

For additional information or to request an application, please contact: Brian Abery ( or Renáta Tichá ( at the University of Minnesota. Applications are available and can be submitted through the following links:

Applications will be accepted from December 15th 2016 through January 27thth 2017.

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