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Genetics and Education and Engagement Fellowship

The application period for the 2018 Genetics Education and Engagement Fellowship has closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2019 Fellowship in February 2019.

Education fellows. Credit: ASHG

Sponsored by:

The American Society of Human Genetics
The National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health


Rapid advances in genetics and genomics research and personalized medicine have been paralleled by innovations in science education and public engagement. 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.

NOTE: This is NOT a clinical or research fellowship. Trainees and early-career scientists interested in tenure-track academic research careers should investigate other opportunities.

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Fellowship Description

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.


  • Advanced training in genetics/genomics (e.g., M.A., M.S., Ph.D.).
  • Eligibility to work in the United States (i.e., the fellowship organizations will not sponsor visas).
  • An intention to work in genetics/genomics education or engagement in the U.S. after the fellowship.

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.
  • A desire to advance sponsor organizations' interests in working with diverse communities. 

Duration of Fellowship: 16 months
Start Date: August to early September (negotiable)
Compensation Package: annual $72,000 stipend plus benefits

Designated Mentor(s):
  • Carla Easter, Ph.D.
    Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch, NHGRI
  • Kanika Pulliam, Ph.D.
    Senior Manager, Education & Career Development Programs, ASHG
Current and Former Fellows: Where They Are Now 
Year Fellow Current Employer Title Third Rotation
2016 Teresa Ramirez FASEB Program Manager Association of American Medical Colleges
2015 Julie Nadel NY Academy of Sciences Program Manager NYC Dept. of Education
2014 Elizabeth Tuck NHGRI Management Analyst: Genomics Education National Museum of Natural History
Rotations (schedule approximate)
  • Sept. 2018 - Jan. 2019
    Education and Community Involvement Branch, Division of Policy, Communications, and Education at NHGRI
    Participate as a member of the Branch on a variety of projects related to genomics education.
  • Feb. 2019 - June 2019
    American Society of Human Genetics
    Participate in educational research and/or program development involving a range of audiences, including K-12, undergraduate, graduate, professional, and the public.
  • July 2019 - Dec. 2019
    Public or private organization involved in genetics education, e.g., Smithsonian Institution, National Science Foundation, educational foundations, museums, curriculum development groups (optional)
    Participate in educational program administration, grant oversight and evaluation, science policy development, curriculum development, public outreach.

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Selection Process

A committee of representatives from ASHG and NHGRI will review application materials in May and interview finalists in early June. The selected fellows will be notified in early July. Candidates are asked in the application materials to explain their motivation, areas of interest, and future plans.


Questions can be directed to:

Carla Easter, Ph.D.
Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Kanika Pulliam, Ph.D.
Senior Manager, Education & Career Development Programs
American Society of Human Genetics

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Last Updated: July 20, 2018

See Also:

The Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship