Educational Playcare Fellowship

IBACS is pleased to announce the creation of the Educational Playcare Fellowship.  This fellowship provides up to 20 weeks of free, full-time daycare to IBACS-affiliated students, to be used within the first year of their child’s life. The fellowship is intended to support students who become new parents during their graduate studies, and to facilitate their return to their studies/research.  Two fellowships will be available each year. The fellowship is made available through a generous gift from Educational Playcare.

Details:  Each fellowship is comprised of 10 weeks of free daycare provided by Educational Playcare, to be used at the Mansfield (downtown Storrs) location, and 10 weeks of free childcare services, supported with funds from IBACS, to be used at Educational Playcare or a daycare center of the student’s choosing (reimbursement capped at the rates charged by Educational Playcare). 

Eligibility:  Any IBACS-affiliated student can apply who is registered as a graduate student on a program of study leading to a doctoral degree.  Preference will be given to those who have been affiliated with IBACS for 1 year or more.  The infant must begin using the fellowship benefits before their first birthday.

To apply:  Please print out, complete, and submit the application form and up to 1-page of description of need to Stormy Chamberlain (  Applications may be submitted prior to the birth of the child to aid in planning for daycare needs. A decision will generally be made within 1 month of receipt of the application.

Awardees will be chosen by a committee based on meeting eligibility requirements and need.  Evidence of need may include, but is not limited to, financial circumstances, lack of available family members to help, partner/spouse occupation, or other circumstances that indicate need for assistance with child care. Decisions on award are final, and IBACS reserve the right not to make an award.

Questions about the fellowship or application/selection process can be directed to Stormy Chamberlain at or 860-679-4433.