Eligible Applicants: Only individuals are eligible to apply for Switzer Fellowship grants. Eligible individuals must: (1) Satisfy the requirements of 45 CFR part 75 and (2) have training and experience that indicate a potential for engaging in scientific research related to improving the outcomes of individuals with disabilities. The program provides two categories of research fellowships: Merit Fellowships and Distinguished Fellowships. (a) To be eligible for a Merit Fellowship, an individual must be in the earlier stages of his or her career in research and have either advanced professional training or experience in independent study in an area which is directly pertinent to disability and rehabilitation. (b) To be eligible for a Distinguished Fellowship, an individual must have seven or more years of research experience in subject areas, methods, or techniques relevant to research on rehabilitation, independent living and other experiences and outcomes of individuals with disabilities, and must have a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications. Note: Institutions are not eligible to be recipients of Switzer research fellowships. Applicants must submit an eligibility statement describing how they meet the requirements for one of the two eligibility classifications allowed under this program. No entities are eligible for this award, only individuals are eligible to apply. If you are a non-USA citizen, you must provide documentation that you are eligible to receive research funding directly from an agency of the United States government.
No entities are eligible for this award, only individuals are eligible to apply. If you are a non-USA citizen, you must provide documentation that you are eligible to receive research funding directly from an agency of the United States government.
The purpose of the Switzer Research Fellowships Program is to build research capacity by providing support to highly qualified individuals, including those with disabilities, to conduct high quality research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Fellows must conduct original research in an area authorized by section 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Section 204 authorizes research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, the purposes of which are to develop knowledge methods, procedures, or rehabilitation technology that maximizes the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Act.
For Switzer Research Fellowships, NIDILRR wishes to receive applications from qualified individuals, including those with disabilities, whose areas of interest fall within the scope of NIDILRR’s research agenda across the primary outcomes domains of community living and participation, health and function, and employment.
Note: Applicants should consult NIDILRR's Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 (the Plan) when preparing their applications. The Plan identifies three major outcome domains: community living and participation, health and function, and employment. Applicants should specify in their abstract and project narrative which of these three outcome domains is the focus of their proposed project. Although applicants may propose projects that address more than one domain, they should specify the primary domain addressed in their proposed project.