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Genetics Education & Engagement Fellowship

The application for the 2021-2022 fellowship is OPEN. The deadline for submitting an application is April 27, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.  

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) co-sponsor the Genetics Education & Engagement Fellowship to support early-career genetics professionals wishing to transition to careers in genetics education and public engagement. This unique fellowship provides several experiences: working with NHGRI’s Education and Community Involvement Branch; working with the education department at ASHG; and an optional third experience working with another organization involved in substantive science education or public engagement initiatives.

Program Overview

Overview: This fellowship program is designed for genetics professionals (or life scientists with substantial experience in genetics or genomics) who: have an advanced degree, are early in their careers, and are interested in developing and implementing genetic and genomic literacy, engagement, diversity, and/or professional development initiatives for audiences comprising K-12, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and professional. The fellow will participate in rotations at the NHGRI and ASHG, and typically a third organization involved in genetic and genomic literacy, engagement, diversity, or professional development.

For the 2021 and 2022 fellowship application years, NHGRI and ASHG are strongly encouraging fellowship applications from individuals who seek to focus their professional careers to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in science, especially genetics and genomics research. This may include a focus on enhancing scientific workforce diversity at the undergraduate or graduate level; building bridges to engage K-12 students from underrepresented backgrounds; the inclusion of diverse populations in research cohorts; and equitable access to the benefits of science and technology.  Both NHGRI and ASHG are actively building and pursuing diversity, equity and inclusion programs that would engage the fellow during their fellowship term, and the fellowship will provide deep career experiences that will be useful for a wide range of future public, private or non-profit professional roles and career paths.

Duration of Fellowship: 16 months

Start Date: August to early September (negotiable)

Compensation Package: annual $76k stipend plus benefits

Designated Mentor(s):

  • Lawrence Brody, PhD 
    Director, Division of Genomics and Society, NHGRI, NIH
  • Chazeman Jackson, PhD
    Senior Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, ASHG

Attributes of Ideal Candidates:

  • A passion to improve genetic and genomic literacy;
  • An entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Volunteer or paid experience in science education, public engagement, diversity, or similar;
  • Some understanding of science pedagogy; and
  • A desire to advance sponsor organizations’ interests in working with diverse communities.

An ASHG Portal login is required to access the Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship site. This is the login used to join the Society or renew membership. If you do not have a ASHG Portal login, you may create a new account after clicking on "Submit an Application" below and selecting the appropriate option. Upon login, you will be asked to give the submission system permission to access your ASHG account information.

Submit an Application
 

Questions can be directed to:

Lawrence Brody, PhD, Director, Division of Genomics and Society, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Email: lbrody@mail.nih.gov

Chazeman Jackson, PhD, Senior Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, American Society of Human Genetics, Email: cjackson@ashg.org