Hosting Professional Fellows

Are you interested in working on disability and civic engagement internationally? Do you value sharing and exchanging knowledge and best practices with professionals from other countries? Do you enjoy cross-cultural dialogue?

Apply to the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement to host a Fellow from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, or Ethiopia! We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2022 Fellowship Exchange. Apply by June 3, 2022!

Learn more on this page about who can be a Host, what is involved in hosting a Fellow, the benefits of hosting a Fellow, how to apply to be a Host, and the Host-Fellow matching process.

Who can be a Host?

We are looking for organizations such as institutes of higher education, disability organizations, civic organizations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies that have expertise in disability inclusion policy or practice.

Organizations must be able to provide a working environment as well as supervision and mentorship in a specialized area related to inclusive civic engagement for 4 weeks.

What is involved in hosting a Fellow?

Hosts will support Fellows in the US for a 4-week period during which they provide work experience, supervision, and mentorship in the Fellow’s chosen area of inclusive civic engagement.

As part of their application, Fellows must identify a key policy or practice issue related to disability and civic engagement in their home countries. This policy or practice issue will provide a focus for Fellows’ individual Fellowship placement training. Fellows also propose a project that they plan to implement in their home countries within 6 months of completing their US-based Fellowship. This is called the follow-on project. During the placement training, Fellows design an action plan for their follow-on project with input and guidance from their US Host and colleagues.

Once Fellows and Hosts have been matched, Hosts will devise a Fellowship training schedule with input from their respective Fellows. The schedule will include a variety of in-person activities.

We will provide Hosts with a template schedule that lists the different types of activities that Fellows should engage in, the suggested durations for their engagements, and other pertinent information.

Margo Izzo and Gwaliwa Mashaka

Left: Dr. Margo Izzo, Professor Emeritus at the Nisonger Center (UCEDD), Ohio State University; Gwaliwa’s Host Site Mentor. Right: Gwaliwa Mashaka, Fall 2018 Professional Fellow Alumna; co-founder of Employable Africa, a social enterprise that promotes inclusivity in Education & Employment in Africa.

What am I responsible for as a Host?

Hosts are responsible for coordinating the following:

  • In-person supervision, training, and work experiences that support development of Fellows’ knowledge of inclusive civic engagement
  • Access to at least one volunteer or community service activity for the Fellow
  • A workspace with computer and Internet access for the Fellow
  • Housing for the Fellow for the duration of the Fellowship*
  • A homestay with a host family for the Fellow*
  • Access to but not coverage of local transportation for the Fellow
  • Access to events that expose the Fellow to American society and culture

*The Fellowship Program covers all housing and homestay costs for Fellows*.

What are the benefits of hosting a Fellow?

There are significant benefits of engaging in international disability work! By hosting a Professional Fellow from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and/or Ethiopia, you can:

  • Expand your network and meet professionals with similar interests
  • Learn about inclusive civic engagement policies and practices globally
  • Explore new opportunities for collaboration on shared issues and topics
  • Build relationships with foreign institutions affiliated with the Fellows, including universities and disability-focused non-governmental organizations
  • Internationalize your disability work, research, and practice
  • Engage in cross-cultural dialogue and exchange
  • Promote your institutional expertise on the international stage
  • Make a positive impact on inclusive civic engagement in Africa

In addition to these benefits, we will select approximately 8 Hosts to travel to their Fellows’ home countries (after the completion of the US-based Fellowship) for a 2-week period during which Hosts will provide additional training, mentoring, and technical assistance to their Fellows. This is called the outbound exchange.

We will select Hosts through an open, competitive process initiated by a joint application submitted by the Host and their respective Fellow(s) during the US-based Fellowship.

Jeremiah Lwebuga

Left: Jeremiah (Jerrie) Lwebuga, Fall 2018 Professional Fellow Alumnus; consultant for Strategic Impact Advisors, a global consulting firm. Right: Karen Heath, Associate Director at the Center for Human Development (UCEDD), University of Alaska Anchorage. Karen served as Jerrie’s Host Site Mentor.

How can I apply to be a Host?

Apply to be a Host online! Applications are due on June 3, 2022. If you are not able to apply online, you can download a text document of the application form, fill in the form, and email the form to

Note: Once you start the application, you can save and come back to the application any time without losing your information. If you have any questions or need the application in a different format, please contact:

Please note that we are currently only seeking Host applications for the Fall 2022 Fellowship Exchange. The call for Host applications for the Spring 2023 Fellowship will open in Fall 2022.

What is the process of matching Hosts with Fellows?

We will match Hosts with Fellows whose professional interests and goals align with available opportunities. The intention is to identify and recruit Host site organizations that can best provide the experiences desired by the selected Fellows.