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Autism Research Training (ART) Program

Program goal is to recruit and train outstanding researchers in the field of autism, in disciplines such as genetics, brain imaging, epidemiology, neurology, psychiatry, psychology and others. Upon completing the program, trainees will be equipped with a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base, a rich repertoire of research skills, strong connections to a vigorous research community in special populations, and an ability to translate research into practice.


The specific goals of the Program are:

  1. To recruit and train highly qualified researchers in transdisciplinary autism research
  2. To provide trainees with a rich and unique training and mentorship experience that reflects the multiple facets of autism, the concerns of affected individuals and their extended families, the needs of service providers, and policy priorities at all levels of government
  3. To prepare our trainees to become highly productive, ethically responsible independent investigators, with the technical and professional skills that are required to become effective leaders, communicators, and knowledge translators
  4. To attract international students, through initiatives such as the Pan American Autism Training Initiative (PAATI) and the Canada-China Norman Bethune Health Research Scholarships Program
  5. To develop a systematic and sustainable knowledge dissemination activity that will provide all stakeholders, including individuals with autism and their families, with accessible usable accounts of the latest research evidence
  6. To address the gaps in current research and adjust our training activity to future strategic directions for autism research.

The Program is based out of the University of Alberta, and coordinates activities with 14 other Canadian universities.

 Applicants must be registered at a Canadian university, where they complete their core training and conduct their research, under the supervision of a Program Supervisor.  Once applicants become ART trainees, they receive mentorship from 3 ART Program Faculty. 

 ART Program training activities for 2018 admitted candidates include participation to a 5-day intensive multidisciplinary Summer School Program (Year 1 curriculum), and one year of mentorship from 3 ART mentors. 


For any questions related to the ART Program, please contact Sheetal Prasad, Program Coordinator, at:, or visit our website at:


The ART Program is supported by: 

Further Information

Application Procedures

Please visit the Autism Research Training (ART) Program website for more information and to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

The Program is open to applicants with a solid academic disciplinary background in health care, science, social sciences, or humanities.  Trainees are selected based on outstanding academic profiles; commitment to a research career; and the strength, transdisciplinarity and relevance of their research proposals.

A summer school-only program is available for professionals such as nurses, occupational and speech therapists, social workers and educators.

A 1-year track program is available for PhDs, Post-doctoral fellows and MDs, registered at a Canadian university. Masters students are not eligible.

Please refer to the ART Program website for full eligibility information.