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Our fellowship program provides financial support, exposure to global discourse and developments in the policy landscape, and mentoring to people with disabilities from low- and middle-income countries who are actively working on issues of inclusive policy or policy research in support of the rights of people with disabilities as put forth in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We believe that successful advocacy and policy change hinge on the ability to gather and analyze all types of data – quantitative, qualitative, legislative, financial – to provide a strong evidence base for policy change and that it is of fundamental importance that people of disabilities from low and middle income countries be at the center of these efforts.

The official language of the program is English.


  • Mentorship to develop the fellow’s work plan and achieve their deliverables
  • Sponsorship for a week-long training on social protection policies or a similar training program
  • A fellowship grant of US$ 900 / month  to help cover the time they spend on their projects.
  • Involvement of fellows in the projects of CIP as per their interests and expertise. This will enrich the fellows experience and will offer exposure to a global perspective.
    • Additional time can be compensated based on the terms of the contract or grant under which it is carried out.
  • Involvement of fellows in CIP meetings where fellows will have the opportunity to learn from other members of the organization and different country contexts.
    • Check out the kind of projects our past and current fellows have been involved with below.


Fellowships are given to persons with disabilities in the early or mid-stages of their career who have already begun working in the area of inclusive policy, not only as advocates, but as policy analysts and/or researchers, or for people wanting to transition to work that involves

  • knowledge building,
  • policy harmonization,
  • social accountability and 
  • similar work that adds value to the advocacy efforts that are in place in their country context


The call for applications runs from May 1 through June 1, with fellowship starting on July 1 and going for a full year.


Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter that describes the kind of work you are doing (or plan to do) and the issues that would be the focus of your fellowship along with contact information for two references to office@inclusive-policy.org .

Please note that currently this fellowship is open for only people with disabilities  from low and middle income countries (as categorized by the World Bank).

Short listed candidates will have to pass through an  online interview. Reasonable accommodations based on the request from the candidate will be provided during the interview and through the fellowship period.

  • Submit CV and Cover letter

  • Verification and selection

  • Online interview of short listed candidates

  • Start of fellowship

our fellows

Meet our fellows

Current Fellows

Esma Gumberidze

2021-2022 Fellow

During her fellowship program, Esma is working on mapping of social protection system and evaluation of the inclusivity of the system. She is doing the comparative analysis of information obtained in Georgia to those on international practice regarding allocations. She is also supporting CIP work on cost of disability.

Imed Ouertani

2020-2021 Fellow

During his fellowship, Imed provides trainings, support and mentoring to several groups, including persons with disabilities, in their advocacy actions in different regions of the world such as Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In addition, he was one of the co-facilitator of the first Bridge CRPD-SDGs article 11 provided by IDA and IDDC.

Alimata Abdul Karimu

2021-2022 Fellow

During her fellowship Alimata is working on reviewing the 3% District Assembly Common Fund allocated by the Government of Ghana for the use of persons with disabilities in order to reduce poverty among them. The aim is to evaluate the impact of the Fund in the lives of persons with disabilities as well as to gather information on the extra cost of disability and the types of support people need.

Past fellows

Don’t just take our word for it!

“I was involved in documenting and understanding the social protection programs for persons with disabilities globally. 

As a part of the program I could support different DPOs in India in conceptualising and finalising various reports and activities of the organisation.

Overall it was a rich learning experience for me personally….”

Meenakshi Balasubramanian

Fellow // 2019-2020

” I participated in the discussion exploring the concept of standards for advisory services to ensure disability inclusion and accountability.

CIP supported me in developing the policy paper on disability support allowance which is now a proposed law in the Congress.

I facilitated the partnership of CIP with Persons with Disability Affairs Office of Batangas Province to implement the pilot Disability Data Management System which lead to additional support from UNPRD-ILO-UNICEF and UNESCAP.”

Abner Manlapaz

Fellow // 2019-2020

“ I participated in and undertook different activities like supporting the writing of a policy paper on support services, doing desk research and interviews on challenges in DPO participation, developing the content for an online on accessibility; being a regional researcher for research commissioned by WHO on the impact of COVID19 on support services. I also got an opportunity to participate at the Social Protection Week 2019 organised by the Asian Development Bank and attended a workshop on “Strengthening advocacy for social protection reforms that promote inclusion of persons with disabilities exchange and learning week.”

Shivani gupta

Fellow // 2019-2020


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