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The application for the 2014 Graduate Grant program is now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Graduate Student Grant recipients in the beginning of May.

View the 2014 Request for Proposals ( PDF | Word )

View the Graduate Grant Funding Guidelines ( PDF | Word)

Recent Grants

In June 2013, OAR awarded 10 grants — $17,499 in total — to graduate students pursuing Master’s or Doctoral degrees. These grants were awarded to those students whose proposed research best fit with OAR’s research interests and priorities, namely practical research into the daily challenges of autism and related disorders. To read more about this year's Graduate Research Grant recipients, please read the official press release.

Read about previous research grant winners:

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


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 85 grants totaling over $155,000 to graduate students 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.

For more information on this program, please contact OAR staff at or phone: (866) 366-9710 toll free.


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