Apply for the Human Genetics Scholars Initiative by June 11, 2020

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Human Genetics Scholars Initiative

Applications for the 2020-22 program are open through June 11, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME

Applications are now being accepted for the Human Genetics Scholars Initiative, a program to advance diversity and inclusion in the genetics and genomics workforce. The program will:

  • Identify, mentor and help prepare a select group of high-potential, diverse early-career individuals for professional success
  • 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 ASHG Annual Meetings (In the event of a virtual meeting, annual meeting travel funds will be available the following 2 years).
  • 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 this two-year, intensive program, applicants must submit an abstract to the ASHG 2020 Annual Meeting by the June 11 deadline, as well as a NIH Biosketch, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. The program is open to U.S. late-stage graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career researchers from underrepresented groups, as defined by NIH guidelines

Further details and the application are available on the program website

Meet the 2019-2021 Scholars


Application website: https://ashg.secure-platform.com/a/page/Human_Genetics_Scholars_Initiative-2020 


Application Requirements

  • CV/Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two recommendation letters from a senior colleague, advisor or mentor
  • Submit an abstract to the ASHG 2020 Annual Meeting by the June 11, 2020 deadline

Program Requirements

  • Attend ASHG 2020 in San Diego and ASHG 2021 in Montreal.
  • 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.

The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.
Need Assistance? Please contact our support team: info@diversityprogramconsortium.org .