Our 10-week summer incubator program provides a diverse community to learn about inclusive design, adaptive fashion, & collaborative research with people with disabilities. From partnerships with corporations to educational institutions, a different theme is explored each year. Currently, we offer three types of fellowship engagements for the program.

About the Program

During the fellowship, fellows learn and create content for inclusive design. Together, teams are created to make a range of video hacks, accessibility tools, wearable solutions, and stylish technologies to advance inclusion.
Teams are given resources to carry out user studies with people with disabiltiies to co-fabricate and prototype ideas.
By the end of the program, each team shares design projects that receive feedback from prominent guest lecturers, mentors and judges from academia & industry through a final showcase to the public. See our 2020 showcase collaboation with MDA HERE

Fellowship Applications

Applications for 2020 are now closed. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates

We are highly selective of our application process and look for committed individuals who can work with a self-driven attitude in collaborative work. International applicants are also welcome to apply. Final selected Fellows will be offered a package covering digital expenses, fees, and material costs $1,000.

Applications are open for Summer 2020. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on April 24, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions
For 2021, we will select more fellows 12-21 to work across several projects and events throughout the year.

Current design, engineering and occupational therapy students, or recent graduates (up to 4 years post-graduation) are eligible. Following are specific eligibility requirements for each participant category:

Engineers: Experience with 3D modeling, sensors, Arduino/Raspberry Pi or other electronic prototyping boards, circuit design, front & back end web experience, fabrication and/or 3D CAD experience.

Designers: Product design, garment construction experience, wearable technology OR material science.

Occupational Therapists: each fellow needs to have robust list of clinical experience and volunteering. A desire or work that reflects the arts, design, or engineering are welcome such as skills in sketching, prototyping, building etc.

Communication Fellow: Graphic design, marketing

All fellows must have at least 1 year of work experience in their field and be able to commute to Manhattan, New York. Engineer and Design Fellows will be asked to share a portfolio with CV.

Next year’s program will run as a series of workshops fully online - for more information reach out to us in Feb 2021 at hello@openstylelab.org

Fellows will contribute to the growing body of research and collaboration synergy at OSL by creating tools, learning methods, and designs related to dressing challenges. All fellows will receive a research brief before June. Some research topics will look at:

  1. What design affordances provide people with disabilities to hack products and clothing that exist around them easier or create new ones?
  2. Instead of pre-scribing clothing to people with disabilities, how can teams support people with disabilities to be co-creators?
  3. How can learning tutorials or experience in hacking clothing be shared online?
100% online
Nope! However, if you are accepted to the program, there will be an application $100 fee to confirm your participation.