Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort are closed.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a trainee position, please contact your LEND discipline coordinator. The application form should be completed following your discussion with the discipline coordinator regarding your qualifications, interests, and goals. Priority is given to graduate students in the 15 represented disciplines; however, recent graduates working in the field may apply. There is no cost to apply or participate in IL LEND.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are closed. Application cycle for 2020-2021 will open in November of 2019.

Application Steps

  1. Contact the LEND discipline coordinator representing your discipline regarding qualifications, interests, and goals for LEND.

  2. Download and complete the appropriate application form

  3. Submit completed application packet to the LEND discipline coordinator representing your discipline.

  4. Eligible applicants will be requested to interview with one or more members of the traineeship review committee.


Our Disciplines

  1. Applied Behavior Analysis
  2. Disability Studies
  3. Family
  4. Nursing
  5. Nutrition
  6. Occupational Therapy
  7. Pediatrics
  8. Physical Therapy
  9. Psychology
  10. Psychiatry
  11. Public Health
  12. Self-Advocacy
  13. Social Work
  14. Special Education
  15. Speech Language

Family Application

For parents and siblings of individuals with disabilities 

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Graduate Application 

For graduate students completing a Master's or PhD program 

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For individuals with strong self-advocacy skills

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