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Sylvia Rodger Academy Research Program

The Research Program upskills autistic adults and autism researchers in research co-production. This ensures that what is being researched, and the way it is being researched is relevant to, and appropriate for, the autistic community.

The Research Program (formerly called the Research Academy) was first created and run in 2015, with an expanded Program run in 2017. We have graduated 28 autistic adults and 19 autism researchers from around Australia, and internationally. The 2020 holistic program is co-designed and delivered with autistic adults, with five of the seven Project Team members identifying as autistic.

Participants in the Research Program will develop practical knowledge and experience in co-production through a series of training and development initiatives.

Applications Close:  19th July 2020


To be eligible to apply for the 2020 Research Program an applicant must:

  • be an autistic adult and/or autism researcher
  • be aged 18 or older as of the 30th of June 2020
  • live in Australia (as an Australian citizen or permanent resident)
  • be willing and available to participate in all of the program activities, and
  • have an interest in both
    • learning the skills to undertake co-production, and
    • engaging in co-production.

It is not important to have previous experience in co-production as the program is best suited to those who would want to build, develop and learn new skills for co-production.

Application and selection process

There are three parts to the application, which all need to be submitted by the closing date of Sunday 19th of July 2020 at midnight AEST.

  • Part A is a set of general questions about who you are
  • Part B is a series of selection questions (you can answer these in writing, via PowerPoint or via video)
  • Part C is a series of marketing questions and a declaration that you have filled out the application yourself.

More information about the application process can be found in their Applicant Information Pack.

Important things to know

  • Applications close Sunday 19th of July 2020 at midnight AEST
  • You will get an email confirmation within 3 business days confirming we’ve received your application
  • After the closing date, all of the applications will be considered by a selection panel
  • You will find out if you have been offered a place in the Research Program by  email  between  Monday the 24th and  Friday the 28th of August 2020
  • We expect there will be approximately  15 places for autistic participants and 10 places for autism researchers in this year’s program. It is very likely we will receive more applications than this number so  not everyone who applies will be offered a place.

More information on this research program can be found here.