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Graduate Studies

Autism Scholars Award

With the support of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, a scholar awards 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.

Value of awards

One one-year award at the master’s level and one one-year award at the doctoral level will be made by the COU:

  • Master’s Award: $18,000 ($6,000 per term beginning September 2020)
  • Doctoral Award: $20,000 ($6,666 per term beginning September 2020)

Conditions of award

  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of the application deadline date (January 31, 2020).
  • Registered as a full-time student in a master’s or doctoral program at an Ontario university at the beginning of the award period (fall 2020) and remain registered as a full-time student throughout the term of the award.
    • A master’s student remains eligible until the end of the sixth term of full-time study.
    • A doctoral student remains eligible until the end of the 15th term of full-time study.
  • During the term of an Autism Scholars Award, a recipient is precluded from holding any other major award.

Application instructions for students

Each applicant must submit to the following documents as one PDF.

  1. The completed application form.
  2. A curriculum vitae (including information concerning the eligibility criteria).
  3. A statement of no more than 1,000 words describing the research to be undertaken during the period of graduate study, and a non-technical summary of no more than 500 words, both written by the applicant;
  4. The candidate must also provide by December 2, 2019:
    1. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts. These must be official transcripts, sent directly by the Registrar’s office of the issuing university.
    2. The transcripts are NOT part of the electronic application, they are sent separately to the McMaster University’s School of Graduate Studies in sealed envelopes by the issuing university.
        • Mailing address for transcripts:
          McMaster University, SGS–Scholarships
          1280 Main Street West, GH 212
          Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8
  • Confidential letters from two assessors which should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research to date, and the research being undertaken during the period of graduate study for which the applicant will hold an Autism Scholars Award, if successful.  The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be transmitted electronically directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies by emailing no later than Monday, December 2, 2019.