Pre-doctoral fellowships in the field of autism research for international and US citizens enrolled in an academic department of an accredited university or health/medical institution, 2013 USA
About Scholarship: We are pleased to announce the fifth year of the Weatherstone Fellowships. Autism Speaks invites applications from pre-doctoral students interested in pursuing careers in autism research. The Dennis Weatherstone Fellows will work directly with mentors who are leading scientists in autism research. This program supports the growth of a promising cadre of young scientists who will make autism research their chosen field. In order to cross-fertilize ideas and facilitate a network of collaboration, the Weatherstone program will include group interaction among the class of fellows and an annual meeting with the Weatherstone family and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Study Subject: Autism research
Course Level: Pre-doctoral
Scholarship Provider: Autism Speaks
Scholarship can be taken at: USA
Eligibility: Pre-doctoral Fellows: 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 of an accredited university or health/medical institution. The selected pre-doctoral fellow must spend at least 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.
Mentors: Prior to application, pre-doctoral candidates must have identified a mentor for their fellowship. Mentors must have a Ph.D. and/or an M.D. or equivalent degree, and be a scientific investigator with an academic or research institutional appointment (tenured, tenure-track, or equivalent position). The mentor must be affiliated with a nonprofit research institution with a research mission and administrative infrastructure. Tax-exempt status must be documented under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or similar classification outside the United States. The application must include a letter of recommendation from their mentor as well as a jointly completed Individualized Development Plan. The mentor’s training experience should also be documented.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Yes
Cover: Awards The Autism Speaks Weatherstone Fellowship Awards will be granted to qualified pre-doctoral students. The two-year fellowship includes an annual $29,500 award that includes a stipend of $22,100 plus a $7,400 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 only in rare cases.
Deadline: November 14, 2012
Further Information: http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/documents/science-grants/2013_weatherstone_rfa.pdf