Autism Science Foundation – Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards, Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards

August 27, 2018 by School of Medicine Webmaster

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. Autism Science Foundation will consider all areas of related basic and clinical research including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills & planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging), pharmacology, behavioral intervention, neuropathology, genetics and gene/environment interactions, epigenetics, genomics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery.

Special consideration will be given to projects focusing on traditionally under-researched populations, medical comorbidities of autism, a genetically-defined subtype of autism, and studies of families with a high probability of receiving a diagnosis.

Autism Science Foundation will make a number of awards determined by its available financial resources. The term of the award will be a period of one year and will include:

  • For predoctoral and medical students: $25,000
  • For postdoctoral students: $35,000

This award cannot be used to cover tuition payments. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs.


  • 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 Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards should be enrolled at an accredited university medical school. Medical school applicants must apply prior to graduation from medical school but the gap year may be taken immediately after graduation.
  • 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-Sept 2019).

Pre- and postdoctoral applicants may apply at any point during their training. The fellow may work on a project that extends out past the funding period, however, there must be specific goals and accomplishments stated as part of the one-year 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 fellowship award during the support period.

U.S. citizens and non-US citizens enrolled in universities inside or outside of the United States are eligible to apply.

Deadline:  December 3, 2018


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