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Sara S. Sparrow Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience

Award Description

The Sara S. Sparrow Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience seeks highly qualified college graduates to participate in cutting-edge clinical research on autism spectrum disorder in the McPartland Lab and the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Yale Child Study Center. The Child Study Center is a leading institution for clinical research on autism and related disabilities, with a multidisciplinary approach spanning behavioral neuroscience, neuroimaging, genetics, and treatment. Successful applicants will be involved in a program of training incorporating both clinical and research experiences, commencing on or before July 1, 2021.

The primary training experience will be in daily activities related to clinical neuroscience research. The fellowship’s curriculum includes participation in a weekly seminar on autism taught by Drs. James McPartland and Fred Volkmar (1 semester), weekly rounds in the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic (year-long), biweekly autism lectures (year-long), weekly lab meetings (year-long), and other didactic experiences at the Yale Child Study Center. Fellows will gain experience working with children and adults with autism and their families, as well as individuals with other neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders and with typical development. Training and research opportunities include electrophysiological brain recording using electroencephalography (EEG) and event related potentials (ERP), eye tracking, functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), positron emission tomography (PET), and behavioral assessment and treatment for ASD, including participation on multidisciplinary clinical teams in the Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Fellows will gain experience and exposure to all aspects of clinical research, from recruiting participants to analyzing data and authoring manuscripts. Fellows will also be provided opportunities to submit their research for conference presentation and potential publication. Successful applicants will be directly mentored by Dr. McPartland and be involved in a highly active and productive community of clinical research scientists at Yale and at collaborating groups in the United States and abroad.

Sponsor Institution: Yale Child Study Center , Yale University
Lab Director: James McPartland
Award Amount: $35,700 (plus full healthcare coverage)
Term of Award: Two years (with the second year being conditional on progress made in the first year)
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

College graduates who will have received a bachelor's degree by June 2021 are eligible. Candidates with previous experience with autism, infants and toddlers, experimental psychology, or neuroscience research will be favorably reviewed.

Please note that this fellowship is not offered concurrently with graduate studies. However, we do hope that the fellowship will serve as an important stepping-stone towards future graduate studies upon completion of the program.

Application Information

For more specific questions, interested applicants should contact or call (203) 737-4586.

A complete application includes 1 copy of each of the following items in a single PDF file. Please include your full name on every page of your application.

  • A completed application form
  • A CV or resume
  • Undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts
  • A two-page personal statement containing biographic material, relevant experience, and career goals (single or double spaced)
  • Two signed letters of recommendation that speak directly to the candidate's potential (sent separately by recommenders)
  • A sample of the candidate's scientific writing (at least five pages)

We are planning to proceed with our application process as usual for the 2021 research year, but given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic our policies may be subject to change.

Submitting Your Application

Applications (with separate letters of recommendation emailed directly from referees) can be sent directly to

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