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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Autism Research

This fellowship facilitates the development of field-leading scientists motivated to conduct research relevant to autism in adolescents and adults. The program accepts one scholar per year for a two-year fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center. We seek research-oriented candidates from diverse scientific backgrounds with a doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, or MD). Selected fellows are directly mentored by Dr. James McPartland and YCSC senior faculty, and are involved in a highly active community of clinicians and researchers devoted to understanding adolescents and adults with autism and their families.

Hilibrand fellows gain exposure to research, teaching, and clinical activities within the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic, the Yale Autism Program, the McPartland Lab, and the Yale Child Study Center. By providing mentorship, resources, and a fertile scientific environment, the fellowship enables trainees to initiate innovative lines of inquiry that they can then carry forward as independent investigators leading their own research programs.

Applications are requested by December 1st for an intended start date of July 1 each year. Under special circumstances, applications may be evaluated on a rolling basis or past the deadline. A complete application consists of a single PDF including the following, along with three letters of recommendation speaking directly to the candidate’s potential sent directly from referees.

  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of all publications.
  • Summary of research experience and relevance to the fellowship. Note that prior experience in adolescents and adults with ASD is not necessary; a goal of the fellowship is to train individuals with strong research skills to conduct research with this cohort.
  • Proposed fellowship project, including desired mentorship and training activities. The purpose of this document is to provide insight into applicants’ interests and ability to articulate a vision and plan for research.

Please address logistical questions and send applications to Please address inquiries about science or training to Dr. James McPartland.

Yale University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education and employment of individuals on their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds.

In accordance with university requirements for a safe return to in-person university operations, all faculty, staff, and postdoctoral and postgraduate trainees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.