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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Medical Students for Autism Research Activities

Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowships


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/08/23
Deadline: 12/08/23 5:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows for research projects related to autism. The program is intended to support training in a broad range of clinical and basic research areas that are closely related to the study of autism.

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. The proposed training should be scientifically linked to autism but may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research.

The Autism Science Foundation will consider all areas of related basic and clinical research, including but not limited to human behavior and co-occurring medical conditions across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills & planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders); neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging); pharmacology; studies that address disparities in access, care and research; improving research in underserved communities; neuropathology; genetics and gene/environment interactions; epigenetics; immunology; molecular and cellular mechanisms; studies employing model organisms and systems; intervention research (behavioral, pharmacological or a combination of the two), and studies of treatment and service delivery.

ASF welcomes scientific research in all fields. However, they are especially interested in projects which address previously under-researched communities. These include profound autism, those with severe and challenging behaviors, and autism disparities in racial and ethnic minority groups or those with socioeconomic challenges.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants for Predoctoral Awards must be enrolled students in good standing in a program leading to a research doctorate, such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D., or a dual degree, such as an M.D./Ph.D., in an academic department at an accredited university or health/medical institution.
- Applicants for Postdoctoral Awards must have completed their doctoral or medical degree and have been accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in good standing in a program as of the award start date (July - September 2024).
- Applicants may apply at any point during their training. The fellow may work on a project that extends past the funding period; however, there must be specific goals and accomplishments stated as part of the fellowship. The selected awardee also must spend 80% of his/her professional time engaged exclusively in the autism research activities stipulated in the application for the duration of the award, and cannot simultaneously hold another named fellowship award during the support period.
- U.S. citizens enrolled in universities inside or outside of the United States are eligible to apply. Non-U.S. citizens enrolled in universities based inside or outside of the U.S. are also eligible to apply.

- The proposed mentor must hold a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment (or equivalent) at an accredited institution of higher education or health/medical/research institution, and must be an established and active investigator in some aspect of autism research. Each mentor may sponsor only one candidate (either one predoctoral candidate OR one postdoctoral candidate OR one post-undergraduate) per application round. Each candidate may select only one mentor.

- The candidate should also have an advisor in addition to the mentor. This is not mandatory, but highly suggested. The advisor may provide expertise or opportunities outside the mentor’s specific field, and may be at a different university or other organization. We recommend that the faculty member with more autism experience serve as the mentor. The advisor’s name should be included on the title page, and his/her role in the training of the fellow should be explicitly stated in the training plan. The CV for the advisor should be included in the application.

This award cannot be used to cover tuition payments. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs. The amount will be paid in US dollars

Pre-Proposal Conference
Informational Conference Call (attendance not required):
- Friday, September 8, 2023 - 12:00 pm ET
- Register at

Pre-Application Information
Proposals are due on or before Friday, December 8, 2023, 5:00 PM ET. Proposals will not be accepted after the due date unless prior permission is obtained, and only then for exceptional circumstances.

Award notifications will be made in April 2024.

Successful electronic submission of proposals and letters of recommendation will be confirmed by email notification to the sender. Please note that notification is not immediate and may take a few hours.

ASF requires all applicants to email ASF’s Chief Science Officer Alycia Halladay prior to submission to confirm the eligibility of their sponsoring institution.

Awards will be paid in two installments; the first within 30 days of the start date and the second at the six-month point, provided that a satisfactory progress report from the applicant is received.

Estimated Size of Grant
- For predoctoral and medical students: $35,000
- For postdoctoral students: $50,000

Term of Contract
- Award projects must be started between July 1, 2024 and September 15, 2024.
- The term of the award will be a period of one year.

Contact Information
Submit applications and reference letters to:

Additional questions about proposal submission, proposal content, and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to:
Alycia Halladay
Chief Science Officer, Autism Science Foundation

Autism Science Foundation
3 Continental Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583

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