AUCD Now Accepting Applications for the 2009 Disability Policy Fellowship

July 30, 2008


The overall purpose of the Fellowship in Disability Policy is to offer a significant experience in national level activities related to policy and legislative development, advocacy, program development, technical assistance, and association administration.

  • The Fellowship in Disability Policy is envisioned as a mutually beneficial arrangement whereby the participating individual, the home UCEDD/LEND/IDDRC program, and the AUCD central office benefits.
  • The individual will benefit from the experiences and contacts developed during the fellowship period.
  • The program will benefit from having "one of its own" participating in national level activities and subsequently informing home UCEDD/LEND/IDDRC staff of their activities and knowledge gained.
  • AUCD will benefit from having increased human resources to assist in carrying out its work and have a person on staff with local and state perspectives in the AUCD network.

Eligible Applicants

Staff working for at least 2-5 years at a UCEDD, LEND Program or IDDRC in a management, faculty, research, or clinical position who are US citizens, or graduate trainees who are completing their training program. Persons with disabilities or family members and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship Responsibilities

The fellowship program will be jointly developed between the fellow and central office staff based on the current and expected workload of the central office, upcoming policy issues before Congress and Executive Branch Agencies, and the interests and experience of the fellow.

Length of time

The fellowship could last from 9 to 12 months. At minimum, an academic year time period (9 months) is preferred. Shorter length fellowships will only be considered when a particular project or issue of short duration is available.


Fellow will receive current salary plus costs for travel and relocation to Washington DC. Cost of living differentials between Washington DC area and home community may be considered in negotiating the fellowship stipend. Housing and per diem expenses while in Washington will be the responsibility of the fellow.

Application deadline and start dates

For application instructions, click here [word doc, 118 KB].

Applications are due September 29, 2008 but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The fellowship is expected to begin in early 2009.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact George Jesien or Kim Musheno.

Interested applicants may also contact Tammie Picklesimer, the current policy fellow for additional information.