The American Society of Human Genetics honors excellence in the field through a variety of awards programs each year that strive to recognize accomplishment throughout the field embers across spans of career stage and backgrounds. More information on awards that appear at the annual meeting is below.

ASHG has more than $200,000 in award support available in 2023 for abstract authors; abstracts were due June 12.

Professional Awards

2022 ASHG President Charles Rotimi Presents Cinnamon Bloss, PhD with the 2022 Mentorship Award

Each year, ASHG recognizes outstanding members of the human genetics and genomics community with its seven annual professional awards. Nominations are collected from members each spring and winners are recognized at the ASHG Annual Meeting.

AJHG Award for Outstanding Trainee Publication and HGG Advances Award for Outstanding Early Career Publication

Each September, the editorial board of The American Journal of Human Genetics selects two trainee-authored articles published in AJHG in the previous year that best represent outstanding scientific contributions to the field of human genetics. These two authors are awarded the AJHG Award for Outstanding Trainee Publication with a monetary award of $1,000. The editorial board of Human Genetics and Genomics Advances also selects two junior investigator-authored articles published in HGGA for recognition. Winners are announced in October.

ASHG Award for Trainee Research Excellence

Qualifying trainee abstract authors will be asked to indicate interest during the abstract submission process.

ASHG offers the ASHG Award for Trainee Research Excellence (formerly known as the Charles J Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research) awards for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. These merit-based awards recognize highly competitive abstracts submitted and presented at the ASHG Annual Meeting.  A listing of this year’s semi-finalist and finalists will be available in September. Winners are selected at the Annual Meeting and announced in November.

Resource-Limited Travel Awards

Developing Country Awardees gathered to celebrate their research accomplishments at the 2019 Diversity Reception.

Qualifying abstract authors are asked to indicate interest during the abstract submission process.

ASHG provides up to 10 awards to individuals living in countries categorized by the World Bank as having low-income or lower-middle-income economies (see the list of eligible countries). Award recipients receive up to $3,000 (USD) for meeting-related travel expenses, complimentary meeting registration, and complimentary membership.

As a subset of ASHG’s Resource Limited Travel Awards, in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), ASHG is pleased to announce the return of the H3Africa Travel Awards. The additional awards will enable 25 genetics trainees and/or early- to mid-career investigators who are citizens of and currently working in eligible African countries to attend the ASHG 2023 Annual Meeting. Award recipients receive up to $3,000 (USD) for meeting-related travel expenses and complimentary meeting registration.

For more information on ASHG’s Resource Limited Travel Awards and H3Africa Travel Awards, please visit our website. A listing of this year’s recipients will be available in September.

Human Genetic Scholars Initiative:

The Human Genetics Scholars Initiative is a 2-year intensive mentorship program for individuals from underrepresented groups aimed at identifying, mentoring, and helping prepare a select group of high-potential, diverse early-career individuals for professional success.

The HGSI Scholars



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