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ASHG-NHGRI Genomics Communications Fellowship

Applications for the 2024-2026 fellowship closed November 30th, 2023.

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) co-sponsor the Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship to provide an opportunity for science professionals to become skilled in human genomics communications. Fellows will actively participate in the development and dissemination of innovative and newsworthy communications products to help people learn about genomics and its expanding role in science, medicine, and society.

The fellowship provides experiences working within: the National Institutes of Health within NHGRI’s Office of Communications, ASHG’s Communications and Public Engagement team, and a third site in the DC area, based on the fellows’ interests and career goals. A bimonthly colloquium will provide dedicated learning about the many facets of science and public service. The program will include opportunities to engage directly with eminent researchers and leaders in federal agencies, congressional offices, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other organizations dedicated to science in the public service.

Duration of Fellowship: 2 years

Start Date: July 1, 2024

Location: Bethesda, MD (NHGRI); Rockville, MD (ASHG); Washington, DC

Compensation and Benefits: Annual $79,000 salary plus benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance; retirement plan matching; and a training/travel allowance.


Applicants for this fellowship must meet all the criteria below.

Applicants must:

  • Have earned (or will earn prior to the start of the Fellowship) an advanced degree (e.g., Masters, PhD, MD, or JD).
  • Have demonstrated expertise and/or interest relevant to human genetics or genomics.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States as visa sponsorship is not available.

Employment offers will be contingent upon a satisfactory federal background check.

    If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact fellowships@ashg.org.

    An ASHG Portal login is required to access the Genomics Communications Fellowship site. This is the login used to join the Society or renew membership. If you do not have a 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.


    ASHG is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including for disability and veteran status.  All eligible applicants may apply.   The Society is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of human genetics and genomics professionals, welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, and strongly encourages individuals to apply who:

    • are from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the genetics and genomics fields;
    • have a disability;
    • are/were Pell Grant-eligible in college;
    • are/were enrolled in Tribal Colleges and Universities, community colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs);
    • identify as LGBTQ+;
    • were disadvantaged by life circumstances that have negatively impacted their educational opportunities; and/or
    • have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and support for a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds.

    Questions can be directed to fellowships@ashg.org.