The RDI Fellowship Programme was created to empower patient advocates by offering a platform for networking opportunities, access to information and sharing experiences at international level.
The programme covers:
In general, RDI will reimburse funds based on receipts of actual expenses incurred, within 30 days.
The Fellowship Programme is primarily focused on supporting patient engagement in international fora where RDI is active or there is strategic interest on the part of RDI to become active. The Fellowship Programme can also cover capacity building opportunities.
Individuals can respond to a Call of Expression of Interest or be appointed by RDI’s Council. In both cases, they will have to fill out a Fellowship application, describing their profile (patient, parent, volunteer, staff, affiliation(s), country or region, background, experience, language skills and their motivation.
Fellows will be selected based on their advocacy skills and objectives, by an ad-hoc committee made up of RDI Director and one member of RDI Council appointed as the lead for that event. The selection criteria are defined in the “RDI Patient fellowship Evaluation Scale”
The Fellowship Programme will be visible on RDI website with a directory of former fellows that includes profile, country/region, affiliation, professional background, languages and type of event attended.
Selected patient fellows must be available to attend the entire conference and relevant satellite workshops (if applicable). They will be invited to send RDI a short report after the Conference with the take home messages of the Conference they attended and Evaluation of the Fellowship Programme with suggestions for improvement.
Fellows are encouraged to share their testimonies and analysis of their country’s situation with respect to the theme(s) of the Conference (ie. access to information, treatment, care and services, registries, plans and policies)
Fellows accept to have their information added to the RDI Fellowhip Directory on RDI’s website.
For more information on how companies can support the RDI Fellowship Programme, contact Jill Bonjean, Corporate Relations Advisor.
A list of companies currently supporting the RDI Fellowship Programme can be found here.