Autism Center Research Fellowship

Faculty Fellowship Program

Call for Proposals

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism (MNCA) invites applications for the UVU Faculty Fellowship Program including support for both individual faculty scholarship/creative works and interdisciplinary group projects.

Description:

The MNCA Faculty Fellowship Programs are designed to support and facilitate faculty and student engagement, awareness, and research with regard to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Projects may be research based and/or creative works that address ASD in art, behavioral science, business, computer science, dance, education, engineering, ethics, government, interdisciplinary studies, journalism, law, medicine, philosophy, public health, public policy, technology, and other disciplines.

The MNCA has two types of fellowships:

Individual Research Fellowship - $2000

The individual fellowship allows faculty to advance scholarly and creative pursuits through focused research and related activities related to the study and awareness of ASD. Funds may support research assistants, materials, conference participation, etc. Students should be engaged in projects with the Faculty Research Fellow whenever possible. Two individual Fellowships will be awarded annually. More Fellowships are possible with department/college support.

Interdisciplinary Group Fellowship - $4000

The Interdisciplinary Group Fellowship provides support for faculty research teams organized to address ASD from a variety of perspectives and methodologies. These faculty teams will work closely with students on undergraduate research activities including mentored scholarship, workshops, etc. Funds may support research assistants, materials, conference participation, etc. Students should be engaged in projects with the Faculty Research Fellows whenever possible. Two individual Fellowships will be awarded annually. More Fellowships are possible with department/college support.

Individual Research Fellowship:

Steps to Apply for the Fellowship:

Submit a two-page narrative proposal that (1) addresses a current issue associated with ASD, (2) identifies the impact of the project in the field(s) of study, (3) outlines the methodologies and research practices and /or creative outcomes of the project, (4) includes a completion timeline, and (5) identifies measures for project evaluation. Recipients are selected by the Autism Initiative Committee. Awardees will be notified by January 15, 2017.

Please include the following:
  1. Application Cover Sheet with signatures;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Narrative proposal that addresses points from the paragraph above (no more than two pages);
  4. Two letters of recommendation for the project, preferably from department Chair, Dean, and/or senior scholars in the applicant’s discipline;
  5. Budget sheet;
  6. Supplementary documentation (optional)

Eligibility:

Applicants must be full-time faculty at Utah Valley University.

Individual Research Fellowship

Application cover sheet PDF download here

Expectations of Faculty Fellows:

  • Pursuit of publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal or similar venue;
  • Presentations at conferences or appropriate community events;
  • A final report outlining project activities that identifies the extent to which the objectives were met.
  • Overall quality of the proposal including 1) demonstration of expertise, experience, and preparedness, 2) identification of the specific ASD area being addressed, 3) project organization, 4) student involvement, 5) clear objectives and timeline, and 6) evaluation measures.
  • Potential contribution to the field of study in terms of publication, teaching, and other manifestations of scholarship;
  • Likelihood of completion;
  • Contribution to the advancement of UVU’s Autism Initiative.

Award & Conditions:

The Fellow will receive an award of up to $2000 to be used at the Fellow’s discretion for hiring research assistants, purchasing books and other research materials, travel directly related to the research, and other appropriate expenses to support the project. The support of the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is expected to be acknowledged by the Faculty Fellow in publication, public presentations, and other tangible manifestations of the Fellow’s scholarship and research.

Interdisciplinary Group Fellowship:

Steps to Apply for the Fellowship:

Submit a two-page narrative proposal that (1) addresses a current issue associated with ASD, (2) identifies the impact of the project in the field(s) of study, (3) outlines the methodologies and research practices and /or creative outcomes of the project, (4) includes a completion timeline, and (5) identifies measures for project evaluation.

Recipients are selected by the Autism Initiative Committee. Awardees will be notified by January 15, 2017.

Please include the following:

  1. Application Cover Sheet with signatures;
  2. Curriculum vitae for each faculty participant;
  3. Narrative proposal that addresses the above items (no more than two pages);
  4. Two letters of recommendation for the project, preferably from department Chair, Dean, and/or senior scholars in the applicant’s discipline;
  5. Budget sheet;
  6. Supplementary documentation (optional)

Eligibility:

The project lead must be full-time faculty at Utah Valley University.

If you have questions about the Fellowship, please contact Teresa Cardon at teresa.cardon@uvu.edu or at (801) 863-5517.

If you have questions about the forms, please contact Lyda Becerra lydab@uvu.edu or at (801) 863-5761.

Expectations of Faculty Fellows:

  • Pursuit of publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal or similar venue;
  • Presentations at conferences or appropriate community events;
  • A final report outlining project activities that identifies the extent to which the objectives were met.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Overall quality of the proposal including 1) demonstration of expertise, experience, and preparedness, 2) identification of the specific ASD area being addressed, 3) project organization, 4) student involvement, 5) clear objectives and timeline, and 6) evaluation measures.
  • Potential contribution to the field of study in terms of publication, teaching, and other manifestations of scholarship;
  • Likelihood of completion;
  • Contribution to the advancement of UVU’s Autism Initiative.

Award & Conditions:

The Fellows will receive an award of up to $4000 to be used at the Fellow’s discretion for hiring research assistants, purchasing books and other research materials, travel directly related to the research, and other appropriate expenses to support the project. The support of the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is expected to be acknowledged by the Faculty Fellows in publica-tion, public presentations, and other tangible manifestations of the Fellow’s scholarship and research.

Interdisciplinary Group Fellowship

Application cover sheet PDF download here