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Genetics & Public Policy 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 and Public Policy Fellowship to give genetics professionals an opportunity to contribute to the policy-making process. The fellowship is designed as a bridge for genetics professionals wishing to transition to a policy career. This unique fellowship provides three separate types of experiences: time spent in the National Institutes of Health within the Executive Branch; a staff position on Capitol Hill serving elected officials in the Legislative Branch; and experience working with ASHG in the non-profit science advocacy sector. 

Program Overview

Purpose: This is a fellowship program designed for genetics professionals with an advanced degree who are early in their careers and interested in the development and implementation of genetics-related health and research policies at a national level. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in policy analysis at NHGRI and ASHG, and to work directly within the U.S. Congress.

Duration of Fellowship: 16 months

Start Date: late August to September 1st

Compensation Package: annual $76k stipend plus benefits

Designated Mentors:

  • Cristina Kapustij, MS
    Chief, Policy and Program Analysis Branch, NHGRI

  • Derek Scholes, PhD
    Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, ASHG

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates are expected to have an advanced degree in human genetics or related field. Ideally, candidates will have completed graduate training, but be early in the career development path. In addition to possessing a scientific knowledge base, the candidate must have a well-articulated interest in policy. Demonstrated skills in oral and written communications are essential. United States citizenship is not required, but candidates must be eligible to work in in the U.S. (i.e., the fellowship organizations will not sponsor visas).

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:

Derek Scholes, PhD, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, American Society of Human Genetics dscholes@ashg.org

Cristina Kapustij, MS Chief, Policy and Program Analysis Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute cristina.kapustij@nih.gov