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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Postdoctoral
Scientists for Research Related to Autism

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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 averaging $65,000 to USA, Canada, and International postdoctoral scientists for training and research related to autism. Applicants must submit a letter of intent before submission of a full application. Funding is intended to support highly qualified postdocs in public or private institutions who are pursuing preclinical or clinical 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.

Competitive fellowship applications will feature research projects that focus on the following areas of high interest to the science mission at Autism Speaks:
- Epigenetics
- 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
- Biomarkers and objective measurement of autism and related domains
- Adult transition and lifespan development
- Challenging behavior
- Cognitively disabled/non- or minimally-verbal
- Inclusion of individuals from low-resource communities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185142

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Each fellowship is awarded for a period of two years and includes both a competitive stipend (see below) and an $11,000 annual allowance intended to cover professional conference travel, research costs and supplies, and/or fringe benefits. Indirect costs are not allowed.
- Stipend amounts are based on years of experience since PhD , with the year 7 level being the maximum. Stipends amounts are as follows:
- Zero years of experience since PhD: $48,500
- 1 year of experience since PhD: $48,900
- 2 years of experience since PhD: $49,200
- 3 years of experience since PhD: $52,400
- 4 years of experience since PhD: $53,200
- 5 years of experience since PhD: $55,400
- 6 years of experience since PhD: $57,600
- 7 years of experience since PhD: $59,800

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants at U.S. and non-U.S. non-profit and for-profit institutions are eligible for this program. These entities include, but are not limited to, colleges, universities, hospitals, governmental entities and for-profit research & development entities (e.g. biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies). Collaborative projects between public and private entities that diversify the training experience of the applicant are acceptable and encouraged. The site(s) where the applicant will conduct or participate in research training activities for the project must be clearly described in the individualized development plan. Projects involving for-profit entities require a letter from an authorized company representative declaring that the applicant’s work can and will be published, and that publication will not be delayed because of proprietary issues.

There are no geographic restrictions on these applications. International applicants are encouraged.

The candidate must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree and cannot have more than 5 years of postdoctoral experience at the commencement of the award. The selected postdoctoral fellow must spend at least 80 percent of his/her professional time engaged exclusively on the fellowship research activities for the duration of the award. The fellow may not simultaneously serve in an internship or residency, hold a tenure-track faculty appointment or hold another named fellowship award during the support period. Postdoctoral training in the laboratory where the applicant received his/her graduate degree will not be reviewed.

A primary mentor must be identified prior to applying for the research fellowship. All mentors must have Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees and be scientific investigators with primary appointments at academic, public or private research institutions (e.g., tenured, tenure-track or equivalent). They need to have a record of conducting high quality research, including 1-2 peer-reviewed publications within the past 2 years in the field of the applicant’s research project. Prior mentoring experience and adjunct appointments will be considered and must be briefly described in the mentor’s biosketch.

If the principal affiliation of the primary mentor is a for-profit institution, then the applicant is strongly encouraged to choose at least one secondary mentor whose chief appointment is at a non-profit college, university, hospital or other research institution including governmental entities. Statements of commitment and confidential letters of recommendation from all mentors must be included with the LOI and application respectively.

Fellows are permitted to obtain additional awards or grants to cover research expenses only. Fellows may not hold any other award or grant that supplements their stipend.

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

The fellowship candidate must be the applicant. It is advisable to review the LOI page and then the Application page in the grant system well in advance of the submission date.. Institutional officials must be named but are not required for this submission. The applicant, mentor and responsible official will receive an email after Autism Speaks staff reviews the LOI. Candidates with approved LOIs will be able to move to the full application. All LOI decisions are final and no comments will be available.

Three or four confidential recommendations, including all mentors and at least one nonmentor referee (unrelated to the postdoctoral training) should be submitted. Each recommendation must be submitted in the online form (no uploads) in the Autism Speaks Science Grants System by each mentor/referee. It is the responsibility of the fellow to make sure each referee has the above instructions. These letters must be received on or before the deadline listed above.

Autism Speaks policy requires all applicants and mentors to obtain ORCID profiles. For assistance, please see the the Help PDF.

Applications are strictly limited to one per postdoctoral fellow or mentor per LOI/application review cycle. Multiple submissions will be returned.

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.