Opportunities

On this page, we will list scholarships, fellowships, interships, and other opportunities for Disability Studies students and alumni.

 

Invitation to Speak – April 29-30 for “Living in Community: Changes and Continuing Challenges”

 
The Center for Disability Studies in collaboration with the Center For Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA), the Disability Education and Advocacy Network (DEAN), and the Museum of disABILITY History invites you to join us for an exciting conference at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, April 29-30, 2015.
 
The conference aims to bring together regional scholars, community members, students, and activists to address the theme “Living in Community: Changes and Continuing Challenges.” In addition to focusing on issues such as the built environment, product design, transportation, education and employment, we hope the conference will engage the ways in which people with disabilities define—and derive meaning and value from—the term “community.”
 
Individual as well as panel proposals are welcome. Submissions need not be formal. An e-mail briefly (200 words) explaining your proposal will suffice. We may ask for follow-up information. The conference organizers have funds to support travel, lodging, and a modest honorarium.
 
If you are interested, please e-mail your proposal to Program Committee Chair, Andrew Marcum at abmarcum@buffalo.edu by Friday, March 13, 2015. Proposals will be reviewed and participants will be notified of their acceptance no later than Monday, March 23, 2015.
 
We hope to hear from you soon!
 

Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program

 
The summer 2015 Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program remains open for applications until February 4, 2015 at 5 pm EST.  
 
This program is for recent graduates, graduate students, and undergraduates from across the U.S. who wish to pursue a career in international development or foreign affairs. The U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) has coordinated this internship program since 2013.
 
The summer 2015 internship program will bring a group of talented graduate students, recent graduates, and rising college juniors and seniors to Washington, DC, for nine weeks.  This will include a one-week training and orientation program followed by an eight-week internship at an international organization in the Washington, DC, area.  Each intern is usually placed at a different organization.  USICD will cover the cost of fully-accessible housing during the program, reimburse travel expenses to and from DC, and provide a limited stipend.  It is anticipated that the program will run from May 24 to July 25, 2015. These dates may be subject to change.  
 
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must identify as a person with a disability, and must be either a student or a recent graduate. "Recent graduates" graduated between spring 2014 and spring 2015 with either a graduate degree or a bachelor's degree.  All applicants must have completed at minimum their sophomore year in college.  Most applicants should be age 30 or younger.  In limited circumstances, some candidates (particularly U.S. veterans) may be eligible up to age 35.
 
To learn more about the Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program, its eligibility criteria, and the application process, please visit http://usicd.org/template/page.cfm?id=257.  You can also download a printable handout on the internship program.
 
Please disseminate this announcement widely.  If you represent an international organization in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area interested in hosting an intern from June 1 to July 24, 2015, please communicate with internships@usicd.org.
 
USICD thanks the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation for their support for this initiative.
 
Application deadline for USICD's summer 2015 internship program is February 4, 2015 at 5 pm EST (2 pm PST).
 

Announcing Disability History Association Graduate Student Scholarship

As part of our commitment to promoting the work of disability historians, DHA is proud to announce this year's graduate student scholarship to attend professional academic conferences. This award is not restricted by the geographic location or type of professional academic conference. The fellowship committee will award either 2 applicants $250US [or equivalent] or one applicant $500US [or equivalent], depending on strength of proposals and need. The Association will cover expenses to convert currencies if necessary.
 
To apply for this scholarship applicants should provide a one-page (roughly 250- words) cover letter outlining when, where, and what kind of conference will be attended. Applicants should clearly explain their reason for wanting to attend the conference and what benefits are anticipated by this experience. For example, a candidate may have been accepted to present a paper or may want to interview for jobs at the conference; another may want to do both or may want to learn more about subjects presented that relate to his/her own work.
 
This year's award covers Spring 2015 through Fall 2015. Applications may be submitted now and will be considered in a rolling admissions process. Please send applications to Susan Burch: sburch@middlebury.edu
 
 

CFP: Human Terrains: Identity, Geography, Politics

University of Virginia Department of English graduate student conference
April 10th, 11th, 12th, 2015
Keynote speech by Jasbir Puar
Master class by Marlon Ross
 
Taxonomy and tribe; gender and globe; state, sex, and system. We’re categorization machines: it would sound like a weak generalization if it weren’t such a persistent impulse. We survey exteriors and interiors. We reform law and language in a quest to codify identity. The more terrain we successfully chart, the wider, deeper, more tortuous we find the human landscape. How manifold are the ways we can map our worlds?
 
The University of Virginia Department of English is seeking graduate student conference papers dealing broadly with the human and the geopolitical. We welcome papers that work with texts and media from any historical period, particularly those that investigate questions of global and local identities, transnational networks, and geographic spaces physical and imagined. We invite our presenters to explore subjects such as:
 
  • Globalization, imperialism, and border-crossing from and through all historic periods
  • Ethnicity and nationality as well as sexuality, gender, and disability studies
  • Spaces: public, private, physical, mental, real, virtual, and hybrid
  • Technologies of mapping, digital or historical
  • The body, the human, and the post-human
Submit 250-300 word abstracts to gesaconference2015@gmail.com by January 30, 2015. Please include a brief academic biography, including your name, email address, and academic affiliation. Presentations should be 20 minutes in length (about 8-10 double-spaced pages).
 
Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), and the forthcoming monograph Affective Politics: States of Debility and Capacity (Duke University Press, 2014) which takes up questions of disability in the context of theories of bodily assemblages that trouble intersectional identity frames. Her research interests span critical ethnic studies, cultural studies, feminist globalization studies, immigration and diasporas, queer studies, sexualities studies.
 
Master class presenter Marlon Ross is a professor in the University of Virginia department of English. He is the author of Manning the Race (New York University Press, 2004) and The Contours of Masculine Desire (Oxford University Press, 1989).
 
 

 

Summer Fellowship Opportunity in Disability Policy Research

Mathematica Policy Research is now accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Experiential Learning Fellowship in Disability Policy Research at the Center for Studying Disability Policy. This fellowship program, part of the Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium, offers Master’s and early doctoral students the opportunity to conduct independent research under the guidance of Mathematica researchers. The program will take place onsite at Mathematica’s office in Washington, DC for 8 weeks in June and July 2015. Last year’s program was a great success and we are looking forward to another fantastic experience for this year’s fellows. Find out more at http://www.disabilitypolicyresearch.org/disability-research-consortium/fellowships.Contact Jody Schimmel Hyde at jschimmel@mathematica-mpr.com with any questions about the program or application process.  Applications are due by midnight on February 13 to DRCSummerFellows@mathematica-mpr.com.
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