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Request for Applications: 2019 Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards & Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards

**The 2019 application period is closed.**

RFA Released: August 2, 2018
Applications Due: Monday, December 3, 2018 5:00 pm EST
Informational Webinar:  Wednesday, September 12, 2018 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 should be scientifically linked to autism but may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research. Autism Science Foundation will consider 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, behavioral intervention, neuropathology, genetics and gene/environment interactions, 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 traditionally under-researched populations, medical comorbidities of autism, a genetically-defined subtype of autism, and studies of families with a high probability of receiving a diagnosis.

The Autism Science Foundation will hold an informational webinar regarding the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and medical school fellowship RFA on Wednesday, September 12th at 12:00 pm EST. The webinar will outline best practices for completing the application. Participation in the webinar is NOT required for application.

Applications are due December 3, 2018 5:00 pm EST. Award notifications will be made in April 2019. Awards must be started between July 1, 2019 and September 15, 2019.

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 2019 RFA in full.