Autism Edmonton enhances the lives of families and individuals living with autism, by providing life-long support and creating awareness, acceptance, and opportunities in our community.


***Applications for the 2017/2018 school year are open until March 31, 2017.***

Cutting-edge research is essential for improving treatments and the quality of life for people with autism spectrum disorder. You can learn more about the latest autism research and get involved by:
  • Participating in autism research; The Autism Research Centre at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton regularly seeks the assistance of individuals with ASD and/or their families to participate in autism research studies.
  • Learning more through current research; such as the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, as well as local partners like The Ability Hub and the Sinneave Family Foundation.
  • Applying for a Student Pilot Grant from Autism Edmonton and the Autism Research Centre to help you conduct your own research!

Autism Edmonton and the Autism Research Centre -
2017 Graduate Student Pilot Grants

The 2017 Graduate Student Pilot Grants will support individuals conducting graduate research in any field related to autism spectrum disorder to begin May 2017. These scholarships are jointly funded by Autism Edmonton and the Autism Research Centre at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (affiliated with Alberta Health Services and the University of Alberta).

Each pilot grant (maximum $5,000.00) is to be applied towards the operating costs of the successful applicants’ graduate research project.

Applications will be judged on the quality and originality of the proposed project, and on the potential of the research to contribute to the well‐ being of persons with ASD and their families. Each successful applicant will provide a written progress report at 6 months, along with a final report and presentation of study findings (see below) at the conclusion of the project.

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.  (Funding is for May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018.)

Application procedure:

To qualify, the student must be enrolled in a graduate level university program (Masters or PhD) in the Edmonton area, and be returning to their graduate studies program as a full‐time student in the fall of 2017. Students who are about to begin their 1st year of a graduate studies program must include a copy of their letter of acceptance into a relevant graduate program for the fall semester.

To be considered for the review process, the student must submit ALL of the following documents via email by March 31, 2017 to:

Carol Wilson, Manager, Autism Research Centre at

  • Cover page with the following information:
    • Name of Applicant
    • Mailing address
    • Email address
    • Telephone number (daytime)
    • Department and Institution where the applicant is a registered student
    • Degree program (MA, MSc, PhD)
    • Name of research supervisor and his/her professional contact information
  • Complete CV of applicant
  • Complete University or College transcripts including undergraduate transcripts. Official transcripts not required; a photocopy is acceptable.
  • Description of the proposed research (4 pages maximum, single-spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins). The proposal is to include the following sections:
    • Background and Rationale;
    • Research questions (or objectives);
    • Hypotheses (if applicable), Design/Methodology and Analytic approach;
    • Feasibility of undertaking the proposed research with supervisor support
    • Knowledge translation and exchange plans;
    • Relevance and Impacts: discuss how the proposed research will help Autism Edmonton achieve its mission of improving the lives of people with ASD and their families. Examples of relevant research areas could include (but not exclusive to): improving the health and well‐being of individuals with ASD across the lifespan, the needs of adolescents and adults in the community; vocational planning; and family experience.
  • Lay abstract (1/2 page in a publishable format) that will outline the title, objectives, prior research approval, and expected outcomes of the research.
  • One page description of the applicant’s previous research and/or work experience, and graduate studies and expected career goals. Discuss how previous work is relevant to ASD and the current application, and how the pilot grant experience will help the applicant achieve the goals of their graduate studies and future career plans.
  • Letter of support from the supervising researcher that describes the strengths (including research potential) of the applicant, the training and mentorship plan, the relevance of the proposed research to the overall goals of the student’s research training and career development. Must indicate any supplementary funds to support the proposed research.
  • 2-page CV from the supervising researcher.
  • Letter of support from another faculty member familiar with the candidate’s academic and/or research performance.
  • Detailed budget and budget justification. A maximum of $500 can be used towards travel to a scientific conference to present the results of the study findings.

Each successful grant recipient will provide:

1. By December 1, 2017 ‐ a mid‐term report which includes a brief financial summary;
2. By June 1, 2018 ‐ a one‐page article (750‐1000 words maximum and written in an engaging, reader‐friendly style) that will be published in Autism Now, Autism Edmonton's seasonal magazine;
3. By Fall 2018 ‐ a presentation to Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Autism Research Rounds, at the conclusion of the project and;
4. By December 1, 2018 ‐ a two‐page final report (including financial summary).


For additional information, please email: or

Click here for a printable PDF copy of the above application information.