Human Genetics Scholars Initiative (for PhD students & Postdocs)

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Friday, 18 June 2021

Applications for the 2021-23 program opened on April 28, 2021. The deadline is June 18, 2021.

2021-23 Human Genetics Scholars Initiative Application 

Have questions about the program and the application process? View Recorded Q&A Interest Session with current scholars, Paola Giusti-Rodriguez, PhD and Trenell Mosley.

ASHG, in partnership with NHGRI, Biogen, GSK, Roche, and Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) 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.

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 In-Person 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 apply for the program, applicants must:

  • Be a late-stage graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or early-career researcher.
  • Be from an underrepresented group as defined by the National Institutes of Health guidelines.*
  • Submit an abstract to the ASHG 2021 Annual Meeting by the June 10, 2021 deadline.
  • Complete the application form by June 18, 2021.
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident with legal status.

Application Requirements

  • CV/Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two recommendation letters from a senior colleague, advisor or mentor
  • Submit an abstract to the ASHG 2021 Annual Meeting by the June 10, 2021 deadline

Program Requirements

  • Attend two in-person meetings.
  • 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.

ASHG members can also get involved in this program by becoming a mentor to a future scholar!

Please contact Kanika Pulliam, PhD, Director, Career Programs and Workforce Diversity, at with any questions.