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Genetics Education & Engagement Fellowship

The application for the 2020-2021 fellowship will open on February 24, 2020. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, April 17, 2020 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.

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, create an ASHG Portal account. Please note: your username is the email address associated with your membership. Upon login, you will be asked to give the submission system permission to access your ASHG account information.

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.

Duration of Fellowship: 16 months

Start Date: August to early September (negotiable)

Compensation Package: annual $76k stipend plus benefits

Designated Mentor(s):

  • Carla Easter, PhD 
    Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch, NHGRI
  • Kanika Pulliam, PhD
    Associate Director, Career Development Programs, 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.

Submit an Application

Questions can be directed to:

Carla Easter, PhD, Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Email: easterc@mail.nih.gov

Kanika Pulliam, PhD, Associate Director, Career Development Programs, American Society of Human Genetics, Email: kpulliam@ashg.org