Awards & Grants

Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship

The Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship (JEMF), established in 1991 as a highly prestigious award of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, is an ongoing tribute to Jane Engelberg, who graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1973 with a master's degree in human genetics. During her 15-year career as a genetic counselor, Jane developed expertise in counseling patients on issues related to hemophilia and prenatal diagnosis. In response to the special needs of Spanish-speaking clients, Jane became a bilingual genetic counselor. The human qualities of insight, compassion, and dedication will always be associated with Jane. She worked tirelessly until her death in 1988 from complications of Hodgkin's disease. The JEMF is funded by the Engelberg Foundation, established by Jane's husband, Alfred B. Engelberg. The Engelberg Foundation is a charitable trust that supports a wide range of activities in the fields of healthcare, science, and education. On the 25th anniversary, the Engelberg Foundation gave a $1.5 million gift to permanently endow the award and ensure the ongoing support of genetic counseling research. Watch the JEMF video tribute created to celebrate the anniversary. 


The objectives of the JEMF are to promote the professional development of individual counselors and to improve the practice of genetic counseling by providing support for the scholarly investigation of any aspect of the profession. Such investigation is essential as the profession responds to changes in genetics, health care, and the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of genetic medicine. It is critical, therefore, that any proposed project hold the prospect of significant impact beyond the personal interests or work setting of the applicant.

Award Information 

An NSGC account is required to complete the Full Member, Student Research, and Student Manuscript Award applications. If you do not have an NSGC membership account, please create a free, guest account here

  • Due May 3, 2021 - Click here to submit a proposal for the Full Member Award 
  • Due June 1, 2021Click here to submit an application for the Student Research Award
  • Due June 1, 2021 - Click here to submit an application for the Student Manuscript Award 

Application Resources

Funding Priorities

    • Develop innovative approaches and/or service delivery models for genetic counseling practice
    • Improve access to genetic counseling among underserved populations
    • Promote growth and competence in students and practicing genetic counselors
    • Build a more diverse and inclusive workforce, AND/OR
    • Address an unmet need of a specific client population or populations

Advisory Group

Previous JEMF Awardees

Information on previous JEMF awardees and JEMF funded projects is available here.

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