The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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The Nathan and Toby Starr Undergraduate Fellowship in Disability Policy

Established in 2018, the Nathan and Toby Starr Fellowship in Disability Policy provides opportunities for Brandeis University undergraduate students with a strong interest in disability policy to develop research skills and expand their knowledge of disability policy. The goal of the Starr Fellowship program is to identify future researchers and offer them direct research training with established Lurie Institute investigators. Read our 2018/19 Starr Fellows' bios

Applications will be accepted annually in the spring from rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The submission of application materials must include a completed application form; one-page statement of interest; resume; letter of recommendation from a Brandeis professor; and Brandeis transcript. Select candidates from the total pool of applicants may be asked to interview with the Lurie Institute team. Notification of acceptance will occur in early summer.  Selected students will begin the Starr Fellowship at the beginning of the following academic year.

Starr fellows will be awarded a $4,000 stipend, and expected to work approximately 6-8 hours per week during the academic year (spring and fall semesters) with Lurie Institute for Disability Policy senior researchers. The fellow will be paired with a Lurie mentor based on their research interests, and will participate in ongoing disability policy research. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in local disability community events and may be able to attend a disability-related research conference and co-author a peer reviewed publication. Toward the conclusion of the fellowship, students will be expected to produce one opinion piece for publication in an online magazine/newspaper, such as HuffPost, related to the topic they have been studying, and present their research publicly at the Heller School for Social Policy.

Applications for the 2019-20 Starr Fellowship have been closed. If you are interested in applying for the Fellowship, please check our site next year.  

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