The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Student Fellowship in Disability Policy

Lurie Institute Student Research Fellows and Mentors - 2024
2024 Lurie Fellows with Mentors. Clockwise from left: Logan Shanks, Miriam Heyman, Monika Mitra, Rachel Bindman, Isabella Doulas, Leilani Seguras, Elana Sorrano, Kim The, Amy AbuShanab, Nicole Lomerson, and Jennifer Lee-Rambharose

Applications for the 2024–25 cohort are now closed and will reopen for the upcoming cohort in early spring 2025

As society's understanding of disability policy develops, new research questions about the needs, experiences, and unmet needs of people with disabilities will arise. Tackling those questions requires new ways of conceptualizing disability as a social, political, cultural, and medical phenomenon. To develop the next generation of disability-policy scholars, the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy has created the Student Fellowship in Disability Policy. Established in 2019, the fellowship offers Brandeis University undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to develop research skills and expand their knowledge of disability policy through direct research training with established Lurie Institute investigators. As of spring 2024, we have trained nearly fourty fellows.

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Learn what our previous fellows had to say:

Shoshana Finkel, Starr Fellow

Shoshi Finkel, Lurie Fellow '19 & '19-'20

The fellowship really pushed me to want to apply to law school and work to improve American law and policy to better serve those with disabilities.
Julia Brown, Starr Fellow

Julia Brown, Lurie Fellow '19

I liked that I had a lot of autonomy over the research I was conducting. I was able to set goals and clearly communicate what skills I wanted to gain from the fellowship.

Jack Rubinstein, Lurie Fellow '19-'20

The fellowship reinvigorated my commitment to working in public health. It is the primary reason that I decided to apply to grad school.

Regina Tham, Lurie Fellow '19-'20

I enjoyed the meetings we would have together with all the fellows. I think it was nice to hear about what other folks were doing, check in with each other, and hear from guest speakers. I also appreciated this experience because I was able to get a real perspective on what research is like. I'm also grateful to have learned so much about disability policy and advocacy through the fellowship.