Fellowship in Bioethics, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School

The Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School supports research and teaching on ethical issues in medicine, health, and healthcare policy and practice. The Fellowship in Bioethics is open to physicians, nurses, lawyers, social workers, and others in academic fields related to medicine or health with a serious interest in medical ethics and a wish to further their knowledge of the history, philosophical underpinnings and contemporary practice of bioethics.

Fellows attend a weekly three hour seminar designed to explore a wide range of issues, including ethical theory, clinical ethics, research ethics, and selected topics in public health ethics. Most weeks there is extensive reading and a brief paper. During the year, fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Center for Bioethics and are eligible to participate in Harvard University courses with permission of the course instructor as well as monthly Center seminars and various public programs in bioethics sponsored by the Center. 

Fellows must have external salary support. The fellowship fee is $7,000.  Most Fellows receive this support from their sponsoring institutions, and the Center will assist applicants who would like help approaching their sponsoring institutions with such a request.

Fellows are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement and the contribution they are likely to make as researchers, clinicians, and teachers in medical ethics. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of not more than 750 words, describing the reasons for their interest in the Fellowship, including any particular topics or questions they are most interested in exploring. This letter is an important opportunity for applicants to tell us about themselves, their interests, and their motivations in pursuing training in bioethics. Applicants should also provide two letters of reference and a third letter from their supervisor or key senior staff person, demonstrating institutional support for the candidate’s involvement in the HMS Fellowship and likely opportunities the candidate will have to contribute to bioethics at their home institution, upon completion of the Fellowship.

Deadline for submission of application materials is April 1, 2016.

Applications may be submitted online at bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/fellowship-application

If you have any questions please contact Blair Kahn at blair_kahn@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-5975