Doctoral Fellowships and Stipends Available through NLCSD 

Message from Kathleen Huebner

Opportunity of a Lifetime: Earn Your Doctorate With a Specialization in the Education of Students with a Sensory Impairment (Blind/Visually Impaired, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, or Deaf blindness) National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD) by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs is accepting applications for full time doctoral study tuition and stipends for four years. The consortium consists of 25 universities with doctoral programs that have an emphasis in one or more of the three sensory impairment areas: blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, and deaf blindness. Approximately 18 Fellowships are available to US citizens/permanent residents who must first be accepted into a doctoral program.

The NLCSD Fellows will participate together in a structured added-value enrichment program in addition to their individual Universities’ Doctoral Programs of study in Special Education. The added-value NLCSD Research Based Conceptual Model will supplement the research curriculum provided at the NLCSD parent Universities. During the Fellows’ studies, there will be an ongoing, on-line asynchronous, Wiki and blackboard based research forums which will provide opportunities to critically examine research issues in the field, engage in discussion with faculty and researchers across the country, and engage collaboratively In designing, implementing and disseminating research.

The enrichment program will be designed by the NLCSD University Consortium with input from a Public Advisors Council (PAC) that includes national professional, consumer and parent organizations representing the three sensory disability areas as well as other national professional organizations in higher education and special education. The enrichment program will include opportunities to participate in research and issue-based seminars through, interactive web technologies and resources, opportunities for externships, face-to-face meetings and national conferences. NLCSD will offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to pursue individual doctoral studies and be part of a larger collaborative community of learners.

For a complete listing of participating Universities and Programs within universities which are participating in the NLCSD, please go to the website Applicants must be accepted by a participating university program by the application due date of December 31, 2010.

Please make announcements to all those who may be interested in applying or re-applying for the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities Fellowships for study beginning in the fall of 2011. The NEW application requirements and forms can be found at under the first heading “Download and complete applications”. Completed applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2010. Applications postmarked after that date will not be considered. All other information can be found on the website
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Kathleen M. Huebner, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean
College of Education and Rehabilitation
Salus University (formerly PCO)
8360 Old York Road
Elkins Park , PA 19027