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2016 Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship

Now Accepting Applications

The Gopen Fellowship is a one year, part-time work and learning opportunity for an individual with a developmental disability. It allows an individual to work on a self-designed project and learn about disability policy, services and advocacy. Massachusetts residents with developmental disabilities who have finished school are eligible to apply. The Gopen Fellow works primarily at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in Dorchester, and occasionally at the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) in Quincy.

The Gopen Fellow will:

The Fellowship will begin on July 5, 2016 and end on June 30, 2017. The annual stipend is $20,000, paid bi-weekly.

Applications are due on or before Thursday, April 28, 2016. Finalists will be interviewed in late May. To apply for the Fellowship, submit a written proposal, a resume, and 3 letters of reference. Refer to the attached instructions for more information about applying for the Fellowship.

Questions? Contact Liz Fancher, Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council by email at Liz.fancher@state.ma.us or phone at 617.770.7676 x105.


The Gopen Fellowship was established in 2001 to honor disability advocate Barbara Wilensky Gopen and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network Programs:

Application Instructions – 2016 Gopen Fellowship

The application consists of 3 parts. Applicants can seek support to complete their application. The content of the proposal should be in the applicant’s own words.

  1. A 2-5 page written proposal:

    1. Describe your background, including your personal disability experience. Why do you want to be the Gopen Fellow?
    2. Provide a summary of the proposed disability project you want to work on. The project should be an original idea and achievable within the one year time frame.

      1. Describe your project. What makes it unique? Why is it needed?

      2. Why did you choose this particular project?

      3. What is the goal of the one year project?

      4. What are the major activities you will do to accomplish the goal?

      5. Describe the final product. How will it be distributed? How will it benefit other people?

    3. What do you see yourself doing in the future, after the Fellowship is complete?

  2. Resume.

  3. Three Letters of Reference.

Send your application by mail or email to:

Liz Fancher
Email: liz.fancher@state.ma.us

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
100 Hancock St., Suite 201
Quincy, MA 02171

Phone: 617.770.7676 x105 (Monday-Thursday)

Deadline to Apply: Thursday April 28, 2016

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