Fellowship Opportunity: at disability advocacy organization in Washington, DC, USA

Posted on 12 May 2010. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Education and Training Opportunities, Employment, Fellowships & Scholarships, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dear Colleagues,

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), in partnership with Atlas Corps, has made available one fellowship position to work with USICD in Washington, DC for one year, beginning in September 2010. This is an exciting opportunity for a mid-career professional from another country, working in the nongovernmental sector, to spend a year working in Washington working and learning with our organization in areas such as advocacy, program development and nonprofit administration. Their experience will be further enriched by the professional development activities that occur throughout their placement, provided by Atlas Corps.

I have attached the candidate qualifications description we have developed with Atlas Corps. Please share this with any international networks with whom you participate. I am particularly enthused to have individuals with first-hand experience in disability in the applicant pool. Applications are now coming in; time is short, so please do not delay to encourage those people you know who may be interested to review the materials and consider applying. You can learn more about Atlas Corps here: http://www.atlascorps.org/ and in the information below; Atlas Corps manages the application process and is the point of contact for all applicants. Further information about USICD is available here: www.usicd.org.

Thank you,
David Morrissey

About Atlas Corps Fellowship

Atlas Corps coordinates the rigorous selection process as well as logistics including living stipend, visa, flight, health insurance, taxes, and end of service award. The Host organization pays a cost share that covers a percent of the expenses.

This is a unique opportunity to receive a talented, mid-career, citizen sector (nonprofit/NGO) leader from overseas who is recruited specifically for your organization. Host applications are accepted year round. The fellowship program runs a fall class from September to August and a spring class from March to February.

Host Benefits:
• The Host organization receives a full-time, yearlong, international Fellow who is a leader in the nonprofit/NGO sector with 3-10 years of relevant experience. The average Atlas Corps Fellow is 28 years old, is fluent in English, and has a bachelor’s or master’s degree. (Volunteers going to Bogota are also fluent in Spanish.)
• Atlas Corps recruits at least two strong candidates for the Host organization based on a job description provided by the Host. The Host interviews candidates and selects their top choice from Atlas’ pool of vetted candidates.
• Atlas Corps provides Fellows with assistance in obtaining a visa, ten days advance orientation and training, health insurance, round trip international travel to host assignment, living stipend, and ongoing monthly training.
• The Host joins an international network of nonprofit organizations and rising nonprofit leaders who work together and share best practices.
Host Responsibilities:
• Host agrees to pay Atlas Corps a cost share for the Fellow over the course of the year, beginning 30-45 days prior to fellow’s start date.. Payments are made quarterly. Host is not responsible for taxes, health insurance, visa, or additional compensation.
• Host interviews candidates and selects their top choice. The Fall Fellows start at Host organization in early September and Spring Fellows start in March.
• Host agrees to provide a workstation (desk, phone, computer).
• Host agrees to provide meaningful work opportunities for the Fellow and will develop a Fellow work plan during the recruitment process.
• Host agrees to embrace the two-way notion of the Atlas Corps program that values the contributions of rising nonprofit leaders from the global south.

Open Position: Atlas Corps Fellow
Job Summary: The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is looking for an Atlas Corps Fellow to serve in the Washington, DC area.
USICD’s mission is to catalyze and help focus the energy, expertise and resources of the US disability community and the US government to optimize their impact on improving the lives and circumstances of people with disabilities worldwide, and to be an active member of the global disability rights movement. The selected fellow will join a groundbreaking organization supporting the rights of people with disabilities in the US and abroad.

As a member of a small team and working under the direction of the Executive Director, the Atlas Corps Fellow will have a working and learning experience with USICD. The Fellow will provide integral support to the administrative and programmatic functions of the organization, to include:

• Assisting the Executive Director with various administrative tasks related to operating a U.S.-based nonprofit organization
• Assisting the program management staff in implementing various USICD initiatives in the areas of CRPD education and global disability rights information dissemination
• Supporting the Board of Directors’ activities through communications and logistic planning
• Respond to the inquiries of USICD members and constituents for information and disseminating announcements via electronic and print mailings
• Uploading content to the USICD website
• And developing their own portfolio of projects, presentations, and global network building unique to their role as an Atlas Corps Fellow with USICD, under the guidance and advice of the Executive Director.

Qualifications Summary:

USICD seeks a dynamic, energetic individual who:
• Understands disability as a human rights issue, beyond the more traditional charity or medical models
• Has at least basic awareness of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty -OR- the universal human rights framework in general
• Has some first-hand experience in the disability community, as a family member, advocate, or self-identified person with a disability
• Has developed skills speaking, presenting/teaching, and writing in English
• Has strong computer and internet use skills; experience with web publishing or content management a plus
• Some experience in nonprofit or civil society/NGO administration
A commitment to the advancement of people with disabilities and knowledge of disability cultures in the United States and internationally are desirable. First-hand experience with disability preferred.

Interested applicants will please note that this blog site, We Can Do, is NOT the appropriate conduit for applying for this fellowship opportunity. Instead, people who wish to apply are requested to contact Atlas Corps directly, as instructed in the announcement above. You may apply via the Atlas Corps website at http://www.atlascorps.org/. At the Atlas Corps website, click on the button that says “Apply here.” Then on the next screen, click “Apply to United States.” Follow the instructions provided on that page. Thank you and good luck in your endeavors.

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SCHOLARSHIP for Tanzanian Students at University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Posted on 31 January 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Education, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships, Inclusion, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The University in Edinburgh, Scotland, is offering a scholarship for Tanzanian students for the 2009-2010 academic year. Students need to be enrolled at the Masters level. The application deadline is April 1, 2009.

The Julius Nyerere Master’s Scholarship will cover the full overseas tuition fee, living costs of £10,000, and a return flight from Tanzania to the UK. Details are available at http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/internat/nyerere.htm

You can find details of Masters level education courses at http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/finder/subjectarea.php?taught=Y&sid=14
Some examples include a program in deaf education; a program in inclusive and special education; a program in working with learners with visual impairments; a program in working with learners with specific learning difficulties; and many more.

Please send any queries direct to scholarships@ed.ac.uk

I learned about this scholarship opportunity via the EENET_Eastern_Africa email discussion group. This mailing list, which focuses on inclusive education in Eastern Africa, can be subscribed to for free.

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FELLOWSHIPS: Asia Pacific Leadership Program

Posted on 6 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Capacity Building and Leadership, East Asia Pacific Region, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships | Tags: , , , , , |

Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP)

We Can Do readers will note that this program is not specifically targeted to people with disabilities. I encourage people who would need disability-related accommodations, such as interpreters, Braille, etc., to contact the APLP coordinators directly to inquire. The application deadline is December 1, 2008, and the fellowships will begin in August 2009.

The East-West Center is pleased to announce new fellowships for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program for 2009-10. Entering its eight year, the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) is the center of excellence for leadership education in the Asia Pacific region. The APLP is a graduate certificate program combining the development of regional expertise with the enhancement of individual leadership capacity. Based at the East-West Center in Honolulu , Hawaii , the program has created a network of dynamic leaders in 48 countries who are helping to build a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community. All participants receive an APLP Entrance Fellowship valued at approximately $15,000.

The Asia Pacific Leadership Program seeks outstanding individuals with proven leadership experience or high leadership potential from across the Asia Pacific region, North America and beyond. All participants have at least a Bachelors degree with the majority having graduate degrees as well. At least 20 countries are represented in each cohort. APLP Fellows come together from all walks of life, including areas as diverse as government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and education.

APLP participants will gain broad regional perspectives, become knowledgeable about the critical challenges facing the Asia Pacific region, and be trained to exercise leadership and promote cooperation. The APLP empowers leaders with the knowledge, skills, experiences, and supportive community needed to successfully navigate personal and regional change in the 21st century.

Application Forms and Fellowships
For more information about the Asia Pacific Leadership Program, as well as application forms and fellowship opportunities, please visit our website at: www.eastwestcenter.org/aplp or email: aplp@eastwestcenter.org.

The application deadline is December 1, 2008. Fellowships begin in August.
Apply to:
East-West Center
Award Services Office
Attn: APLP
John A. Burns Hall, Room 2066
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848-1601 USA
Telephone: 808-944-7738; Fax: 808-944-7730
Email: aplp@eastwestcenter.org
The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to promote better relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific and the United States through cooperative research, education, and dialogue on critical issues of common concern. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.


I found this announcement via the mailing list for the Global Partnership for Disability and Development. This announcement also was posted earlier at the Cambodia Jobs blog.

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FELLOWSHIP for International Development Internship with Catholic Relief Services

Posted on 31 October 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

International Development Fellow

Education: Master (MA, MSW, etc.)
Location: International, United States, United States
Posted by: Catholic Relief Services

Job Category: Management , Project management
Language(s): Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Job posted on: October 27, 2008
Area of Focus: Economic Development, Farming and Agriculture, Health and Medicine, Peace, War, and Conflict Resolution:)
Type: Full time
Last day to apply: December 15, 2008
Last updated: October 27, 2008


The International Development Fellows Program is designed to give those interested in a career in international relief and development, the opportunity to increase their overseas experience, gain project management experience and to be exposed to the work of Catholic Relief Services. A majority of the program participants go on to full-time employment

Fellows work for one year in CRS offices around the world in the sectors of agriculture, education, health, HIV and AIDS, microfinance and peace building. During the course of the year, Fellows are exposed to various aspects of project management including proposal writing, budgeting, working with donors, working with counterparts, and monitoring and evaluation.

Additional Qualifications:

We are looking for candidates with:

-international experience
-a relevant masters degree (international affairs, community development, agriculture, public health, international education, etc.)
-an interest in work for a faith based organization
-professional proficiency in Spanish, French, Arabic and Portuguese
-strong cross cultural skills.

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted on-line until December 15, 2008 for July
2009-2010 placements.
Please view our website at
http://www.crs.org/about/careers/fellowships/ to learn more about the program and to apply.

For additional information, please contact us at idfp@crs.org.

Permalink: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/316353-89

Thank you to Dr. Amy Wilson for passing along this announcement. This announcement was first posted at the job board, http://www.idealist.org. People interested in this opportunity should apply or inquire directly with Catholic Relief Services at the web site and email address provided above. Please do NOT inquire with We Can Do regarding this opportunity–this blog site is not associated with Catholic Relief Services and cannot assist.

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Echoing Green Award for Innovative New Organizations

Posted on 27 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Fellowships & Scholarships, Funding, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Note: The application deadline for this funding opportunity is December 1, 2008. This is an annual opportunity, so if you miss the 2008 deadline, then check the Echoing Green website for information on opportunities in subsequent years. Some of Echoing Green’s past recipients have included a few new organizations based in developing countries. One past recipient is Eric Rosenthal, who used his Echoing Green fellowship to establish Mental Disability Rights International. Applications and inquiries should be directed to Echoing Green, NOT We Can Do.

Each year, Echoing Green awards 20 two-year fellowships to entrepreneurs creating new social change organizations. Fellows receive up to $90,000 in seed funding and technical support to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable organizations. These fellowships offer them the opportunity to develop and test their ideas. We accept applications from citizens of all nationalities, working in any country.

This is not a scholarship program. Our fellows do not develop their ideas in an academic setting. Our fellows work in the community. They launch, manage and grow organizations that implement and continually expand their ideas for creating lasting social change.

Echoing Green seeks individuals or partnerships (organizations led by two people) with:

* Innovative solutions to significant social problems
* Strategies to create high-impact, sustainable change in people’s lives
* The ability to grow and lead a new organization

The application process is open to citizens of all nationalities, working in any country.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship:

* Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
* Applicants must have sufficient English fluency to participate in interviews and Echoing Green events.
* Organizations must be the original idea of the applicant.
* Organizations must be independent and autonomous. Organizations cannot be considered independent or autonomous if they are started under the direction of an existing organization. The applicant must be the primary decision maker for the organization’s development and management. Generally, organizations with fiscal sponsors are still considered autonomous.
* Organizations must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the applicant may have been running the organization full-time for approximately two years and Echoing Green’s financial support should qualify it as a major/primary early funder. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start an organization are generally considered eligible.
* Applicants must make a full-time commitment to the organization’s development. A full-time commitment is defined as a minimum of 35 hours per week; it is expected that the fellow would resign from their current employment to dedicate themselves full-time to their initiative.
* Partnerships (organizations led by two individuals) may apply. Both partners must make a full-time commitment of no fewer than 35 hours per week to the development of the organization.
* Applicants must commit to lead their organization for at least two years. Students who apply should note that they will not be eligible for their fellowship stipend if their organization is put on hold due to time commitment conflicts with their studies.
* Applicants can be citizens of any nationality and their organizations can be based in any country. However, if the applicant is not a US citizen or permanent resident and does not have legal status to work in the US, no services in connection with their fellowship may be performed in the United States. If you are authorized to work in the US but this status is granted to you through your current employer and you are only authorized to work for that employer, you are not eligible to apply for a US-based proposal.
* Applicants must commit to attending Echoing Green’s training conferences, if selected as fellows. All new fellows attend a conference in July the year they are selected, as well as a November conference that year and for the next three years. Echoing Green covers all expenses related to these events and will announce the dates a few months prior to each conference.

The following proposals are not eligible for consideration for an Echoing Green Fellowship:

* Plans for the expansion of an existing organization that is past its start-up phase
* Plans for research projects
* Plans for lobbying activities
* Plans for faith-based initiatives (in this context, faith-based implies that you are associated with a religious institution or are promoting a specific faith; if your work has a spiritual basis but is not tied to any specific religion or faith, you may be eligible for consideration)
* Recipients of prior Echoing Green funding

Will you be a competitive candidate?

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria during the course of the selection process:

Applicant is an emerging social entrepreneur:

* Demonstrated entrepreneurial characteristics
* Demonstrated leadership potential
* Strong passion and commitment for the program area in which they plan to work
* Intelligence and problem solving skills
* Practical skills (e.g., strategic, organizational)
* Personal integrity

Applicant’s plan will result in a sustainable organization:

* Clear and compelling mission and objectives
* Sound strategy and plan for program development and delivery
* Plan for evaluating success and performance
* Plan for financial sustainability and growth
* Existing support network

Applicant can clearly articulate their vision for social change:

* Seriousness of the social problem they will address
* Innovative idea and approach
* Potential for tangible impact to the beneficiary population
* Potential for replication and growth
* Potential for effecting systemic change (e.g., policy change, societal change, influence in their field)

To apply for an Echoing Green Fellowship, please visit our Fellowship section. Proposals submitted via mail or email will not be considered.

See http://www.echoinggreen.org

Our 2009 application is now open. The deadline for submissions is 5 PM EST on December 1, 2008

We Can Do received this announcement via the Intl-Dev mailing list.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Empowering Disabled in Bangladesh Through Micro-Credit

Posted on 29 April 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Blind, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Volunteer Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If I understand correctly, it seems that the participating fellow/volunteer may need to cover all associated travel and other expenses. In exchange, you would gain experience that you can put on your resume. Please use the contact information provided near the bottom of this announcement to obtain more detail about this opportunity.

Short Term Fellowships (3 months)
1 position available

BANGLADESH: Using micro-credit to empower the disabled community, raising awareness about disabilities, and advocating for disability rights in Bangladesh

Based in: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Host: Since 1991, Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO) has been working for the development and protection of the disabled community in Bangladesh. Founded and run by individuals living with blindness themselves, BERDO’s programs include microcredit, rehabilitation, a Talking Library, scholarships, job placement, health services, and disability prevention. BERDO fulfills its mission through networking, research, advocacy, and service.


  • Identify and define a clear social justice agenda,
  • Work with BERDO to develop their micro-credit programs, and disseminate information on these programs
  • Produce a newsletter regularly, website content, and press releases
  • Place articles with the local and international press
  • Explore existing and new ways to help disabled persons exploit ICT, including social networking
  • Develop eco-network of local ICT supporters
  • Continue developing BERDO’s website
  • Expand upon the BERDO partner page (AP site)
  • Expand BERDO’s network of micro-credit contacts, locally and internationally
  • Expand BERDO’s network of contacts with disability rights advocates
  • Limited fundraising (small social justice projects)


  • Understanding of disability issues, rights, and advocacy possibilities, including the new International Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
  • Knowledge and experience of microcredit (preferred)
  • Sensitivity, flexibility, open-mindedness, and a willingness to confront new challenges
  • Experience in advocacy or activism
  • Networking and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong writing skills

For more detail, consult the web site at:


Any questions about this opportunity should be directed to aburrows@advocacynet.org

Thank you to Amy Wilson for passing along this announcement.

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