Fellowship FAQ

What is the deadline for applications?
All application materials must be received by Friday, January 6th, 2017. All applications must be submitted electronically. The online application portal will open in October, 2016. You may access it here.

What needs to be included in my application?
A complete application includes one copy of each of the following items:
  1. A resume
  2. A transcript
  3. A two pages personal statement (single or double-spaced)
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. For Simons Design Applicants Only: A portfolio of design work

What happens between the time my application is received and the fellowship is awarded?
Once all the applications are received, they are thoroughly reviewed and selected applicants will be invited for an interview. The fellowship will not be awarded without an interview.

When do interviews take place?
Applicants will be contacted for interviews in late January to early February, and interviews will be held in mid to late February.

What qualifications would make someone a good fit for this position?
For the Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, previous experience with infants and toddlers; coursework and/or research in cognitive science, experimental, clinical, or developmental psychology; or work with young children with autism will be favorably reviewed. However, we prize a diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds in our group, and alternate routes into clinical research with children with autism will not be seen as a detractor.

For the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, previous experience with computer programming; coursework and/or research in cognitive science, experimental, clinical, or developmental psychology; and an interest in clinical research goals will be favorably reviewed. However, applicants from a wide variety of academic and research backgrounds have been accepted and are encouraged to apply.

For the Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering, previous background in design and a facility for creative problem solving are expected. Candidates possessing experience in fabrication and/or control systems design will be favorably reviewed.

For the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering, research experience and experience with infants and toddlers or children with autism are valued by the selection committee. Candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds with a keen interest in translational research, autism, and child development are encouraged to apply.

When is the start date of the fellowship?
The start date is July 5, 2017.

What is the length of the fellowship?
The length of the fellowship is two years.

Is the position full-time?
Yes.  Monday – Friday, 8:30-5:00.

Are there opportunities for fellows to obtain a graduate degree?
There is no direct opportunity to obtain a degree during the fellowship, but one of the core goals of the fellowship is to prepare fellows for graduate studies and for related future careers.

Can I take classes at Emory University?
Fellows will have the opportunity to audit classes at Emory to augment the training they receive through the other daily activities of the fellowship.

Are there any benefits included in this position?
Fellows receive health care coverage through Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Do fellows have the opportunity to give posters and publish papers?
Yes, fellows are strongly encouraged and expected to submit their research for posters and publications. Fellows are also funded (in addition to the stipend) to attend one conference per year.

What lab or group meetings do fellows attend?
Fellows will attend weekly lab and curriculum meetings with our immediate research group and twice monthly Grand Rounds meetings with the entire autism research group at the Marcus Autism Center. Weekly lab meetings offer the opportunity to discuss ongoing research within our group. During curriculum meetings the lab discusses relevant background literature and recently published papers. Grand rounds meetings will provide the opportunity to hear about ongoing research from the larger autism research community.

What daily responsibilities will the fellows have?
Fellows’ primary training experience will be in daily activities related to eye-tracking or spoken communication research, including operation of experimental equipment and paradigms, contact with infants and toddlers and their families, and responsibility for completing experimental protocols. With research mentorship, fellows will be expected to guide a project of research from the point of data collection through analysis and publication of results.

What are the degree requirements of applicants for the fellowships?
Our applicants are widely educated and experienced. We do not require years of experience or a Master’s Degree, as we only require a Bachelor’s Degree. However, applicants with a few years of experience or with Master’s Degrees are encouraged to apply and will be given equal consideration.