Grants, Awards & Fellowships

Apply Now! 2017 Inclusive Education Scholarship Program

The Inclusive Education Scholarship Program offers awards to individuals from China, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and selected countries in Africa and Latin America for an 18 month Master of Education degree.

The program’s objective is to provide education advocates and professionals with a foundation in the principles, values, and practices of inclusive education so that they will be equipped to lead reform of education policy and practice in their home countries.

With the knowledge and networks gained through the program, we expect that Fellows will deepen their understanding of all aspects of inclusion and play active roles in devising and implementing inclusive practices and policies.

Participating Institution

Fellows will study at Syracuse University’s School of Education, which demonstrates cutting-edge capacity for leadership in inclusive education, as well as legal education in disability rights.



The Program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.  Candidates with disabilities and those from marginalized communities are particularly encouraged to apply.  The competition is merit-based and open* to those meeting the following criteria:

  • be  a citizen and legal resident of China;  Czech Republic; Ukraine; Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe; Argentina, or Peru at the time of application;
  • have work experience in education with a demonstrated interest in advancing inclusive education;
  • have an excellent academic record with a bachelor’s degree in teaching, public administration/policy, anthropology, social work, psychology, or related field—degree must be awarded by application deadline;
  • have demonstrated leadership in the  field of education;
  • be proficient in spoken and written English and able to meet university-designated minimum scores on standardized language tests;
  • be able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in Summer 2017;
  • be able to begin the graduate program in August 2017;
  • be able to receive and maintain visa or study permit to the United States;
  • demonstrate a clear commitment to return to home country to contribute to advancing inclusive education in their national contexts.

Fellowship Terms

The fellowship provides:

  • tuition and mandatory university fees;
  • monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses;
  • program-related travel;
  • accident and health insurance during the program;
  • funds for educational materials and professional development;
  • all costs associated with pre-academic summer program and annual conference;
  • support for students with disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations necessary for participating in the program of study.

The fellowship does NOT provide funding for dependent family members.


Competition is merit based, and selection is made on the basis of academic excellence, professional aptitude, leadership potential, and proven commitment to work to advance inclusive education in the home country.  Selection proceeds as follows:

A note on references:

Referees you list in the application will be automatically contacted by e-mail when you submit your application with a system-generated request to serve as your reference.  Since the deadline to receive reference letters is December 9, 2016, we strongly suggest you contact  references in advance with your request.   Referees can send letters to us directly using the link in the email they will receive from Submittable when you submit your application.

Alternatively, reference forms can be downloaded here and emailed directly to the appropriate regional coordinator.

For more information, kindly visit Inclusive Education Scholarship Program

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