Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship

Funding Agency:
American Society of Human Genetics

Rapid advances in genetics and genomics research have been paralleled by innovations in education, especially those involving effective uses of technology and evidence-based teaching. Inquiry, backward design, formative assessment, and peer instruction are just a few examples of principles that have been demonstrated to improve teaching and learning. However, those principles are not ubiquitous in educational programs. Similarly, public education efforts and the formal genetics curriculum lag behind our enriched understanding of genomic architecture, variation, and their effects on health and disease. For those reasons, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) co-sponsor the Genetics and Education Fellowship, which gives genetics professionals an opportunity to contribute to education program development and research at a national level.

The fellowship is designed as a bridge for genetics professionals wishing to transition to education careers. This unique fellowship provides several experiences: working with NHGRI’s Education and Community Involvement Branch; working with the education department at ASHG; and an optional experience working with another organization involved in substantive science education initiatives. This variety of assignments challenges fellows to view genomics education from several critical viewpoints, to better understand how to effect improvements, to contribute directly to educational program development, and to build a professional network that advances their careers in education.

Deadline: Apr. 27, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.

If an institutional commitment by Duke University or a Duke University institutional signature is required for your application, the application must be reviewed by the Office of Research Administration (for School of Medicine and School of Nursing) or Office of Research Support (Campus Schools and Centers).



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 27, 2018