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Disability & Employment Research Fellowship

The two-year Disability & Employment Research Fellowship, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, is designed to develop and train a cadre of scientists capable of leading high-quality studies that will enhance employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The fellowship provides MDs and PhDs with:

  • Mentoring, protected research time, annual stipend and benefits
  • Tuition to for course work in health services and outcomes research, original research, grant writing and scientific publishing
  • Professional development opportunities, including funds for conference travel

This project utilizes the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) as its clinical site. The AbilityLab has been names 29 consecutive years as the outstanding rehabilitation hospital in the country. It sponsors the largest education and training center of any rehabilitation facility in the nation.

How to Apply

We welcome emails and phone calls from prospective applicants. We encourage applications from women, minorities and candidates with disabilities who require accommodations. For more information, please email


Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.