Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding

Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for outstanding candidates with very recent PhDs who wish to conduct autism-related research at MIT under the mentorship of MIT faculty researchers. Applicants currently completing their PhD outside MIT, who wish to carry out postdoctoral research at MIT, are strongly encouraged to apply.


Recent PhDs (PhD dissertation defense date or MIT postdoc start date — whichever is earlier — within two years of the Fellowship application date) who aim to conduct autism-related research at MIT. These prestigious fellowships are open to candidates nationwide. They are designed to enhance and showcase autism research at MIT and are awarded to candidates with truly excellent scientific accomplishments, who propose innovative research bridging at least two different labs. MIT faculty members are encouraged to bring these fellowships to the attention of exceptional candidates who wish to come to MIT for postdoctoral training as Simons Fellows.

Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships provide a competitive stipend plus an allowance for health insurance, travel and research-related expenses. The fellowships are awarded for 2 years, with the second year conditional upon satisfactory progress at the end of the first year.

How To Apply

Applicants must complete and submit a cover page and Fellowship application. Applications must include biosketch in the NIH R01 format (maximum 5 pages), training proposal (maximum 4 pages) including: training goals, project summary, specific aims, background, preliminary data if any, and experimental design and methods. References cited can be listed on additional pages. The primary advisor must provide a statement containing a mentoring plan, and a CV in the NIH format. External applicants do not need to submit a secondary advisor statement. Awardees will select a secondary advisor during the first six months of their award. The applicant should submit the cover page as well as a combined file including all other application components via email to

In addition, applicants must request three letters of recommendation. At least two letters should be from respondents with whom the candidate has worked directly, or who have first-hand knowledge of the candidate. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that these letters are submitted directly by respondents via email to

Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Document


The next deadline for Fellowship applications is: Friday, September 28, 2018.


Applications will be reviewed by a panel of expert reviewers. Funding decisions will be made by the steering committee of the SCSB.