World Institute on Disability (WID) Global Heumann Fellowship Program

Applications are welcome for the 2024 World Institute on Disability (WID) Global Heumann Fellowship Program for disability leaders and advocates worldwide.

WID’s Global Heumann Fellowship Program will honor and grow Judy’s legacy by supporting disability leaders and advocates around the world to work on projects that promote disability rights and disability justice in their regional communities, as a bridge to an equitable, inclusive, and just world.

Fellows will be charged with conducting research, writing a white paper, building relationships, supporting opportunities for collaboration, and program development to drive WID’s mission and strategic focus areas, including accessibility and universal design, emergency preparedness, disaster risk reduction, climate resilience, global community inclusion, regional and global policy, and the overall power of activism.

Global Heumann Fellows are responsible for:

  • Promoting WID’s mission and core values within the Fellow’s region and global presence
  • Ensuring reflection of WID’s mission and core values throughout the application process, fellow’s program development, relevant work, and future action plans
  • Establishing and strengthening alliances to advance change with WID and for the fellow’s future professional development
  • Conducting relevant research that will promote applicable findings and build the power of people with disabilities
  • Creating a sustainable, research-based project plan to guide regional and global  implementation throughout and upon completion of the fellowship
  • Responsible for conducting comprehensive research that results in a WID-published white paper
  • Producing multi-media assets that demonstrate colleagues’ research findings and organization objectives.
  • Maintaining consistent communication and proactive interest in connections with mentors, WID staff, and others involved in the fellow’s research, projects, and responsibilities
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Starting Date: July 2024 to July 2025

Duration: 12 Months


  • PhD scholarship at Ghent University  (in total 24 months).
  • The Ghent University promoter receives a bench fee of € 310/per month of research in Ghent
  • € 8.000 travel budget to cover (part of) the operational costs, as well as part of the travelling costs of the student and both the Ghent University and the local promoter.


The Global Heumann Fellowship seeks disabled, visionary leaders with a demonstrated history in advocacy, communications, and influential collaboration. Must have the ability to be effective while working remotely and maintain flexibility working with a diverse, global team.

  • Have a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience within the disability rights movement
  • Have lived experience as a person with a disability
  • Experienced in advocacy on global disability rights issues Flexibility and capacity to work with limited supervision and adapt quickly to new or unexpected assignments
  • Commitment to excellence and to being a reliable, responsive, and accountable team member throughout the fellowship
  • English Proficiency- high level of comfort with the use of the English language in both spoken and written forms
  • Will commit  part-time (~ 20 hours/week) to the proposed research project and fellowship program throughout the fellowship year
  • Currently has  a professional career within the disability rights field upon completion of the Fellowship

Application Process

Interested applicants are to submit their application with the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Letters of Support or Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Research Project Proposal

To apply for Ghent World Institute on Disability (WID) Global Heumann Fellowship Program, click here

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Deadline: March 31, 2024.

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