Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program (applications due by 30 November)—open to aspiring or practicing professional genealogists.

The AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program will provide four scholarships that will cover tuition, round-trip economy travel (airfare, train, or bus), and hotel expenses for one individual each to attend one of the four institutes listed below, not to exceed $2000 per selected recipient. 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.
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Pittsburgh, PA OR 
    Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Amherst, NY
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Athens, GA
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Salt Lake City, UT OR 
    SLIG Academy for Professionals, Salt Lake City, UT

Abbreviated Rules

Applicants are asked to submit the following via the online application:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • 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.
  • Essay:
    • Describe your genealogy career up to this point, where you see yourself in the future as a professional genealogist, and how attending your top-choice institute will benefit your career.
    • Essay must be no less than 500 and no more than 700 words.

Entrants also have the option to send aforementioned items by mail to:

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

Application form will be available October 1, 2018. Applications may be submitted on or after October 1, 2018. Electronic entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, November 30, 2018. Mailed items must be postmarked by November 30, 2018 and received no later than December 5, 2018. A panel of AncestryProGenealogist professionals will review and select by January 31, 2019, four winning essays from the pool of eligible entries. The Grand Prize winner will receive tuition to his or her first choice institute, plus travel and hotel costs, up to a maximum of $2,000. The Second, Third, and Fourth Prize winners will receive tuition, plus travel and hotel costs, up to $2,000 for each awardee, 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 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, 2019. Official Rules 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.

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Application Timeline

Applications due November 30, 2018
Recipients notified on or after January 31, 2019
Announcements made March 1, 2019

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.


2018 AncestryProGenealogists IGHR Scholarship Winner

Peg IvanyoCongratulations to Peg A. Ivanyo winner of the AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship for IGHR. She will be taking Course Eleven – Genetic Genealogy Tools & Techniques: Intermediate DNA for Genealogy with Karen Stanbary in June. Peg is a meeting planner by trade and a genealogist, family historian by passion. She presently works as the director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has previously served as a member of the Utah Genealogical Association Board of Directors, administrator of the Eastern European Family History Conference, member of the Springville Family History Center Training committee, and spent eight years teaching classes and consulting with local church members.

Previous Recipients

2017 -- Denyce Peyton

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