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The application period for the 2017 Graduate Research Grant Competition is open now.

To access the online application, please click here.

Proposals are due Friday, February 10 at 11:59PM Eastern.

View the 2017 Request for Proposals (PDF)

View the Graduate Grant Funding Guidelines (PDF)

View our Sample Budget (PDF)

View our FAQ (PDF)

Program Overview

In 2004, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) established the Graduate Research Grant Program intended to encourage and support students conducting research pursuant to graduate and post-graduate studies in disciplines related to assessment, intervention and support of learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families. Since then, OAR has awarded over $208,000 to fund 116 graduate research studies in the U.S. and abroad.

Through this competition, OAR intends to support rising stars in autism research and promote research in:

  • The analysis, evaluation, or comparison of assessment models, treatment models, or service systems,
  • Applied aspects of early and/or school-based education, behavioral, or communication intervention, or
  • Adult issues such as containing education, employment, housing models and “later intervention.”
  • Issues related to family support, social and community integration, and assessment and intervention with challenging behavior.

OAR seeks to fund studies that will likely produce practical and clearly objective results that may aid parents, families, professionals, and people with autism to make more fully informed choices that will lead to healthier and happier lives. International students are eligible to apply.

For more information on this program, please contact

Read about previous graduate grant recipients:


2016 Grant recipients

2015 Grant recipients

2014 Grant recipients

2013 Grant recipients

2012 Grant recipients

2011 Grant recipients

2010 Grant recipients

2009 Grant recipients

2008 Grant recipients

2007 Grant recipients

2006 Grant recipients

2005 Grant recipients

2004 Grant recipients


The OAR Graduate Student Grants are available thanks to the
Online Grant Management Software provided by WizeHive.