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The Center for Studying Disability Policy is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration as part of its Disability Research Consortium.

For materials from the October research meeting and webinar highlighting DRC research findings and their implications, click here.


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Disability Research Consortium

A cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration


Eligibility and application

The Summer Experiential Learning Fellowship program is an opportunity for graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines to learn about the current state of the policy debate, pressing policy issues surrounding the employment of individuals with disabilities, and conducting high-quality research on these topics. This opportunity is funded by a cooperative agreement between Mathematica and the Social Security Administration (SSA) via its Disability Research Consortium.

During their experience in summer 2014, fellows will:

  • Select a policy research topic on which to conduct an independent research project, and receive mentoring and guidance from a Mathematica researcher;
  • Write a research report summarizing their research by the end of the program and verbally present their findings to Mathematica and SSA staff;
  • Participate with other summer fellows in a weekly discussion group on selected disability policy readings, facilitated by a Mathematica researcher;
  • Meet with Mathematica researchers and SSA research and policy staff to discuss their research and other policy topics;
  • Have the opportunity to attend policy and research forums on a range of topics at Mathematica and in the DC area.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 for their efforts over the 8-week fellowship period. We expect to award up to four fellowships for summer 2014.

Completed applications must be received by Friday, March 14 at midnight to be considered. Read more about eligibility criteria and the application process.

Read about the 2013 summer fellows and emerging investigator grantees and their research.