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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.


    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 2016 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 2015.  

    Applications are due on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12 midnight EDT. No applications submitted after this date will be accepted. Please submit your application to Rawan Awwad, MS, CGC at  

    If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the international SIG at

    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) o NSGC AEC presentations to promote the understanding of neurogenetic conditions amongst colleagues and help to encourage new graduates to enter into this specialty o 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 neurologyo 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 wards 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

    Applications will be considered through funding year. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Shawna Feely, 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.

    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.  Dates are specified each round via discussion forum posts and inclusion in NSGC email blasts.  Spring Award applications are generally accepted Mar-mid April.  Fall Award applications generally run mid October-November.

    Award Amount and Description: Decision on the amount depends on SIG budget. 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

    Psychiatric SIG Grant Award

    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. 

    Public Health SIG Grant Award

    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

    Research SIG Grant Award

    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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