We are no longer accepting applications. The application deadline was June 13, 2019.

ASHG, in partnership with NHGRI, Color Genomics, and Biogen, is pleased to provide the Human Genetics Scholars Initiative, a program launched in April 2019 to help advance diversity and inclusion in the field. The program will:

  1. identify, mentor and help prepare a select group of high-potential, diverse early-career individuals for professional success
  2. develop and sustain a community of researchers across generations committed to diversity and inclusion, who are willing to foster sustained attention to these issues in their research institutions and training programs.

ASHG recognizes there is a great need to promote diversity and inclusion in the human genetics research workforce—a need reinforced by many studies of the larger research community and experience within human genetics. Greater diversity would welcome and include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds (as defined by the National Institutes of Health).

Over the course of this two-year, intensive program, each scholar will receive:

  • Complimentary ASHG membership for two years.
  • Complimentary registration, travel, and hotel accommodation for two ASHG Annual Meetings.
  • A dedicated mentor for the two-year period, and support in identifying and building other potential mentor relationships, such as peer and subject-matter mentors.
  • $1,000 annually in enrichment funds for qualified career development of their choosing.

To be considered for an award in 2019, eligible applicants must:

*Underrepresented groups include:

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians (who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment) or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other U.S. Pacific Islanders (Guam, American Samoa);
  • Individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds and those who come from an educational environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.


Application Requirements

Program Requirements

  • Attend ASHG 2019 in Houston and ASHG 2020 in San Diego.
  • Participate in monthly webinars or small group chat sessions to help build community and explore professional development topics.
  • Engage in mentor relationship with assigned mentor and develop network of additional mentors.
  • Attend other scientific events or professional development programs to advance career using enrichment funds.
  • Plan and lead public education/engagement activity in your community with resources from the NHGRI engagement program during the second year of the program.

Congratulations to our 2019 Human Genetics Scholars:

  • Paola Giusti-Rodriguez, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Latrice Landry, PhD, Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Public Health/BWH/DFCI
  • Candace Middlebrooks, PhD, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
  • Derrick Morton, PhD, Emory University
  • Christopher Robles, BS, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Athena Starlard-Davenport, PhD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Jason Torres, PhD, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics
  • Krystal Tsosie, MPH, MA, Vanderbilt University
  • Thank you to our program partners for their support!

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    Please contact Kanika Pulliam, PhD, Associate Director, Career Development Programs, at kpulliam@ashg.org with any questions.