Scholarships and Programs

Scholarships and Programs

There are a number of ways students and faculty members can get involved with us. BBI offers select faculty members an opportunity to be directly involved in policy development, research, and analysis on a range of issues, including education, civil rights, technology, health care, housing, and employment.

An important part of our interdisciplinary approach is also educating the next generation of leaders. More than 100 students have made meaningful contributions to BBI, and have gained invaluable experience along the way. BBI offers internship and research assistant opportunities at its Syracuse and Washington, D.C. offices.

Fellowships

BBI provides stipends for Syracuse University faculty selected from different colleges and nominated by their respective deans to be Burton Blatt Fellows. The BBI Fellows program is for faculty participants to gain firsthand experience with the interdisciplinary study and application of disability law and policy. Fellows participate in seminars, writing opportunities, research grants, and other activities with University Professor and Chairman Peter Blanck. Read More

Internship and Research Assistant Opportunities

Research Assistantship - Syracuse office

BBI employs a team of second and third year law students during the general academic year. These Law Research Assistants (Law RAs) work closely with BBI’s legal research team in examining the latest developments in disability law and policy, and extensively writing on these developments for a variety of BBI projects and target audiences. The RAs also work with diverse BBI social scientists to gather relevant research that informs grant proposals and deliverables.

Law RAs receive regular guidance for improving their legal research and writing skills, and have gone on to work in private practice, public interest law, and law and policy research. During the summer, BBI typically employs two or three Law RAs for more time intense work weeks.

The Law RA program is directed by William Myhill and Kelly Bunch.

Who was Burton Blatt?

Burton Blatt (1927-1985) was a pioneer in humanizing services for people with developmental disabilities
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BBI Leadership Team

  • Photo of Peter Blanck

    Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D.

    University Professor, BBI Chairman
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  • Photo of Michael Morris

    Michael Morris, J.D.

    Executive Director
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