Quebec Autism Research Training (QART) Program

About the QART Program

QART is a competitive program that attracts and trains outstanding graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in order to support their career development in their area of choice. QART searches for outstanding trainees carrying out multidisciplinary, innovative or translational projects. Trainees are enrolled in the program for three years, where they benefit from:

  • A one-year fellowship funding: $20,000/year (M.Sc. or Ph.D level) or $40,000/year (postdoc level). For applicants with a professional degree, the fellowship amount will be determined depending on the year the degree was earned (between $25,000-40,000). Fellowships are not renewable. Applicants who were not selected previously are eligible to reapply one more time
  • Flexible funding to support training and mobility
  • The Annual QART Summer School: a one-week course in an intensive learning and interactive environment with mentors with diverse expertise and other trainees across Quebec (mandatory)
  • Presenting their research at the TACC Annual Conference (mandatory)
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Support to attend the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)
  • A ‘Training Passport’: a series of professional skills development workshops to enhance the trainees’ research skills
  • Regular interaction with a Quebec-wide network of trainees


  • The program includes two groups of applicants:
    – Group 1 (applying for QART program and funding)
    – Group 2 (applying for QART program only) – Applicants in this category already hold funding from federal or provincial governmental sources
  • The applicant (Group 1 or 2), Canadian or foreign, must be enrolled in a Québec university at the Masters, Doctorate or Post doctorate level under the supervision of a regular researcher member of the TACC at the start of the award
  • The applicant’s research must be related to at least one of the following strategic research axes: genetics, cellular and animal models, cognition, brain development/imaging of autism or other research axes relevant to autism. Multidisciplinary, innovative and translational projects will be prioritized.
  • Applicants may not concurrently hold a TACC fellowship with a fellowship from a federal or provincial governmental organization but may receive supplement funding from other sources.


Independent reviewers will evaluate each application using FRQ-S criteria and weighting for evaluation of graduate students or post-doctoral fellowships ( The TACC Scientific Committee will select successful candidates.

2019 Competition

Program opens: December 6 2018
Application deadline: February 28 2019 at 15:00
Results announced April 30, 2019
Summer School: August 19-23, 2019
Start of fellowship (if applicable): September 2, 2019