The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship Program 2012-2013

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking exemplary professionals and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with I/DD for an intensive one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, DC. The purpose of the Fellowship is to prepare both early career and more seasoned leaders to assume leadership in the public policy arena in their home state and/or nationally. During this one year Fellowship, the successful applicant will learn how federal legislation is initiated, developed, and passed by the Congress, as well as how programs are administered and regulations promulgated by federal agencies.

The successful applicant’s background will include distinguished involvement in efforts to improve the lives of persons with I/DD at the regional, state or national level.   The expectation is that fellows will become future leaders in the field of inclusive community supports for people with I/DD.   After their year in Washington, it is expected that former Kennedy Fellows will make significant contributions to policy and program development in their home state or continue to advance their work on the national level.   The program provides a one-year full-time exposure to the federal public policy making process, and includes a stipend and modest relocation expenses.   Selected fellows must be prepared to live in the Washington, DC area during their fellowship year and to devote themselves full-time to the fellowship.

The application deadline for 2012-2013 is March 31, 2012 by 5:00 pm EDT.   The Foundation fellowship(s) will be awarded for the period July, 2012-June 30, 2013, though consideration may be given to those who wish to start later in the year or early in 2013. To read more download this PDF.

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