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2017-2018 Autism Scholars Award


Thursday, December 1, 2016 11:59 pm - Thursday, December 1, 2016 11:59 pm


See application details below.


With the support of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, a Scholars Award 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 province’s capacity in diagnosis and assessment of autism and a strengthened treatment system.


Student Deadline to SGS: December 1, 2016
Value/Duration: Master’s – $18,000
Doctoral – $20,000
Level of Study: Master’s or Doctoral
Required Legal Status: Domestic (Canadian citizens or permanent residents)
Results: April 2017 by agency

* Applicants are to submit their application directly to SGS Graduate Awards Office not their graduate unit (or the Dean of Graduate Studies as the COU announcement indicates).


Eligibility to Apply

  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of January 31, 2017.
  • All applicants must be sponsored and endorsed by the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Ontario university at which they are undertaking graduate study (the Graduate Awards Office will provide this endorsement to those applications put forth to COU). Therefore, potential graduate students should only apply through the Ontario University where they intend to hold the award.
  • To be eligible for a Master’s Award, applicants must be registered full-time in a Master’s at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., the fall term of 2017-18), and must remain registered full-time in that master’s program throughout the term of the award. Master’s 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 2017-18), 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.

Application Process

Each applicant must submit to the Graduate Awards Office an electronic copy of the following documents in pdf format by December 1, 2016:

  1. The completed application form – available from:


  1. Curriculum vitae – no page restrictions (must include information concerning the eligibility criteria);
  2. A statement of research written by the candidate (maximum 1,000 words);
  3. A non-technical summary written by the candidate (maximum 500 words);
  4. Official or certified copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.  ROSI print-outs will not be accepted; and
  5. Confidential letters from two assessors (emailed directly from the assessor to staceym.kwan@utoronto.ca before December 1, 2016). Letters should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research to date, and the research being undertaken during the graduate period;
  6. Application packages must have all materials required when submitted: application form, CV, statement of research, non-technical summary, transcripts, and letters of assessment.

Evaluation Criteria

Master’s and Doctoral Applications will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision that they bring to their endeavours, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measure 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.


Results will be announced by the Council of Ontario Universities in April 2017.

Contacts & Resources

Please direct all questions regarding the Autism Scholars Award competition or nomination process to:

Stacey Kwan
Awards Officer (Provincial)
Phone: 416-978-2205  Fax: 416-971-2864

staceym.kwan@ utoronto.ca  |  www.sgs.utoronto.ca