Autism Speaks Predoctoral Fellowship Program

Award Info:

The two-year fellowship includes an annual $37,000 award that combines a stipend of $26,000 plus a
$11,000 annual allowance for fringe benefits, research costs and supplies, professional travel and/or
tuition reimbursement. Indirect costs are not allowed. Acceptance of any other award or grant that
supplements research training expenses or the stipend requires approval that will be granted in rare
and exceptional cases.


The primary purpose of the predoctoral fellowship is to provide highly qualified candidates with exceptional research training opportunities broadly related to the study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Areas of research Autism Speaks is most interested in funding include:
• Pre-clinical intervention studies, including gene and RNA editing
• Immunology/inflammation
• Medical comorbidities (particularly seizures and GI problems/microbiome) with an
emphasis on intervention studies
• Adult transition and lifespan development
• Challenging behavior
• Cognitively disabled and/or non- or minimally verbal
• Innovative implementation of technology to enhance reach and impact of services
with an emphasis on diagnosis and intervention in low resource settings, especially
among ethnic minority, rural and other marginalized populations
• Inclusion of individuals from low-resource communities (For research that involves
human subjects, Autism Speaks will prioritize study designs that include and better reflect the
diversity of the community that we serve.)