Monday, January 9, 2012

Fellowship Opportunity for Master’s Degree in Comparative and International Disability Policy


The Nippon Foundation will provide full fellowships including tuition, books, required assistive technology and other support services, to a small group of individuals with disabilities to pursue graduate studies (Master’s level) in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) at American University's School of International Service through the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN region. The CIDP Master's program will be offered entirely online with the exception of a two-week residency before the start of each Fall semester. The inaugural 2011 residency was held at Mahidol University and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability from 18-29 July in Bangkok, Thailand.

Please note that from the pool of qualified applicants for The Nippon Foundation fellowship, preference will be given to applicants who are residents of an ASEAN country and have a documented disability.

The aim of the IDPP is to serve as a regional resource to both public and private sectors. The institute will develop a cadre of leaders who will work to foster public policies consistent with the overall vision of the ASEAN Socio-cultural Community: an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based region where people who are disabled are leaders in the determination of their own destinies.

The IDPP Fellowship Committee will recruit a small number of candidates who are 1) blind or visually impaired, 2) deaf or hard of hearing, and/or 3) mobility impaired, to serve as a human resource cadre to the IDPP and conduct research on disability and public policy in the ASEAN region. Preference for the fellowship will be given to applicants meeting the five criteria below:

  1. A talented and motivated individual from one of the ten ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) with demonstrated leadership experience and commitment to working with organizations of/for disabled persons or other marginalized individuals in their own country.
  2. A commitment to achieving positive change for disabled persons through the development of proactive public policies within the ASEAN region. 
  3. Information and communication technology skills to communicate through distance education and schooling.
  4. A commitment to cooperate with the IDPP to grow an alumni network after completing the CIDP Master’s degree.
  5. A person with the academic requirements and experiential background to meet the entrance requirements of the CIDP Master’s degree program. More information about the requirements for this program can be found on the Admissions page.


Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2012 admission. Click here to apply now.
Application deadline (to be eligible for SIS graduate merit awards): 15 January 2012
We will continue to accept and evaluate applications until the 2012 cohort has been selected.Please contact with questions or concerns regarding this deadline.
Admission to the Master's of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP)degree program through American University's School of International Service is open to all students who meet the criteria listed below. Preference for the Nippon Foundation Fellowships is given to those applicants who are residents of an ASEAN country and living with one of the eligible disabilities (see fellowship link). Once completed applications are received, they will be comprehensively and carefully reviewed. Applications are only accepted for Fall admission.

Application Requirements:
MA in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) Program:

To be considered for admission, all applicants must:
  • Possess a bachelors degree from an accredited institution prior to the start of Fall academic courses.
  • Submit a completed online application.
  • Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) online:
    Your CV should list all significant academic, professional and personal achievements. Please provide all relevant details regarding your work experience, including the name of the organization, your duties and the duration of your appointment.
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation using the online form:
    One of the two (2) letters must be from an academic source, preferably a faculty member with knowledge of your academic background. Letters from family or friends are not acceptable recommendations. The letters will be submitted electronically via the online application.

  • Submit a Statement of Purpose online:
    An essay stating your academic and career goals and statement of how the CIDP program specifically fits into your academic and/or career plans. Please provide information about how your life experiences have prepared your for a 
    Master's in Comparative and International Disability and Policy, and why you will be a good candidate for the program. Limit the essay to 1000-1500 words.
  • Submit an Addendum Essay online:Please use this supplementary essay to discuss any personal or professional challenge(s) you have encountered. Limit essay to 500 words or less. If relevant, please also describe your preferred or required communication tools, technologies and/or techniques. Applicants to The Nippon Foundation Fellowship must explain their interest in the CIDP Master's program and relevant experience in the addendum essay.
  • Submit official transcripts by mail:Submit official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended. Transcripts must list all courses taken, grades received, degree(s) conferred and degree conferral date(s). Transcripts should be sealed and accompanied with translation if not in English. Grade translations into the U.S. grading system are not necessary. Original transcripts and translation (if applicable) should be mailed directly from issuing institution to:
American University, School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071
  • Submit proof of satisfactory English proficiency:
For further inquiries, please contact

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