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

Pre-­ and Postdoctoral Training Awards

GrantWatch ID# 174606
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Autism Science Foundation (ASF)

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/09/22
Deadline: 12/09/22 5:00 PM EST

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows for clinical research projects related to autism. Eligible projects include those in a broader area of clinical and basic research that are closely related to the study of autism.

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.

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, and dissemination of research findings.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
U.S. citizens affiliated with institutions or enrolled in academic programs inside or outside of the United States are eligible to apply. Non-U.S. citizens affiliated with institutions or enrolled in academic programs inside or outside of the United States are eligible to apply.

Applicant Eligibility:
- 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. Medical school students are also eligible.
- 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 2023). Medical residents are also eligible for Postdoctoral Training Awards.

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 candidate (separate RFA)) 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. It is recommended 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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Autism Science Foundation will hold an informational webinar regarding the predoctoral and postdoctoral RFA on Friday, September 9th, 2022 at 12:00pm ET. The webinar will outline best practices for completing the application. Participation on the webinar is NOT required for application. Attendance will not be taken, nor will the webinar be recorded.

You can participate via phone or via your computer. Please register by clicking here:

Pre-Application Information
- RFA Released: August 8, 2022
- Applications Due: December 9, 2022 5:00 PM EST
- Notification of Awards: April 2023

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

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, 2023 and September 15, 2023.
- 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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