Remembering Judy Heumann
WID continues to celebrate the life and legacy of our late co-founder Judy Heumann, who passed away on March 4, 2023. In 1983, Judy co-founded the World Institute on Disability along with activists Ed Roberts and Joan Leon and set forth to eliminate the barriers to access and inclusion for people with disabilities.
Judy was a tireless advocate for disability rights and worked to promote accessibility, inclusive education, independent living, transportation, employment and other essential elements for accessible, equitable and inclusive community living. We are honored to continue Judy’s legacy by continuing her commitment to the future of disability rights and disability justice in regions around the world.
“Judy was a force to be reckoned with. Anyone who has had the good fortune to be around her knows she was a no-nonsense, strong, powerful force for change. Judy was an amazing mentor to young people, she was incredibly supportive of those of us who are trying to make change together.”
- Marcie Roth, WID Executive Director and CEO
Fellow Application and Timeline
The first Global Heumann Fellowship term will take place from July 2024 to July 2025. The application will be open from November 7, 2023 through March 31, 2024.
- The period of application/candidate review will take place from April 1, 2024, through April 30, 2024.
- All applicants will be notified by email of their advancement or of their non-selection in May 2024. Finalists will be scheduled for a virtual interview (using Zoom) in May 2024.
- Fellows will be notified of their acceptance on or by June 7, 2024.
How to Apply to be a Fellow
The application is linked below and will ask for information about demographics, current organizational affiliations, personal motivation, and the scope of the applicant's proposed research project. The details of the written components that will be requested are outlined below. Please be sure to collect these materials in advance. However, the application can be saved and returned to, if necessary.
Applications will be accepted online only and are due no later than March 31, 2024 11:59 PM Pacific Time (23:59:00 PT) (UTC-8:00).
Please ensure that you read and understand all directions for each question. We ask that all answers and materials are submitted in English.
- Resume/CV: You will be able to upload your Resume/CV as a document. The accepted file types are: doc/docx or pdf, with a max file size of 500 KB.
- Letters of Support or Recommendation: You will be able to list the names of your references, your relationship with them, and then provide up to three letters of support/recommendation. Please ensure that at least two of the letters are professional recommendations. Providing letters of support or recommendations is optional; however, we highly encourage submitting these additional letters to your application package.
There are two ways you can submit your letters of support or recommendation after you complete the application:
- Documents can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Letters of Recommendation for (your name)” by either yourself or your referees. We will confirm receipt by email.
- Personal Statement: A written statement needs to be prepared, answering the prompt below. There will be an open text box with a 3,000-character limit (excluding spaces), where you will be able to copy and paste your personal statement.
Prompt: Judy Heumann was a disability rights pioneer, incredible leader, and activist fighting for the rights and opportunities of over one billion disabled people around the world. In Judy's book, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, Judy famously says that "Change never happens at the pace we think it should."
Please have a personal statement prepared, describing what this quote might mean to you personally, and discussing why you would like to be a Global Heumann Fellow, your suitability for this fellowship, and what your personal goals are.
- Research Project Proposal: Fellows will be tasked with conducting relevant research that will promote applicable findings to advance the disability rights and justice field and/or further empower people with disabilities. Applicants will need to complete questions and provide written responses regarding the following:
- the research project topic or concept(s) you hope to explore,
- what learning objectives do you hope to accomplish,
- what impact do you believe your research will have, and
- what support do you hope to receive from WID and our partners
You first need to choose a focus area:
- Accessibility and Universal Design Solutions
- Emergency Planning, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Justice
- Global Community Inclusion
- Other relevant focus area of your choosing
You will then need to prepare the following to copy and paste into open text boxes:
- Up to three learning objectives (one to two sentences each)
- An executive summary of your research proposal (4,000-character limit)
Once you have the above-written materials/documents prepared, please follow the application through this link: Fellowship Application. You will then be able to submit your written materials/documents as well as fill out the remaining application questions.