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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

2017-18 LEND Fellowship Application

The 2017-18 LEND Fellowship applications will be accepted in two recruitment windows:

  • For General Admission:
    Applications must be received between February 1, 2017 and March 15, 2017 (12 noon).

Introduction

The MNLEND program accepts Fellows from a variety of different professional and academic and experiential backgrounds. MNLEND offers three different types of Fellowships: Predoctoral, Post Doctoral, and Community Fellows. MNLEND accepts Fellows from a variety of different academic and community-based disciplines including: Social Work, Public Health, Special Education, School Psychology, Psychology, Neuropsychology, Nutrition, Genetic Counseling, Pediatrics, Pediatric Nursing Practitioner, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, Dentistry, and other closely related fields, such as Community Advocacy, Family Advocacy and Self-advocacy.

Applicants for the MNLEND program must be US citizens or documented US permanent residents who can supply proof of residency.

Applications for the MNLEND program are accepted online only. Recommendation letters should be emailed (in PDF format) directly from the recommenders to the MNLEND Program Coordinator, Rebecca Dosch Brown, at dosch018@umn.edu, by the preferred cycle’s deadline.

Equal Opportunity Statement: The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Applicants from diverse and under-represented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Questions regarding LEND applications, including questions about alternative and accessible application formats, please contact Rebecca Dosch Brown at dosch018@umn.edu.

What type of Fellowship Should You Consider?

Post Doctoral Fellowship- Post Doctoral Fellowships are for applicants who have completed their doctoral degree. The MN LEND post-doctoral position is considered a full time research and/or clinical position. Part-time post doc fellowships are also possible in collaboration with applicants’ respective University of Minnesota departments.

Pre Doctoral Fellowship- Pre Doctoral Fellowships are for University of Minnesota-enrolled graduate students in the process of completing their Masters or Doctoral degrees in one of the disciplines of LEND Faculty. Consideration of an outside discipline is also possible, if related to the MNLEND training mission. Pre doctoral Fellows would be expected to contribute a total of 320 hours in the academic year in LEND-related training.

Community Fellowship- Community Fellowships are for self-advocates, family members, or professionals who have an interest in disability and are engaged in their community. Community fellows have unique life experiences which could require additional accommodation for their participation in the MNLEND program; thus, LEND faculty will assist in designing a program that is suitable to each Community Fellow’s goals and situation. Community Fellows would be expected to contribute a total of 320 hours in the academic year in LEND-related training.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Weekly LEND seminars
  • Disability Policy and Services course (OLPD 5356) which is part of Disability Policy and Services certificatePDF document from the Institute on Community Integration.
  • Clinic rotation at the University of Minnesota’s Autism clinic and other Interdisciplinary clinics.
  • Families as Teachers in-home experience
  • Development of a professional online portfolio
  • Online training modules related to HIPAA and Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Team building activities and special events
  • An individualized policy, clinical, community organizing and/or research practicum under the mentorship of LEND faculty

For the MNLEND Application, you will need to:

  1. Update your résumé or CV to upload in PDF format into the application system
  2. Locate two references who can attest to your professional and/or academic abilities and readiness for leadership training in MNLEND. Both will need to submit letters in PDF format by the preferred application cycle deadline (either Nov 15, 2016 or Mar 15, 2017) by their own email account to Rebecca Dosch Brown, dosch018@umn.edu.
  3. Draft a 5-page double-spaced Letter of Intent (11-12 font size; 1 inch margins) to be uploaded in PDF format. Your letter must address these points succinctlyPDF document.
  4. FOR PRE DOC AND POST DOC APPLICANTS ONLY: Obtain University transcript copies and upload them into the application system as one single PDF format, with most recent first.

The 2017-18 LEND Fellowship applications will be accepted in two recruitment windows:

  • For General Admission:
    Applications must be received between February 1, 2017 and March 15, 2017 (12 noon).