[ Autism Speaks Postdoctoral Fellowships | Fellowship funding ]

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Date and time 19.01.2021  
Category Call for proposal
Aim:  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. The goal of this program is to support well-qualified postdoctoral scientists pursuing training in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program is open to applicants from public or private institutions doing preclinical or clinical research.

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 interventions
  • Biomarkers and objective measurement of autism and related domains
  • Adult transition and lifespan development
  • Challenging behavior
  • Cognitively disabled and/or non-or minimally verbal
  • Innovative implementation of technology to enhance reach and impact of services with an emphasis on diagnosis and intervention in low resource settings, especially among ethnic minority, rural and other marginalized populations
  • Inclusion of individuals from low-resource communities (For research that involves human subjects, Autism Speaks will prioritize study designs that include and better reflect the diversity of the community that we serve.)

Funding:        max. $77,000 / year (stipend based on years of experience post-PhD)

Duration:      2 years

Eligibility: Applicants at U.S. and non-U.S. non-profit and for-profit institutions are eligible for this program. Collaborative projects between public and private entities that diversify the training experience of the applicant are acceptable and 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 award 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).

How to Apply: The two-stage application process begins with a Letter of Intent (LOI). An outline for the LOI is given in the Request for Applications, and the completed LOI can be submitted on the application platform. At the LOI stage, it is necessary to list an institutional Responsible Official; for assistance, please contact the Research Office. LOI Decisions will be returned by early February, and selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal. At this second stage, the applicant should upload required elements as stated in the Request for Applications; note that the final submission must be done by the Responsible Official, and not by the applicant. For this step, you can work with the Research Office.

Deadline:      LOI due 19 January 2021
                        Full applications (by request) due 03 March 2021

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