The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation International Policy Fellowship 2020 (Fully-funded)

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation International Policy Fellowship 2020 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: May 31, 2020

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is pleased to announce the next
round of its International Public Policy Fellowship Program in
Inclusive Education in cooperation with UNICEF. One Fellowship will be awarded to an exemplary professional, and/or person experiencing disability and/or family member of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who is currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. International Public Policy Fellowship will prepare the successful candidate to assume leadership in inclusive education in their home country or internationally.

During this one-year Fellowship, the successful applicant will learn how policies, programs and legislation are developed and administered and regulations promulgated by national and international agencies. Former Public Policy Fellows describe the Fellowship as a major turning point in their professional and personal lives; the experience is a unique chance to understand the intersection of public policy, disability advocacy, and the political process.

The fellowship will be awarded in late 2020 and will begin in or before the first quarter of the 2021 calendar year. Orientation will include participation in the course “Leadership for the 21st Century” at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ongoing mentorship will be provided by the Foundation and by a network of former Kennedy Fellows. The initial commitment will be for one year. In September 2021 the Foundation may consider extending the Fellowship for a second year.

About the Foundation

Since its’ founding in 1946, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, named in honor of Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. who died in action in World War II, has supported the creation of practical programs to benefit persons with intellectual disabilities, their families and their communities. The Foundation has always worked with national leaders who understand the promise and realities of government.


In cooperation with UNICEF, the Foundation is seeking a Fellow for one of the following possible placements:

  1. UNICEF Country Office, Montevideo, Uruguay (Fluency in English and Spanish required)
  2. UNICEF Country Office, Yaounde, Cameroon, (Fluency in English and French required)
  3. UNICEF Regional Office, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Amman, Jordan (Fluency in English required; proficiency in Arabic an asset)


The Fellowship includes a stipend and modest relocation expenses if necessary.


They seek applicants with distinguished involvement in efforts to improve the lives of persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the local, regional or national level, particularly in low-income settings.

Relevant experience would include:

  • Advocacy for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families;
  • Experience in including children with intellectual disabilities in education which is inclusive of all children;
  • Field experience in programme design in inclusive education, implementation and monitoring (desirable)
  • Master’s Degree or Equivalent in inclusive education

The expectation is that Fellows will become future leaders in the field of inclusive community supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After their Fellowship, it is anticipated
that former Kennedy International Public Policy Fellows will make significant contributions to policy and program development in their home country or internationally.


Applicants should:

  • Submit a letter of application between 2 to no more than 4 pages in length, single spaced in 12 point font with 1 inch margins, clearly showing the candidate’s name, address, telephone number(s), and e-mail address on the first page.
  • State which of the 3 placements they are applying for (applicants may be considered for more than 1 site.)
  • State their background and history in the field of services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, interests and accomplishments to date, as well as what they hope to do with the knowledge and experience gained from the fellowship.
  • Attach either a résumé detailing their work and educational experience or a summary of their involvement in the field
  • Submit three letters of support from people familiar with their work. Letters of support are encouraged via e-mail PDF file.
  • The sole method of application, letters and résumé submission is via e-mail attachment (i.e. not in the body of the e-mail) to [email protected]. Hard copies of the application will not be accepted.

Deadline is May 31, 2020, by 17:00 EDT.

For more information, visit JPKF Fellowship.