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Advocacy Certificate for Human Genetics & Genomics Trainees (ACGT) Program

The application for the 2024 program is now OPEN. The deadline for submitting an application is January 5, 2024 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.  

The Advocacy Certificate for Human Genetics and Genomics Trainees (ACGT) is a program for trainee ASHG members that will provide an introduction to science policy and advocacy and help trainees build their professional skills. The ACGT program is designed for trainees who are interested in pursuing a research or clinical career but who would like to explore science policy and what it means to be an advocate for human genetics and genomics research.

Program Overview

Purpose: This year-long program will give trainees the opportunity to participate in several policy and advocacy-related activities including a virtual Capitol Hill Day and monthly training webinars. ACGT participants will also complete their own individual policy project or activity that will enable deeper learning on a specific policy topic, such as drafting an op-ed or meeting with their local Congressional office.

Duration of program: February - December 2024

Start Date: February 15, 2024

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates must be a current ASHG trainee member (resident/clinical fellow, postdoc, or graduate student). No prior experience or training is required but candidates should be able to articulate their interest in policy and advocacy. ASHG expects that participants in the ACGT program will join all monthly sessions, fully participate in all Q&As and discussions, and complete all assignments. 

An ASHG Portal login is required to access the Advocacy Certificate for Human Genetics & Genomics Trainees (ACGT) program site. This is the login used to join the Society or renew membership. If you do not have an ASHG Portal login, you may create a new account after clicking on "Submit an Application" below and selecting the appropriate option. Upon login, you will be asked to give the submission system permission to access your ASHG account information.

Submit an Application

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