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Predoctoral Fellowship Program

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Predoctoral
Students for Research Related to Autism

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Foundation / Corporation

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Autism Speaks

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Deadline Date:

04/23/19 8:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time


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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International predoctoral students for research related to autism. Applicants must submit a letter of intent before submission of a full application. Funding is intended to support scientists in the early stages of their career who are interested in making autism research their chosen field. The fellows will work directly with mentors who are leading scientists in autism-related research.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. The Fund empowers people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span.

The primary purpose of the predoctoral fellowship is to provide highly qualified candidates with exceptional research training opportunities broadly related to the study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Areas of research Autism Speaks is most interested in funding include:
- Pre-clinical intervention studies, including gene and RNA editing
- Immunology/inflammation
- Medical comorbidities (particularly seizures and GI problems/microbiome) with an emphasis on intervention studies
- Adult transition and lifespan development
- Challenging behavior
- Cognitively disabled/non- or minimally-verbal
- Inclusion of individuals from low-resource communities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185141

Estimated Size of Grant:

The two-year fellowship includes an annual $35,000 award that includes a stipend of $25,000 plus a $10,000 annual allowance for fringe benefits, research costs and supplies, professional travel and/or tuition reimbursement.

Term of Contract:

- Term: Two years.
- Earliest Grant Start Date: Early Fall 2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The candidate must be an enrolled student in a program leading to a research doctorate (such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D.) or a combined degree, such as an M.D./Ph.D., in an academic department of an accredited university or health/medical institution. The selected predoctoral fellow must spend at least 80% of his/her professional time engaged exclusively in their Autism Speaks’ autism research-related activities for the duration of the award and cannot simultaneously hold another fellowship award during the support period.

International applications are encouraged.

Prior to application, predoctoral candidates must have an identified mentor for their fellowship. Mentors must have a Ph.D. and/or an M.D. or equivalent degree and be a scientific investigator with an academic or research institutional appointment (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position). The mentor must be affiliated with a nonprofit research institution with a research mission and administrative infrastructure. Non-academic institutions must have tax-exempt status documented under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or similar classification outside the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:
- Letters of Intent Due: February 27, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
- LOI Notification: March 2019
- Recommendations due on or before: April 17, 2019, 8:00 pm (ET)
- Application Due: April 23, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
- Peer Review Panels: Spring 2019
- Application Notification: Summer 2019
- Earlier Grant Start Date: Early Fall 2019
- Term: 2 years

Autism Speaks limits the application procedure to only one predoctoral fellowship submission from any fellow or any mentor per review cycle and applies to the LOI as well as the full application.

The Fellowship candidate must be the applicant. If you are new to the system, register with your institutional email address. Otherwise log in to your previously established account.

The Letter of Intent (LOI) must include a letter of commitment and the application must include a recommendation from the mentor as well as a jointly completed Individualized Development Plan. The mentor’s training experience should also be documented.

Three confidential recommendations (minimum) must be submitted in the Autism Speaks Science Grants System by the primary mentor, other named mentors and at least one nonmentor referee. (The typical applicant will have a primary mentor and two referees.) The recommendations must be completed in the Autism Speaks Science Grants System (no uploads). It is the responsibility of the fellow to make sure each mentor and referee have the above instructions. These submissions must be received on or before the deadline listed above.

The applicant will receive a notification email after Autism Speaks’ staff reviews the submitted LOI. Applicants with approved LOIs will be able to move to the full application. Applicants will be notified by e-mail after the funding decision process is complete. All grant awards will be posted on the Autism Speaks website.

Autism Speaks policy requires all applicants and mentors to obtain ORCID profiles. See Supporting Documents below for more information.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI online:

For questions, contact Joan New, MBA, Grants Manager

Autism Speaks
1060 State Road, 2nd Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (609) 228-7313

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.