Since its early years of existence, IDA has been supporting disability activists to engage in advocacy and develop their skills and experience, including through accessing exposure to international human rights monitoring and advocacy work. Over the years, fellowships have developed and have proven to be essential to the overall development of the capacities of the disability rights movement and disability activists.

IDA fellowships provide a unique combination of opportunities to learn, be exposed to a different policy, advocacy and monitoring processes, and to contribute directly to initiatives aimed at advancing the rights of persons with disabilities.

Fellowships are meant to be mutually beneficial to the fellow and the hosting team/ organisation: they are key steps in individual trajectories of disability activists and have proven to bring a welcome contribution to IDA and IDA members’ work.

Please find below examples of IDA members' fellowships supported through the Disability Catalyst Programme funded by DFID (2017-2020).