[ Autism Speaks Predoctoral 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. Autism Speaks invites applications from predoctoral students interested in pursuing careers in autism research. The fellows will work directly with mentors who are leading scientists in autism-related research. This program supports the growth of a promising cadre of early career scientists who will make autism research their chosen field. 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 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:        $37,000 / year

Duration:      2 years

Eligibility: 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 candidate must have two or more years remaining in their program. 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).

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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