Additional funding opportunities for ADSSE students

The Applied Developmental Sciences and Special Education concentration/strand has collaborated with other units at the University of North Carolina to secure funding to support some ADSSE doctoral students. Funding is available through School of Education teaching and research assistantships, through NC-LEND Fellowships, and through U.S. Office of Education Leadership Grants for students focused on Special Education.

LEND Fellowships

Students joining the ADSSE concentration/strand may apply for fellowships through the North Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NC-LEND) program at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. The purpose of the fellowships is to support the preparation of trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields by ensuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence with the goal of improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. The LEND program is federally funded through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal Child Health Bureau.

For more information about the NC-LEND, contact the NC-LEND Training Director, Jean Mankowski, at, or visit

Doctoral Training Consortia in Early Childhood Intervention for Infants and Young Children with High-Intensity Needs Because of Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Funding available for full-time doctoral students including in-state tuition, a $19,000 stipend and health insurance.

In addition, all students enrolled in the consortia will participate in:

  • monthly webinars,
  • summer intensive seminars,
  • advanced training in research methodologies
  • and opportunities in advocacy, public policy and teaching.

Opportunities are available in Early Childhood Education, Occupational Science, Social Work or Speech and Language Pathology.

How to Apply

For further information, contact Harriet Able at