The Andrew Burns Memorial Scholarship sponsors the participation of a young researcher for their promise as a budding leader in the field of neuroscience research directed toward solving the problem of anxiety and/or depression in those on the autism spectrum.  Special consideration will be given to applicants for this award who themselves have been diagnosed with ASD.

About Andrew Burns
Andrew was on the autism spectrum and experienced debilitating anxiety throughout his short life.  He was interested in pursuing neuroscience research that might lead to better treatment for people such as himself. Towards the end of his life, he created a will that specified that the proceeds from his possessions be used only to help sponsor research and this award.

Award Components

  • $5,000 award
  • Complimentary registration to the ADAA Annual Conference (a $599 value). Please note that applicants are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses
  • Recognition at the Opening Session
  • Presentation of research at 2018 Conference (Washington, DC April 5-8). Please note that Andrew Burn’s parents will be invited to attend this session
  • 500 word blog summarizing the paper (to be posted on ADAA’s website and distributed through ADAA’s social media and member email newsletters)
  • Submission to the Depression and Anxiety Journal for publication consideration
  • Featured profile on the ADAA website

Award Eligibility

  • Applicants must be members of ADAA, but we welcome new members, so interested nonmembers should feel free to join and then submit.
  • The award is restricted to investigators who have completed their terminal degree and are currently at a rank of assistant professor or below.
  • Individuals who are working to complete their degree are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be the first or senior author on the submitted paper, field of neuroscience research directed toward solving the problem of anxiety and/or depression for those on the autism spectrum.
  • The paper may not be published or in press elsewhere.
  • Detailed cover letter explaining how the applicant's research fulfills Andrew's goal of furthering research in anxiety/depression and those with ASD.
  • Resume
  • Two reference letters from faculty members

The 2018 Burns Scholarship Portal is now closed.