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INSAR Awards Application Period:  November 1 - November 30, 2017

  • Review details below for all INSAR 2018 Award categories to start planning your award application(s).  Some award guidelines require, or give preference to, INSAR 2018 Annual Meeting abstract submission.
  • Individuals must be current INSAR members at the time of application for all INSAR awards.
  • Attendance at the Annual Meeting is required for all awards.
  • All applications must be submitted through the online award submission system. Details and instructions for submitting online will be posted when the application period opens.

Dissertation Awards

Up to two Dissertation Awards will be granted for the best dissertation in autism accepted by the university in 2017 (i.e., successfully defended). These two awards will involve a prize of $1,500 each. The INSAR Awards Committee will review each of the submitted dissertations, scoring them according to NIH proposal scoring standards. The dissertations with the highest scores will receive the award. To apply, use the online award application system to send an electronic file of the dissertation, a letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor, and a letter from the applicant requesting consideration. In the cover letter requesting consideration, note whether any publications have resulted from the dissertation. The awardee must attend the meeting in order to receive the award. Dissertation awardees will be asked to present their dissertation research as a 5-minute presentation at the INSAR 2018 Annual Meeting. 

Young Investigator Awards

Up to two Young Investigator Awards will be made for the best empirical research papers published or in press in the year 2017 by an investigator who has been awarded their Ph.D. or M.D. in the past seven years.  These two awards will involve a prize of $1,500.  The INSAR Awards Committee will review each of the competing papers. The paper with the highest score will receive the awards. To apply, please send the paper, a CV and a cover letter requesting consideration.  In the cover letter, please specify your contribution to the paper (e.g., conceived of the project, collected the data, completed the analysis, primary responsibility for writing, etc.).  Individuals who have won the Young Investigator Award previously are not eligible to re-apply.  

Diversity Awards / Low Income Countries Awards

Up to 30 Diversity / Low Income Countries Awards will be provided to individuals who are currently members of INSAR, studying in or working in autism research in health related institutions, universities, public agencies or other stakeholder-related activities. The awards will be given to persons from racial, ethnic, and disability groups that have been historically under-represented in the sciences in their home country. The awards will provide a stipend of $1,000 for individuals from North America, Europe and other parts of the developed world; for individuals from low income, low middle income and upper middle income countries, the stipend will be $1,500. The purpose of the awards is to increase the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, defined as:

  1. individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups
  2. individuals from low income, low-middle income, and upper-middle income countries*
  3. individuals with disabilities, including ASD.   

Applicants will submit a request that includes a letter stating:  (1) the rationale for requesting the award, (2) the autism-research or other stakeholder related activities in which they are engaged, (3) a CV/resume, (4) statement that specifies the number of prior INSAR awards they have won, including the type of award and number of times; (5) statement regarding whether they are applying for any other awards this year, and (6) a copy of the abstract (authored or co-authored) which was submitted to the INSAR 2018 Annual Meeting. 

If there are more applicants than awards, distance traveled and scientific activities may also be used to make award decisions. Applicants who have already received this award twice will not be eligible.

IMPORTANT Submission Instructions for Diversity / Low Income Country Awards 

Two separate categories in the online submission system fall under this travel award category.  When applying online, choose the appropriate category, do not apply for both:

  • Diversity:  For individuals from North America, Europe, and other parts of the developed world.
  • Individuals from Low-Income Countries:  For individuals from countries identified by the World Bank as low-income, lower-middle income and upper-middle income.

Student/Trainee Awards

Up to 60 Student/Trainee Awards will be available to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students and residents actively engaged in autism research. The award will provide a $500 stipend.  Student/Trainee must be presenting author on their submitted abstract to be eligible. The first priority will be given to student/trainees who have not received an INSAR Student Award before. Student/Trainees who received the award more than once before will not be eligible. The distance traveled will be considered when making decisions. Citizens of all nations are welcome to apply.

Applicants should submit a request which should include (1) a copy of the abstract of the presentation that the student/trainee is submitting to the INSAR 2018 Annual Meeting, (2) the name of their advisor and university, (3) the approximate mileage from their location to Rotterdam, Netherlands and (4) a statement regarding: (a) the number and type of prior INSAR awards received; and (b) confirmation that he/she is presenting author on the submitted abstract and (c) whether or not he/she has applied for any other awards this year, and if so, which one(s).

The Student membership category was expanded in recent years to include RAs and others, view details online. 

Student and Trainee Workshop Awards

Up to 15 Student and Trainee Workshop Awards will be available to current Student members that will be attending the INSAR 2018 Annual Meeting and the Student and Trainee Workshop (prior to INSAR 2018). The award will provide a $200 stipend.  The first priority will be given to Student Members who are traveling from a distance to attend the preconference and may require additional hotel accommodations (i.e., people traveling from distances and time zones that would make it impossible for them to depart from their origin and arrive in Rotterdam, Netherlands by 12:00 pm on the same day, thus requiring hotel accommodations the night before in order to attend the preconference).  Citizens of all nations are welcome to apply.

Applicants should submit an application stating: 1) how attending this workshop will help to further their research career goals, 2) the time zone of their location and its approximate mileage to Rotterdam and 3) whether they are a presenting author on a submitted abstract to the Annual Meeting (include a copy of the abstract), 4) whether you were awarded an INSAR travel award in a prior year.  Awardees need to register for the Annual Meeting once registration opens and will automatically be pre-registered for the 2018 Student and Trainee Workshop. 

Awardees need to register for the INSAR 2018 Annual Meeting once registration opens and will automatically be pre-registered for the 2018 Student and Trainee Workshop.  

The Student membership category was expanded in recent years to include RAs and others, view details online. 

 
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