The specific goals of the Program are:
- to recruit and train highly qualified researchers in transdisciplinary autism research
- to provide trainees with a rich and unique training and mentorship experience that reflects the multiple facets of autism, the concerns of affected individuals and their extended families, the needs of service providers, and policy priorities at all levels of government
- to prepare our trainees to become highly productive, ethically responsible independent investigators, with the technical and professional skills that are required to become effective leaders, communicators, and knowledge translators
- to attract international students, through initiatives such as the Pan American Autism Training Initiative (PAATI) and the Canada-China Norman Bethune Health Research Scholarships Program
- to develop a systematic and sustainable knowledge dissemination activity that will provide all stakeholders, including individuals with autism and their families, with accessible usable accounts of the latest research evidence
- to address the gaps in current research and adjust our training activity to future strategic directions for autism research.
The Program is based out of McGill University, and coordinates activities with 13 other Canadian universities.
Applicants must be registered at a Canadian university, where they complete their core training and conduct their research, under the supervision of a Program Supervisor. Once applicants become ART trainees, they receive mentorship from 3 ART Program Faculty.
ART Program training activities include participation to a 5-day intensive Summer School Program, a biennial Winter Institute, an international guest speaker event at IMFAR, and knowledge translation and dissemination activities.
Fellowship funding, as well as a travel stipend, are provided.
N.B. While the ART Program provides fellowship funding and training, in partnership with 14 Canadian universities, it is not a degree-granting program.