Are international graduate students eligible to apply?

Yes, international students are eligible to apply for our graduate grant competition.  This does include students who are pursuing graduate degrees at institutions outside the U.S.


What is meant by an independent research study?

In order to be eligible for this grant, the graduate student must be the single investigator. If the student is a co-PI, or if the study is part of a faculty member’s ongoing research, the research project is not eligible. Please contact us at research @researchautism.org if you have any questions about your eligibility.


The graduate research grant competition is currently closed. Can I have an extension for the deadline?

No, our graduate grant cycle begins in September each year and closes in February. The review process begins immediately after the deadline and extends into April. Late submissions cannot be accepted.


I am looking for a grant opportunity to help pay for my graduate or post-graduate degree. Does OAR offer funding for this purpose?

No, our graduate research grant competition supports research studies at the graduate or post-graduate level. Funds are not available for tuition.


When will I be notified of the status of my application?

We notify each applicant of their status in early to mid-May via email.


How should I format my budget?

The budget template can be found here. Please refer to our funding guidelines and sample budget as a guide for what we expect in a budget.


To whom are the grant funds sent?

The office at the awardee’s university (e.g. Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Grants and Contracts) will manage the grant funds.


What should be included in the letter of support?

Your letter of support should be written by your faculty advisor or mentor. Letters of support take a variety of forms and are not required to answer particular questions about you or your proposal. That said, recent grant recipients’ letters of support have addressed some or all of the following:

  • The applicant’s relevant experience, credentials, and qualities
  • The strengths and/or relevance of the applicant’s research proposal
  • How the applicant’s institution is equipped to support the research project


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