Application Process

How to Apply

Candidates interested in applying for the AID-GC Scholarship will apply directly to the consortia schools they are interested in.

Step 2: Apply

Applying for the AID-GC scholarship will be part of the admissions process at each of the consortium programs.

All five programs will use the same essay prompt:

In actively helping to diversify the field, what may be some ways to promote the inclusion of underrepresented voices in genetic counseling in the future? (word limit 300)

Deadline and admissions instructions vary from program to program, so be sure to carefully read each program’s website.

Step 3: Interviews

Consortium programs will review their applications and select the candidates they want to interview according to their individual admissions guidelines. Admission to a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program is a competitive process, with more applicants each year than can be admitted to a program, or even interviewed. Those invited to interview with a program can use that opportunity to learn more about the AID-GC Scholarship.

Step 4: Ranking the AID-GC Scholarship in the NMS Match

All accredited Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Programs and applicants seeking to enroll in a program participate in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match (GC Admissions Match) through the National Matching Service. The GC Admissions Match uses an algorithm to match applicants with the programs they wish to attend and help programs obtain applicants of their choice. The results of the Match are binding on both programs and applicants. You can learn more about the Match at

Each of the AID-GC Consortia programs will have a specific track for the AID-GC Scholarship.

What do scholars receive?

Full-tuition scholarships for the length of their programs. 

An educational fellowship to aid them in the pursuit of their studies and further their education and training.

Faculty mentors to support their education.

Travel expenses to attend program meetings in Philadelphia twice each year.

Professional mentors, practicing genetic counselors, to focus on career development. This support is essential as graduates will enter a profession with few role models.

Travel and registration expenses for the NSGC meeting in their second year.