Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering

Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering

Deadline: January 7, 2013


Award Description

Previously sponsored by the Yale University School of Medicine, the Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering will select highly qualified college graduates to participate in cutting-edge autism research at the Marcus Autism Center. The Marcus Autism Center is a leading institution for clinical care and clinical research of autism and related social disabilities, and it sits at the center of a close collaboration between the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Selected Fellows will be immersed in a 2-year training program aimed at the integration of design engineering with neuroscience research.


Successful applicants will be expected to develop innovative hardware solutions to answer basic and advanced questions in the field of social neuroscience. These solutions offer an opportunity to explore human factors engineering, product prototyping, and the design of environments for neuroscience research.


The Fellowship is an opportunity for creative engineering, in which basic design challenges are defined but the routes to solutions are open-ended. The selected Simons Fellows in Design Engineering will be mentored by the program directors and involved in a highly active research community, and will learn about neuroscience and autism while applying their own design skills to answer future experimental questions.


Application Information

Application materials and additional information can still be found at Further information about the Marcus Autism Center can also be found at


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible are college graduates who will have received a bachelor's degree by June of 2013. Candidates are expected to have a background in design and a facility for creative problem solving.  Candidates possessing experience in fabrication and/or control systems design will be favorably reviewed.


Sponsor Institution: Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine.

Program Directors: Ami Klin and Warren Jones

Term of Award: 2 years

Submission Deadline: January 7, 2013

U.S. Citizenship: Not Required