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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Undergraduate Students to Research Autism Spectrum Disorders

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorders

GrantWatch ID# 207781
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Autism Science Foundation (ASF)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/28/23 5:00PM ET Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International undergraduate students for research related to autism spectrum disorders. Studies may address any area of basic or clinical research, including neurobiology, pharmacology, and immunology. Priority will be given to studies that focus on underrepresented groups or on closing gaps in service to these groups.

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications from highly qualified undergraduates interested in pursuing basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders during the summer. The proposed research must be scientifically linked to autism. 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, communication, social function, epilepsy, sleep, self-injurious behavior, catatonia), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuro-imaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, human genetics, genomics, epigenetics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment, service delivery, policy, and employment.

Studies that focus on profound autism and/or include participants with profound autism are encouraged. Priority will be given to students from underrepresented groups OR to studies that focus on understanding and narrowing the diagnosis and services gap across different races, ethnicities or socioeconomic status levels. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants for summer undergraduate research awards must be currently enrolled undergraduates in good standing in a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The summer research may take place at a university other than the one where the student is enrolled as an undergraduate. The mentor should be faculty at the university where the research will take place. The research itself may take place on or off campus (i.e. in a school, at a job site employing individuals with autism, at a summer camp, etc.) as long as it is supervised by an experienced mentor and/or advisor and a plan on how this will occur is included in the application.

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

Inclusion of an additional advisor other than the mentor is encouraged, but not required. As examples, this could include a more senior person in the lab who will be working closely with the student, or someone who provides scientific guidance or advice on research recruitment, or the conduct of research in underserved communities. It is highly suggested that applicants interested in studying underserved communities (including profound autism) involve someone as an advisor who has previously worked with these communities if their mentor has limited experience in this area.

Candidates may not have a BA or BS at the time the award is started.

This award cannot be used to directly cover tuition payments.

Pre-Application Information
RFA Released: February 1, 2023
Applications Due: February 28, 2023 5:00 PM ET
Notification of Awards: late March 2023

Proposals using post mortem tissue for research must provide documentation that the necessary tissue is or will be available at the research site at the time of the award. Proposals without proper documentation will be returned without review.

ASF requires that all awardees register with ORCID for an ORCID ID.

Awards will be paid directly to the university sponsoring the research at the start of the award period.

Estimated Size of Grant
Awards of $4000 will be made directly to the university sponsoring the research. Of this, the university must pay $3500 directly to the student as a stipend; $500 shall be used for lab expenses and indirect university costs.

Term of Contract
Awards must start between May 1, 2023 and July 5, 2023. While the work should be completed in the summer, a full year contract will be made to offset costs of academic and training activities outside the 8 week period.

Contact Information

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

Autism Science Foundation
Scarsdale Office
3 Continental Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583

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