National Society of Genetic Counselors
    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. 

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    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.

    JEMF Award Information 

    • The JEMF Award application period for 2019 is now closed. Please note, that all JEMF applications are currently under revision. The new application will be made available as soon as possible. Please contact with any questions or concerns. 

    JEMF Advisory Group

    Previous JEMF Awardees

    Information on previous JEMF awardees and JEMF funded project are available here.

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