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Youth Transitions Fellowship

The Youth Transitions Fellowship provides a young person with a disability the opportunity to gain professional experience with programs serving young people with disabilities and facilitate collaborations among internship, fellowship, and apprenticeship programs based in the Greater Washington, DC area.

This fellowship is ideal for a person with a disability who has an interest in youth transitions, career development and employment solutions.

The selected fellow will participate in a 15-month paid position at the National Council on Independent Living, a partner of The HSC Foundation. The fellowship starts each June and continues for a full year. Read about past Fellowship awardees.

Important Dates

Specific dates will be posted by March 2016.

  • Applications Open – March 22, 2016
  • Application Deadline – April 26, 2016
  • Notification – May 20, 2016
  • Begin Fellowship – June 15, 2016

Apply Now

Complete our online application. You may save your application and return to it later.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to facilitate meetings with large groups and encourage collaborations
  • Ability to work with people in all levels of an organization, including young people with a variety of disabilities
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Creative and innovative personality
  • Familiarity with technology and social networking tools
  • Strong interest in helping youth with disabilities transition to adulthood and the world of work.


  • Must be a graduate of a 4-year college.
  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 26 years of age.
  • Please Note: This fellowship is specifically for people with disabilities. Anyone who self-identifies as a person with any type of disability is invited to apply. You will not be required to disclose your specific disability; however, your application for this program will signify that you consider yourself to be a person with a disability.

How to Apply

You will be asked to provide us with the following:

  • Your resume (in Microsoft Word format).
  • Contact information for four (4) references who are familiar with your qualifications relevant to this fellowship and your personal character.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from two (2) of the above-mentioned references (in Microsoft Word format).

Fellowship Awardees


Keri Gray

As the 2015–2016 Youth Transitions Fellow, Keri is excited to work with a team of advocates in the National Council on Independent Living’s office to help empower youth with disabilities and to encourage strong collaborations with area youth-serving organizations. Read more about Keri Gray »


Allie Cannington

Allie worked to facilitate collaboration among internship, fellowship and apprenticeship programs for people with disabilities in the Washington, DC area. Read more about Allie Cannington »