Thank you for your interest in applying to the Project INSTRUCT grant focusing on preparing inclusive special educators and speech-language pathologists in grades K-12 to support students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and complex communication needs (CCN) in inclusive settings. The fourth cohort of Project INSTRUCT scholars will begin in Fall 2023.  

The following information details how you will apply for this federally funded fellowship. Please note, application to Project INSTRUCT grant is for funding only, if you have not been previously admitted to KU, you will also need to apply to the Department of Special Education or the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders.  

To be eligible for the Project INSTRUCT Fellowship, you must:

Admission to the program and funding for scholars is a highly competitive process.  

For full consideration of your application, you will be required to upload the following:

  1. A cover letter detailing:
    • Your career objectives focused on professional goals around improving outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and complex communication needs (CCN) in inclusive (natural) settings
    • Your skill and interest in interdisciplinary work between Special Education and Speech-Language-Hearing
    • Statement of leadership skills, activities, and goals
    • A description of your current and previous experiences teaching and working with individuals who have IDD and CCN, including your work in either rural or urban culturally diverse school settings
    • The reason for your interest in Project INSTRUCT, including your personal philosophy on inclusive education and the impact of inclusive experiences on quality of life and other outcomes for individuals with IDD and CCN
  2. Personal philosophy on inclusive education individuals with IDD and CCN
  3. A professional resume including name and contact information for all relevant positions.  Please do not use acronyms in your resume without definition.  
  4. A copy of your teaching license(s) if applying to SPED Program
    • ​​​If you do not have teaching licenses, you can upload a document that states (1) you have no previous license or (2) you are in process of obtaining a license, and indicate when it will be finished and from which university.
  5. Two or more letters of recommendations from schools, universities, or others that attest to your experience, potential, or interest in working effectively with individuals with IDD and CCN in inclusive settings

Please refer to the rubric while you are preparing your application: 

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