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April 19, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Autism Scholars Awards 2014-15



With the support of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, a Scholar Awards Program in Autism has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent scholars. The community of autism scholars fostered by this Awards Program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge concerning child autism, and its translation into improved health for children, more effective services and products for children with autism, and increase the provinceís capacity in diagnosis and assessment of autism and a strengthened treatment system.


The following is for general information only.  Refer to the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies for full details.

Applications are available online, and students are responsible for ensuring they have met all the eligibility requirements and have adhered to the scholarship application guidelines.

Application Procedure

Each applicant must submit to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies electronic copies of the following documents by December 2, 2013:

  1. The completed application form.
  2. A curriculum vitae (including information concerning the eligibility criteria).
  3. A statement of research to be undertaken during the period of graduate study (maximum 1,000 words). There must also be an additional non-technical summary (maximum 500 words). These statements must be written by the candidate.

    The candidate must also provide:

  4. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts. These may be either official transcripts sent directly by the Registrar's office of the issuing university, or copies verified and certified as accurate by the Registrar's office of the Ontario university of current registration.
  5. Confidential letters from two assessors. These appraisals should focus on an evaluation of the applicantís research to date, and the research being undertaken during the graduate or postdoctoral period. The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be transmitted electronically directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Value

For 2014-15, up to one award at the Master's level and the Doctoral level will be made:

  • Master's Awards - $18,000
  • Doctoral Awards - $20,000 

Duration of Award

  • 12 months, non-renewable (only held in Ontario)

Eligibility to Apply

  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of the application deadline date (January 31, 2014).
  • All applicants must be sponsored and endorsed by the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Ontario university at which they are undertaking graduate study.
  • To be eligible for a Masterís Award, applicants must be registered full-time in a Masterís or Doctoral graduate program at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., the fall term of 2014-15), and must remain registered full-time in that masterís program throughout the term of the award.  Masterís students remain eligible to the end of their sixth term of full-time study.
  • To be eligible for a Doctoral Award, applicants must be registered full-time in a Doctoral graduate program at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., the fall term of 2014-15), and must remain registered full-time throughout the term of the award.  Doctoral students remain eligible to the end of their fifteenth term of full-time study.
  • Holders of Autism Scholars Awards are precluded from holding any other major award during the term of this award.

Selection Criteria

Committee members are nominated by the Deans of the Graduate Schools in the Province of Ontario, and selected by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies.

Applicants for Masterís and Doctoral Awards will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision that they bring to their endeavors, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measured by:

  • The program of study and research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about autism;
  • Past academic results, demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions;
  • Relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as evidenced by papers presented at conferences and the candidate's publication record;
  • Written letters of appraisal, and
  • Appropriateness of the choice of institution and supervising investigator.

Questions? Contact your Graduate Admissions and Records Officer in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.