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Research Fellowship Opportunities for Persons  with Disabilities

We have compiled a collection of links as well as contacts for your reference as you search to gain hands on exposure within this vast community.  Let us show you the opportunities and excitement that await you as you pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.




  • Institute for Accessible Science (IAS) Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

    The IAS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program has the goal to encourage talented undergraduate students with a physical disability to pursue biomedical science related careers and to enhance their preparation for graduate study.  This program involves intensive research experiences with faculty mentors. All qualified students with a documented mobility or visual impairment are encouraged to apply. Participants will be selected on the basis of their interest in pursuing a doctoral degree, relevant college coursework and grades, letters of recommendation, and their ability to contribute to the goal of the program.

  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship in Rehabilitation Engineering

    The goal of this program, offered through the Quality of Life Technology Center at the University of Pittsburgh, is to provide integrated training in the complementary disciplines of engineering, information science, health science, and social science to prepare scientists who have deep understanding of human needs (physiological, psychological, and social) and can design innovative rehabilitation devices, tools, and techniques to help people with disabilities live more satisfying and productive lives.

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

    The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that is in a field within NSF's mission and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree.  The program goals are to select, recognize, and financially support individuals early in their careers with the demonstrated potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, and to broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

  • Lighthouse International Scholarships and Career Awards

    Established in 1980 by Lighthouse International's Women's Committee, the Scholarship & Career Awards (SCA) is a time-honored tradition that recognizes outstanding students who have overcome the challenges of vision loss by awarding them with scholarships for college and graduate studies.

  • John Hopkins Summer Internship Program

    The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities that have completed one - two or more years of college.  The purpose of this exposure to biomedical and/or public health research is to encourage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health.  The program runs nine to ten weeks and a minimum stipend of $3,000 is provided.  Housing is provided near our undergraduate campus; the University has a shuttle service that provides convenient transportation between the Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutions (JHMI) and the undergraduate campus.

  • STEP-UP Summer Research Experience

    The Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health. The overall goal of NIDDK's Short Term Education Program (STEP-UP) is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. STEP-UP is particularly interested in increasing the participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities.

  • Lime Connect Fellowship

    The Lime Connect Fellowship Program For Students with Disabilities is our flagship program in the U.S. designed for highly accomplished rising juniors with disabilities.  The Fellowship Program kicks off with a leadership & development symposium in New York in August, and offers individual and group coaching, webinars, mentoring and Fellows community discussions throughout the year.  Upon "graduation" from the program, Fellows become part of the larger Lime Connect Fellows Alumni Community and have access to ongoing professional development, community and networking opportunities throughout their careers.

  • TEAM-Science: Training, Education And Mentoring in Science

    The TEAM-Science (Training, Education And Mentoring in Science) program is located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  This program, focused on developing a diverse biomedical and behavioral research workforce, has expanded its scope to include students with mobility disabilities.  Working with an assigned career coach, each student will develop a career plan centered around eight core competencies required to become a faculty member and eventually lead one's own research program.  Established faculty in various disciplines have been recruited for this program.  For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Sharon Topp.



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