LEND fellows are graduate or postgraduate students, or community members selected for their outstanding skills and commitment to improving the quality of life for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.
In partnership with other academic departments, the LEND interdisciplinary collaboration will offer 6-10 graduate level students (masters or doctoral) opportunities as fellows.
There are many benefits to being a LEND fellow.
Pre Doctoral and Community Fellows are required to complete at least 320 hours, and Post Doctoral Fellows must complete 1,788 hours. Each LEND Fellow will have an individualized learning plan outlining their experience. This includes:
LEND AWARD STIPENDS:
LEND Fellowship award stipends typically range from $4000-$12,000, dependent upon the type of fellowship awarded.
- Post Doctoral Fellows receive the highest level of awards due to their level of expertise. 1.0 FTE awards Post Doc positions are rare. Most LEND Post Doctoral Fellows join LEND at the .50 or .25 FTE level, as they often also work within respective University Research Centers affiliated with MN LEND.
- Predoctoral Fellows are typically awarded $11,000, based upon their individual FAFSA funding limit. Predoctoral Fellows must be registered as full-time graduate students at the University of Minnesota.
- Community Fellows are typically awarded within a $4000-5000 range, dependent upon available funds in the annual budget. Community Fellows often are active family advocates, self-advocates, or community-based professional advocates.
"LEND taught me to always remember that although you may treat the individual for a short period of time, your treatment should look across the lifespan and think about how it may impact their future. I know these are values that I will strive to carry with me not only as I begin practicing as a Speech Language Pathologist but throughout my entire career."