Ancestry has established the AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program to foster and support professional genealogists in their ongoing development efforts. The scholarships, being awarded for the first time this year, will be awarded to four aspiring or practicing professional genealogists and cover certain expenses of attending one of four U.S.-based genealogical institutes.


The AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program will provide four scholarships that will cover tuition, round-trip standard economy airfare (Ancestry may substitute appropriate ground transportation for awardees who live within 300 miles of the applicable institute), and hotel expenses for one individual each to attend one of the four institutes listed below.  The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who demonstrate a commitment to genealogy as a profession, a desire for professional development, and the ability to communicate that commitment in writing.


Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) Washington, D.C. July 10-14, 2017
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) Pittsburgh, PA June 25-30, 2017 or July 16-21, 2017
Institute on Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) Athens, GA July 23-28, 2017
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) Salt Lake City, UT January 21-26, 2018

Abbreviated Rules

Applicants are asked to submit the following via mail or email:

  1. Name
  2. Mailing Address
  3. Email Address
  4. Phone Number
  5. Resume: Your current resume, irrespective of any genealogical experience.
    • Institute Preference: Rank the four U.S.-based genealogical institutes based on your preference for attendance, from highest (1) to lowest (4): Gen-Fed, GRIP, IGHR, or SLIG. For GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG, specify which course you would like to take.  Gen-Fed offers only one course.
  6. Essay
    • Describe your experience to date, aspirations as a genealogical professional, and how attending your top-choice institute/course will benefit your career.
    • Essay must be no less than 500 and no more than 700 words.


Applications may be submitted on or after November 21, 2016.  Electronic entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, December 31, 2016.  Mailed entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2016, and received by January 5, 2017.  A panel of AncestryProGenealogist professionals will review and select by January 31, 2017, four winning essays from the pool of eligible entries.  Each entry will be judged based on the clear relationship between the submission and the following criteria: (1) sense of commitment to genealogy as a profession (40%); (2) sense of desire for professional development (40%); and (3) ability to communicate that commitment and desire in writing (20%).  The Grand Prize winner will receive tuition to his or her first choice institute, plus travel and hotel costs.  The Second, Third, and Fourth Prize winners will receive tuition, plus travel and hotel costs, to their first choice institute, unless already chosen by a higher place awardee, in which case the next applicable and available choice will apply.  The approximate retail value of each prize is $1,200 - $2,000.  The judges’ decisions with respect to the selection of the awardees and the interpretation of the Official Rules will be final.  The names of the four selected recipients will be announced on by March 1, 2017. The Official Rules, which shall control over these Abbreviated Rules, are available here

By submitting your application, including any personal information contained therein, you attest that the information provided is true and correct and that the essay is original work by you. You also agree to be bound by the Official Rules and consent to the collection and use of your personal information in accordance with Ancestry’s Privacy Statement, available here, which provides in part that Ancestry or AncestryProGenealogists may contact you via the information you’ve provided for other future opportunities sponsored by Ancestry or AncestryProGenealogists.  Please see the Official Rules before submitting your application.

Please direct inquires to

Application Address

Send electronic applications to:

Send printed applications to:

Scholarship Program
c/o AncestryProGenealogists
324 S. State St., Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Application Timeline

  • Applications due December 31, 2016.
  • Potential Recipients notified on or after January 31, 2017.
  • Announcements made on or after March 1, 2017.

Qualifications and Limitations

  • Applicants must be aspiring or practicing professional genealogists.
  • Applicants must be at least the age of majority in their state of residence at time of entry.
  • Applicants must be residents of the 50 United States, and Washington D.C.  Void where prohibited by law, and void for residents of all U.S. overseas territories, commonwealths, possessions, and military locations.
  • Applicants may submit only one application for this year’s contest.
  • Winning applicants must know and have all pre-requisites for a course.  Please see the applicable institute’s website for information on courses and pre-requisites.
  • Scholarship is not available to employees of Ancestry, Alliance Sweepstakes, or any of their respective affiliated companies, their immediate family members or members of their households.

Recipient Responsibilities

  • Recipients, upon notification of scholarship award, must provide AncestryProGenealogists a current photograph and short biographical sketch (maximum 100 words) for publicity purposes.
  • To receive an award, recipients must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release
  • Recipients are asked, upon completion of the institute, to provide AncestryProGenealogists a description of their institute experience (general information, key learnings, notable experiences, etc.), of 100 to 250 words, for publicity purposes.
  • Any scholarship funds received under this program are not excludable from a recipient’s income.  Accordingly, recipients are responsible for reporting and paying all applicable local, state, and/or federal income taxes. Winners will receive a Form 1099 for the applicable prize amount.