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.
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.
Attributes of Ideal Candidates:
Duration of Fellowship: 16 months
Start Date: August to early September (negotiable)
Compensation Package: annual $72,000 stipend plus benefits
|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|
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
Derek Scholes, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy
American Society of Human Genetics
Last Updated: March 22, 2018