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    Awards & Grants

    NSGC Special Interest Group Grant Awards


    The Assisted Reproductive Technology and Infertility Special Interest Group (ART SIG) formalized this grant award program in 2013. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to research projects which focus on topics related to genetic services in this field. This grant award is only available to current ART SIG members. The amount of the award will vary from year to year, depending on the current budget and other ART SIG projects which require funding. Applications can be submitted each year between November 1 - January 31.

    Primary contact: Andria Besser, BEd, MS, CGC 

    ART/Infertility SIG Award Guidelines: ART/Infertility SIG Grant Award Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria can be accessed here.


    The CA-SIG Grant Award (CSGA) was created in 2002 to provide money for smaller projects that focus on the provision and study of cancer genetic services. The amount of money available for projects is different from year to year as it is based on the anticipated budget surplus. Proposals are due on February 15th of each year

    Any questions or concerns about the Cancer SIG Grant Award should be directed to the current CSGA Chair, Stephanie Cohen, at

    Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines - Detailed information about the CSGA application and funding process.


    The purpose of the NSGC Education Special Interest Group is to promote communication among genetic counselors whose work or interests include the education of patients, healthcare providers, the public, the next generation of genetic counselors, and students of all ages. The Education SIG promotes discussion and sharing of educational topics, ideas, strategies, and resources. In addition, the Education SIG helps to promote and support the role of genetic counselors in education. Enabling genetic counselors to become better educators will strengthen awareness and recognition of the genetic counseling profession. 

    • Current NSGC members in good standing may submit an application. Education SIG (ED SIG) membership is not required.  Applicants must submit their NSGC member number within their application. Genetic counseling students should submit the NSGC member number for their research mentor.
    • Grant award(s) will be given to (a) member(s) whose research meets the aims of the Education SIGs mission statement selected by the Education Special Interest Group Award Committee (EDSAC).
    • Multiple awards may be selected, depending on the quality of applications. Final decision of awards is reserved for the EDSAC with distribution of monies dependent on proposed budget, review scores, and applicability to the general advancement of education research. 

    The application deadline is June 1st, 2016 11:59 pm Pacific Time.  View the Budget Template and Award Guidelines. Please submit applications to Megan Tucker at


    In an effort to promote research on international genetic counseling issues, the NSGC International SIG is providing one $500 scholarship to a genetic counseling professional or student who is interested in focusing their research project on a topic related to international genetic counseling issues. This scholarship is open to interested applicants worldwide, and is not restricted to NSGC members, although collaboration with an NSGC member is highly encouraged. To apply for this scholarship, please submit your proposal (maximum of 500 words) describing the project and how the award will be used. The winner of the scholarship will need to provide the SIG with receipts of their expenses in 2017 and return unused funds, if any. The winner must also share the findings/conclusions of their project with the NSGC membership through a publication, presentation, poster, article, or other. Genetic counseling students must be enrolled, and in good standing, at a genetic counseling training program in the fall of 2016. 

    Applications are due on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 12 midnight EDT. No applications submitted after this date will be accepted. Please submit your application to the chairs of the international SIG at or

    Neurogenetics SIG Grant Award

    The purpose of the NSGC Neurogenetics SIG Grant Award is to promote the mission of this SIG by helping to fund projects which focus on genetic conditions that affect the nervous system and/or the importance of genetic counselors in the care of patients with these conditions.

    • Eligibility: Current NSGC members in good standing may submit an application. Neurology SIG membership is not required. Applicants must submit their NSGC member number within their application. Genetic counseling students should submit the NSGC member number for their research mentor.
    • Grant Award: This will be awarded to a member or student whose research project/presentation supports the aims of the Neurology SIGs mission statement. Projects or presentations that may be considered include (but are not limited to)
      • NSGC AEC presentations to promote the understanding of neurogenetic conditions amongst colleagues and help to encourage new graduates to enter into this specialty
      • Research projects such as those performed by graduate students or genetic counselors which help to understand the role that genetic counselors play in this patient population and highlight the need for genetic counselors in neurology
      • Advocacy programs/projects which help to spread public awareness about neurogenetic conditions and/or genetic counselors who specialize in working with patients who are affected by neurogenetic disease
    • Award Amount: Depending on budgetary restrictions, Grant Awards may be limited to one per year with the final decision of awards reserved for the Neurogenetics SIG Chair. Final decision is dependent on proposed budget, applicability to the Neurogenetics SIG mission. No minimum or maximum award amount at this time, based on annual NSGC Neurogenetics SIG budget. 

    Eligibility Criteria, Application and Guidelines

    Application Deadline: Applications are due September 1, 2016. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Jennifer Roggenbuck, MS, CGC at


    The goal of the NSGC Prenatal SIG Grant Award is to support research projects related to preconception/prenatal genetics and to promote development in this area of genetic counseling. The purpose of this award is to provide limited funds to smaller projects that focus on the provision and study of prenatal genetic services. 

    Eligibility: Current NSGC Prenatal SIG members or student NSGC members in good standing may submit an application. Prenatal SIG membership is not required for students.

    Deadlines:  Grant is awarded twice per year.  The fall application process is currently open. Proposals may be submitted until Friday, May 6th, 2016, 11:59 p.m., CST. A determination of which proposal(s) will be funded shall be made by May 20th, 2016. The PSGA will notify the authors of the funded proposal(s) as well as the authors of the unfunded proposals. The awardee(s) must accept the award in writing via email within 4 business days of notification.  

    Award Amount and Description: This year, we can happily offer up to $1200 depending on the number of applicants awarded. Current grant award guidelines and more information can be found here.

    Primary Contact: For more information about this award opportunity, please contact Whitney Dobek at


    Overview: The Psychiatric SIG created a grant award in 2008 to support genetic counseling students' research projects with themes relevant to psychiatric genetic counseling. The award amount will depend upon the SIG budget but typically ranges from $250-$600.

    Eligibility Criteria & Deadline: This award is available to genetic counseling students currently enrolled in an accredited training program. The deadline to apply for the award is typically a Friday in mid-May (May 15 at 11:59pm EST for 2015). 

    Primary Contact: Rena Vanzo is the current Chair of the Psychiatric SIG Grant Award Committee (term from January 2014 – December 2015). Please direct any questions or comments to Grant award applications should be submitted directly to Rena at the email address listed above.

    More information along with helpful application hints and grant review guidelines can be accessed here. 


    The PH SIG Grant Award was developed in 2008 to promote the incorporation of genetics and genetic counseling into public health theory and practice by genetic counseling trainees of accredited training programs. This award allows use of SIG funds to support one or more student research projects. For this award cycle we have a minimum of $400 available.

    Eligibility Criteria: Genetic Counseling trainees of an accredited training program who are current NSGC members in good standing may submit an application. Public Health SIG membership is not required.  Trainees must submit their NSGC member number within their application.  Grant award(s) will be given to (a) student(s) whose thesis research meets the aims of the Public Health SIGs mission statement selected by the PHSAC.

    Primary Contact: Detailed application instructions and details can be obtained by contacting: Marisa Raymond, MS, MPH, CGC (electronic correspondence only)

    Deadline: Proposals must be submitted electronically to Marisa Raymond at


    The Research Special Interest Group (SIG) Grant Award (RSGA) was created in 2012 to provide monetary support to genetic counselors involved in research who are members of the Research Special Interest Group.

    Eligibility Criteria: These awards are available to Research SIG members and current genetic counseling students in an accredited training program.

    Primary Contact: Jamie L'Heureux, Chair of the Research SIG Grant Award Committee. Please direct any questions or comments by or by phone at 515-570-9399.

    Additionally, any grant award applications should be submitted directly to Jamie L'Heureux at the above email address.

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