William Allan Award

The William Allan Award is the top prize given by the American Society of Human Genetics. It was established in 1961 in memory of William Allan (1881-1943), who was one of the first American physicians to conduct extensive research in human genetics. The Allan Award is presented annually to recognize substantial and far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics, carried out over a sustained period of scientific inquiry and productivity. The recipient is presented with an engraved medal and a monetary award of $25,000 at the ASHG Annual Meeting. The Allan Award winner is also invited to present a 30-45 minute address at the ASHG Annual Meeting, and it is customary to publish a manuscript of the presentation in The American Journal of Human Genetics.

Nominations will be solicited from the ASHG Awards Committee and the general membership. This award is given on a yearly basis but can be omitted in any given year at the discretion of the Board.

Past William Allan Awardees 

Nomination Requirements

All William Allan candidates must be an ASHG member. Candidates can self-nominate, or be nominated by a colleague, mentor, mentee, etc. The Awards Committee will review all nominations.

Required Nomination Materials

  • One nomination letter
  • Two letters supporting the nomination
  • Candidate’s resume or CV

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