Thursday, April 3, 2008

Pre-doctoral Fellowship for Autism Research

Autism Speaks - Request for Applications

Autism Speaks invites applications from young scientists interested in pursuing careers in autism research. The applicant investigator must be a qualified pre/postdoctoral student.

The proposed research must be scientifically linked to autism and may be broadened to include training in a closely related contextual area of research. Autism Speaks will consider all areas of basic and clinical research that support its biomedical research mission, including but not limited to: human behavior (language, communication, social function), neurosciences (anatomy, development, neuro-imaging), neuropathology, human genetics/genomics, immunology, endocrinology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, and studies employing model organisms. Autism Speaks also encourages proposals in translational research that applies results and insights obtained from basic and clinical research studies to the treatment (including pharmacological and behavioral approaches) of autism spectrum disorders.

The pre-doctoral fellowship stipend level will be determined by the number of years of prior training at the time of the award to a maximum award of $21,000 per year.

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 at an accredited university or health/medical institution. The selected pre-doctoral fellow must spend 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 named fellowship award during the support period. International applications are encouraged.

Proposals are due by Wednesday, May 14th, 2008, 11:59 p.m. (EST)