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2023 Disability Research Mentorship Program for Black Graduate Students

CQL created the Disability Research Mentorship Program for Black Graduate Students in recognition that academic/research job candidates are judged on their history of publications and presentations, yet, systemic racism impacts who gets funding and research opportunities in grad school. For this reason, CQL’s research Mentorship Program aims to provide Black students with opportunities to build up their CVs by co-writing with CQL a journal article about people with disabilities. Examples of the types of research CQL produces can be found here.

About the Mentorship Program

As part of this Mentorship Program, students will receive guidance from CQL’s Director of Research, Carli Friedman, PhD, about conducting research for publication and navigating the peer-review process. This includes refining conducting the analysis, structuring and writing the journal article, and responding to feedback from peer-reviewers. Our hope is that by the end of the Mentorship Program students will have an accepted/in-press journal article which they can add to their CV.

Time Commitment

Students have the option to participate in this Mentorship Program as a summer intensive during the summer of 2023, or over a longer period throughout the academic year. We will work with the selected students to create the best timeline and workload for them given their other responsibilities. Students are also encouraged to work with their graduate programs to earn independent study credit hours for their participation.


Students will be given a $1,500 stipend for their participation in this Mentorship Program.


Please direct questions to Carli Friedman.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this year’s mentorship student/s have been selected. We will begin reviewing applications mid-May 2023.

  • Applicants must be a Black graduate student in the United States studying disability. Black graduate students with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • A background in quantitative research or a history of peer-reviewed publications is not required as we will co-analyze and co-write the findings with you.
  • The application asks:
    • Contact information
    • Please tell us a little about what you are studying in grad school and what your academic interests are, including how they relate to people with disabilities.
    • What do you hope to do after you graduate?
    • CV/resume upload
    • Writing sample upload (optional)

We are no longer accepting applications. Thank you for your interest and please check back again next year!

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Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.