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Global Research Group Call for Applications – Disability Inclusive Development Initiative

October 25, 2021

Global Research Group call for applications for Participation in a GRG With: DISABILITY INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

APPLY BY October 25

We are inviting applications from undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Disability Inclusive Development Initiative during fall, winter, and spring quarters. Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


DIDI brings together high-achieving students from across the university to participate in research and advocacy projects that generate new evidence and ways of thinking about when and why inclusion works best and for whom, paying particular attention to the many factors that can present barriers such as gender, age, race, class, indigeneity, and others.
Student fellows receive valuable experience conducting intensive, mentored research projects and working closely with professionals in the field of human rights. Students also have opportunities to present research in different public contexts.
You can learn more about the program here:

2021-2022 PROJECTS

We anticipate having multiple projects during the academic year, including:

  • An assessment of disability inclusion in national laws and policies promoting gender equality (countries to be included TBD) for Making It Work ( a project of Humanity & Inclusion
  • Service learning opportunities with organizations of persons with disabilities in Peru, with the Disability Rights Legal Center at Catolica University.


Fellows will be required to attend weekly meetings of approximately one hour during the academic year, and to work independently on their own or in small groups to accomplish discrete tasks given to them by DIDI faculty. All students will be expected to contribute to a minimum of one writing exercise by the end of the program.
Weekly meetings will be arranged based on the availability of the research team. Accepted students may sign up for research credit if they choose.
Required hours for this project are up to 10 hours/week but are likely to vary.


Students with strong research and writing skills and a demonstrated interest in human rights, disability rights, and gender are preferred. Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors among undergraduates.
Graduate student applicants who are working in the area of human rights, international development and/or disability are also encouraged to apply.


Students interested in becoming DIDI Fellows should email Stephen Meyers ( and Megan McCloskey ( by 5 pm on Monday, October 25. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

The email should include:

  1. A cover letter identifying your research background/abilities, any language skills you have, relevant courses you have taken, your interest in working on either or both expected projects, and any experience relevant to either.
  2. A resume.
  3. A writing sample. The writing sample may not be coauthored with other individuals.
  4. An unofficial transcript.

Please make the subject line of the email DIDI APPLICATION.
Please contact Stephen Meyers ( or Megan McCloskey ( with any questions.