Genetics Education & Engagement Fellowship

Applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship will open in February 2020.

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

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 K-12, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and professional audiences.

This fellowship provides experiences working with:

  • NHGRI’s Education and Community Involvement Branch
  • ASHG’s Membership and Education department
  • (optional) Another organization involved in science education or public engagement

Duration of Fellowship: 16 months

Start Date: August to early September (negotiable)

Compensation Package: annual $76k stipend plus benefits

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.

Eligibility
  • 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.
Rotations (approximate)
(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.

September-January

Education and Community Involvement Branch, Division of Policy, Communications, and Education at NHGRI: Participate on a variety of projects related to genomic literacy, education, and public engagement.

February-June

ASHG: Participate in educational or professional development programming involving a range of audiences, including K-12, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and professional audiences.

July-December

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

Candidates are asked in the application materials to explain their motivation, areas of interest, and future plans.

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. One fellow will be selected per year.

Meet Current and Past Fellows

Previous Genetics Education & Engagement Fellows maintain close ties and have moved on to a variety of positions in education and engagement. Explore their current positions and reflections on their fellowships.

Mentors and Contacts

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
American Society of Human Genetics
Email: kpulliam@ashg.org

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