Autism Science Foundation: 2023 Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders.

The proposed training should be scientifically linked to autism but may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research. The foundation will consider all areas of related basic and clinical research, including but not limited to human behavior and co-occurring medical conditions across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills & planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders); neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging); pharmacology; studies that address disparities in access, care, and research; improving research in underserved communities; neuropathology; genetics and gene/environment interactions; epigenetics; immunology; molecular and cellular mechanisms; studies employing model organisms and systems; intervention research (behavioral, pharmacological or a combination of the two), and studies of treatment and service delivery.

ASF welcomes scientific research in all fields; however, it is especially interested in projects that address previously under-researched communities. These include profound autism, those with severe and challenging behaviors, and autism disparities in racial and ethnic minority groups or those with socioeconomic challenges.

Awards are over one year and include $35,000 for predoctoral students and $50,000 for postdoctoral students.

The proposed mentor must hold a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment (or equivalent) at an accredited higher education or health/medical/research institution and be an established and active investigator in some aspect of autism research.

To be eligible, applicants for predoctoral awards must be enrolled students in good standing in a program leading to a research doctorate, such as a PhD or ScD, or a dual degree, such as an MD/PhD, in an academic department at an accredited university or health/medical institution. 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 through September 2024). Both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, regardless of their affiliation or enrollment location, are eligible to apply.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.