Share This Post

2024 Disability Research Mentorship Program for Black Graduate Students

CQL created the Disability Research Mentorship Program for Black Graduate Students in 2020 in recognition that academic/research job candidates are judged on their history of publications and presentations, yet, anti-Black racism impacts who gets research and other 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 and publishing a journal article about disabled people with CQL. While the focus of the article will depend on what data we have available, examples of the types of research CQL produces can be found here.

About the Mentorship Program

During this Mentorship Program, students will work with CQL’s Director of Research, Carli Friedman, PhD. She will provide the students information about writing for publication and navigating the peer-review process, including structuring and writing the journal article, and responding to feedback from peer-reviewers. The aim is for students to end the Mentorship Program not only knowing how to write for publication but also to have an accepted/in-press/submitted journal article for their CV.

Time Commitment

We will work with the selected student to create the best timeline and workload for them given their other responsibilities but anticipate the program taking about a year. Students have the option to participate in this Mentorship Program as more of a summer intensive, or over a longer period throughout the academic year depending on what works best for them. Students are also encouraged to work with their graduate programs to earn independent study credit hours for their participation as well.


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


Please direct all questions to Carli Friedman, CQL’s Director of Research.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this year’s mentorship student has been selected. We will begin reviewing applications mid-May 2024.

  • Applicants must be a Black graduate student in the United States studying disability. Black disabled graduate students are especially encouraged to apply.
  • A background in quantitative/qualitative research or a history of peer-reviewed publications is not required as we will co-write the findings with you.
  • The application asks:
    • Contact information
    • Please tell us how you define disability.
    • What area/s of quality of life most interest you and why?
    • In a paragraph or more, please tell us what you are studying in grad school and what your academic interests are (e.g., what you plan to study, what you hope do your dissertation/thesis/capstone/qualifying project on), including how this relates to disabled people.
    • In a paragraph or more, what do you hope to do after you graduate? How will this relate disabled people and their quality of life?
    • CV/resume upload
    • Writing sample upload (optional)

# # #

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.