"What a great moment for me, my son, the world. What you have made possible for so many people defies all reason." LOWELL WEICKER, JR.
Former United States Senator
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Fellowship Program is a professional development opportunity for mid-career individuals interested in being front line leaders in work around the world to benefit people with intellectual disabilities.
Each year, a small number of highly motivated and accomplished applicants are selected as Fellows. Their work begins with more than two months of intensive training in the United States, including learning rotations at Special Olympics headquarters in Washington, DC, U.S. universities, and other locations on topics such as leadership, development, communications, government affairs and research. Their training also involves placement at Special Olympics US Programs ("Host Programs"), where they gain hands-on learning and working experience in the same areas, as well as competitions, events, volunteerism, etc.
Upon completion of the U.S. portion of the program, each Fellow implements a project at the Special Olympics Program in his/her country, typically taking six months or more to initiate. But though the project is carried out over a finite period, at the end of their Fellowships each and every participant is a committed to being a lifetime advocate for people with intellectual disabilities - and well-trained, well-educated ones at that.
The success of the program, and the remarkable accomplishments of the individual Fellows, serves as a powerful testament to our ability to create a cadre of professionals capable of leading Special Olympics Programs in developing nations, as well as foster a model of international collaborate and connectedness within the Special Olympics movement that powerfully and symbolically aligns our programs no matter how geographically distant. Currently the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Fellowship program will expand from 5 to 9 fellows per year, and is made possible with funding provided by the U.S. Department of State and individual donors.
If you are interested in more information on the EKS Fellows program or would like or would like to apply to be an EKS Fellow, please contact Dave Lenox, Vice President for Leadership Development and Education, email@example.com