Link: Ed Roberts Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Disability Issues


Subject: [AnthropologyDisabilityResearch] Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies, CALL FOR APPLICATIONS -- Due: February 15. 2006

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Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Institute of Urban and Regional Development
316 Wurster Hall #1870
University of California
Berkeley CA 94720-1870
Fax: 510-643-9576
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS -- Due: February 15. 2006
Professors Susan Schweik and Fred Collignon (Co-Directors)
Fellowship Period: September 2006- May 2007

We are pleased to announce open applications for our postdoctoral program funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (H133P020009). The goal of this program is to train postdoctoral and professional scholars, in any discipline, to be leaders in disability studies and rehabilitation research and mentorship. Based at the University of California, Berkeley, a San Francisco Bay Area Consortium of universities, research institutes, and disability agencies will recruit people with advanced professional degrees who want to broaden their theoretical outlook and their disability research methodological skills.

We will fund three full-time, nine-month, residential Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellowships a year. The Stipend is $30,000, paid monthly. Fellows must have health insurance or purchase it from the university.

(1) Postdoctoral Seminar: In addition to a bi-monthly San Francisco Bay-area-wide Colloquium, Fellows will attend a structured, weekly seminar in which each Fellow will present at least twice. This required weekly seminar is the heart of the fellowship.
(2) Classroom Training: Fellows will also attend at least one class, either in the fall or spring semester, chosen from among the offerings of the Consortium partners. Each Fellow will also have the opportunity to take part in teaching at Berkeley by delivering guest lectures and participating in other special events in the DiSC curriculum.
(3) Individual Fellowship Plans: Fellows will develop and follow an Individual Fellowship Plan composed of any of the following and other activities.
Independent Research: All Fellows will conduct their own research project, appropriate to their discipline, with an emphasis on using new methodological skills and disability studies theory. We will assist Fellows in identifying funding to pursue disability studies and rehabilitation research and publication opportunities after the conclusion of the Fellowship.
Research Mentorship: Fellows may work closely with a faculty Mentor, and each Fellow may also participate as a Mentor for an undergraduate or graduate disability studies student Mentee.
Research Internship: Fellows may choose to complete a structured or unstructured internship with one of a group of agencies forming the Ed Roberts Campusor other local organizations focused on disability or related issues. Fellows may work directly with staff on ongoing agency projects or on their own research.

Eligibility: All requirements for a Ph.D., MD, JD, or equivalent degree complete by the time of application. There are no restrictions on discipline, age, or citizenship. We have a strong preference for people who are within 5 years of their degree.
Review Schedule: Please notify us by email as soon as possible that you intend to apply and then submit a full application in hard copy and by email on or before February 15, 2006.

Application Structure
(1) Cover Letter: Prepare a letter with your full contact information including where we can reach you for a possible interview.
(2) Curriculum Vitae: Current please.
(3) References: Include names and full contact information for 2 references including their email and where and how we can reach them by telephone in February-March 2006.
(4) A Written Fellowship Plan: Not more than 10 pages double-spaced. The Plan should address the components of the Fellows planned activities for 9 months.
Seminar and Classes: As appropriate, briefly please include what you would contribute and what you hope to gain from our weekly Postdoctoral Seminar. We suggest you browse the Berkeley class schedules and think about what types of classes you would like to attend. Think about the knowledge and skills you would like to develop and explore any possible fit with existing UCB faculty. We also encourage applicants to initiate contact with appropriate faculty or community organizations during the application process. Contact our Academic Coordinator for more information or assistance (
Independent Research: This section is the majority of the Plan. Describe in detail your independent research project including your problem, thesis, or theoretical statement, research methods, analytical methods, and other details appropriate to your discipline. Will this work involve local disability groups or require any particular research setting?
Dissemination: Describe your publication or other product plan including articles, books, presentations, production projects, or other dissemination products appropriate to your disciple and research goals.
(5) Writing Sample: An article length sample of your best work. Choose something that demonstrates your theoretical, methodological, and/or analytical approach.

Please be as specific as possible and emphasize your Independent Research. We encourage you to look at the Ed Roberts and Disability Studies at CAL, the University of California, Berkeley, and other Bay Area schoolsand disability related organizationswebsites. We are happy to correspond with you by email ( about these issues prior to your application submission.

Please submit all materials in hard copy by mail and in electronic format on a disk by mail or by email attachment to Devva Kasnitz at and
Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellowship
IURD, 316 Wurster Hall #1870
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley CA 94720-1870

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