Genetics Education & Engagement Fellowship

Apply by Friday, April 27, 2018

Applications for the 2019-2020 fellowship are now open. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 19, 2019.

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Sponsored by:


Beth Tuck, MS, 2014-2015 Genetics & Education Fellow, Julie Nadel, PhD, 2015-16 Genetics & Education Fellow and Teresa Ramirez, PhD 2016-2017 Genetics & Education Fellow.

(L-R) Beth Tuck, MS, 2014-15 Genetics & Education Fellow; Julie Nadel, PhD, 2015-16 Genetics & Education Fellow; and Teresa Ramirez, PhD, 2016-17 Genetics & Education Fellow.

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.

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.


    Julie Nadel, PhD, 2015-16 Genetics & Education Fellow, describes her experience.

    Julie Nadel, PhD, 2015-16 Genetics & Education Fellow, describes her experience.

  • Advanced training in genetics/genomics (e.g., MA, MS, PhD);
  • Eligibility to work in the United States (i.e., the fellowship organizations will not sponsor visas); and
  • 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; and
  • 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 $76k stipend plus benefits

Designated Mentor(s):

  • Carla Easter, PhD
    Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch, NHGRI

  • Kanika Pulliam, PhD
    Senior Manager, Education & Career Development Programs, ASHG
Year Fellow Current Employer Title Third Rotation
2018 Dyanna Christopher ASHG/NHGRI Genetics Education & Engagement Fellow TBD
2016 Teresa Ramirez FASEB Diversity & Inclusion Policy and Outreach Specialist Association of American Medical Colleges
2015 Julie Nadel Johns Hopkins University Senior Program Manager in Graduate Education, Office of the Provost NYC Dept. of Education
2014 Elizabeth Tuck Genspace Director of Science Education National Museum of Natural History

Teresa Ramirez

The fellowship provided me with tools, a supportive network, and the confidence to transition from a bench research position to promoting genetics and science education within many communities.
- 2016-17 Fellow Teresa Ramirez, PhD (Read more about Teresa’s experience on The ASHG Blog)

Julie Nadel

The fellowship was a truly transformative experience that opened my eyes to opportunities in genetics education I was not aware of prior to the fellowship. Being able to work alongside professionals at two of the most renowned genetics institutions allowed me to develop skills relevant to my field, learn about work in the federal government, non-profits, and professional societies, and grow my network within these groups. The fellowship provided access to mentors and an incredibly supportive network of genetics education professionals who have been instrumental to my career.
-2015-2016 Fellow Julie Nadel, PhD (Watch a video interview with Julie about her experience)

Elizabeth Tuck

As a fellow, I was fortunate to work with some amazing mentors and colleagues to design and develop genomic education programs and resources targeted at various audiences: genetics/genomics professionals, K-12 and community college educators, teens, informal educators, and museum visitors from children to seniors. The fellowship gave me time and space to practice working with many different people with different areas of expertise to learn from them, expand my knowledge and skills, and develop a portfolio of work needed to move into this field professionally. Beyond that, the mentorship I received was truly profound for both my professional and personal growth, and I am forever grateful to the folks who helped me along the way. .
- 2014-2015 Fellow Beth Tuck, MA

Rotations (schedule approximate)

Sept. 2019 – Jan. 2020
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 genomic literacy, education, and public engagement.
Feb. 2020 – June 2020
American Society of Human Genetics: Participate in educational or professional development programming involving a range of audiences, including K-12, undergraduate, graduate, health professionals, and the public.
July 2020 – Dec. 2020
Public or private organization involved in genomic literacy, genetics education, public engagement, science communications/outreach, e.g., educational foundations, museums and science centers, curriculum development groups, professional societies, departments of education (optional).

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.

Applications for the 2019-2020 fellowship are now open. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 19, 2019. 


Questions can be directed to:

Carla Easter, PhD
Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Kanika Pulliam, PhD
Senior Manager, Education & Career Development Programs
American Society of Human Genetics