ASF announces 2018 funding opportunities for Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships and Medical School Gap Year grants

August 13, 2017

Request for Applications: 2018 Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards & Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards

RFA Released: August 8, 2017
Applications Due: Friday, December 1, 2017 5:00 pm EST
Informational Conference Call:  Friday, September 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm EST

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 must be scientifically linked to autism and may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research. Autism Science Foundation will consider for training purposes 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, neuropathology, genetics, epigenetics, genomics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery.

Special consideration will be given to projects focusing on gender issues in autism, including but not limited to research with females with ASD and their families. The approach is not-restricted and open to basic science, animal models, neuroanatomy and neurobiology, genetics, clinical research, services and employment. In addition, ASF is also very interested in studies which utilize a genetically defined subtype of autism, or those that include groups with a high probability of receiving a diagnosis.

The Autism Science Foundation will hold an informational conference call regarding the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and medical school fellowship RFA on Friday, September 8th at 12:00 pm EST. The call will outline best practices for completing the application. Participation on the conference call is NOT required for application. The call in number is: 866-906-9888 and the participant code is 2574613#

Applications are due December 1, 2017 5:00 pm EST. Award notifications will be made in March 2018. Awards must be started between July 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018.

Additional questions about proposal submission, proposal content and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to Casey Gold, Director of Operations, Autism Science Foundation. (

Click here to view 2018 RFA in full.