Fellowships, NIH Bioethics

Fellowships, NIH Bioethics

Post-doctoral & post-baccalaureate fellowships – Bioethics

  • Post-doctoral application deadline: Midnight January 1, 2021 EST
  • Post-baccalaureate application deadline: Midnight January 16, 2021 EST

The National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics is pleased to offer a limited number of two-year post-doctoral and post-baccalaureate fellowships. Fellows participate in the activities and the intellectual life of our interdisciplinary department and study ethical issues related to biomedical research, clinical practice, genetics, biotechnology, public health, and health policy. They conduct mentored theoretical and empirical research on a range of bioethical fields of interest. For a typical fellow, this research yields multiple first-authored publications in premier academic journals. In addition to research and writing, fellows participate in weekly bioethics seminars, case conferences, ethics consultations, and IRB deliberations, and have access to multiple educational opportunities at NIH. No prior bioethics experience is required or expected.

Fellowships begin annually in September. Stipends are commensurate with NIH Intramural Research Training Award guidelines.

NIH Intramural Research Training Award eligibility guidelines require applicants for the post-baccalaureate fellowship to hold an undergraduate or graduate degree completed no more than 3 years prior to the start date of the fellowship for a bachelor’s and no more than 6 months prior for a master’s. Students planning to pursue MD, JD, PhD or other graduate degrees are encouraged to apply for post-baccalaureate fellowships. Only U.S. citizens or U.S. Legal Permanent Residents are eligible for post-baccalaureate fellowships.

NIH Intramural Research Training Award eligibility guidelines require applicants for the post-doctoral fellowship to hold a doctoral degree completed no more than 5 years prior to the start date of the fellowship. Applications are welcome from all disciplines, including but not limited to philosophy, law, and medicine. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible for post-doctoral fellowships.

Applications comprise: resume/CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of interest, and one or two writing samples. Writing samples should total fewer than 30 double-spaced pages and should demonstrate the applicant’s analytical or critical thinking ability. They need not be on a bioethics topic. Most successful applicants submit samples that defend a position or analyze an argument. The statement of interest should be up to 1000 words and explain how the fellowship fits into your career goals and what potential bioethics topics you would like to investigate. You may also choose to discuss how you can lend a unique perspective to the department or contribute to the department’s diversity. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.bioethics.nih.gov/education/index.shtml

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