National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

Fellowship Opportunities

The Department of Bioethics is pleased to offer a limited number of two-year post-doctoral and post-baccalaureate fellowships. Our interdisciplinary department strives to create an academic environment where our fellows have the opportunity to learn many aspects of bioethics, as well as support to develop and implement an independent scholarship agenda, with guidance from faculty mentors. Fellows participate in the activities and the intellectual life of the department, and study ethical issues related to conduct of research, clinical practice, genetics, and health policy.

Post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral fellows participate in weekly bioethics seminars, case conferences, ethics consultations, and IRB deliberations, and have access to multiple educational opportunities at NIH. Fellows conduct mentored conceptual and empirical research related to the ethics of health policy, human subjects research, international research ethics, genetics, or other bioethical topics of interest. For a typical fellow, this research yields multiple first-authored publications in premier academic journals.

Fellowships are two years in length and stipends are based on the applicant's previous experience and the current US government schedule. Past post-doctoral fellows have gone on to academic careers in philosophy, medicine, law, science, health policy, political science, and related departments; some are also active in legal practice, the medical field, and in government jobs. Past post-baccalaureate fellows have attended top graduate programs in numerous fields including medicine, law, public health, health policy, psychology and sociology.

The department prides itself on being a diverse and interdisciplinary community. Fellows have come from a variety of academic and social backgrounds and have pursued research on a wide range of topics. An intellectual environment composed of such different points of view has greatly added to the rigor and success of our program. Fellows are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievements, commitment to scholarship, and the contribution they are likely to make in the field of bioethics.

A two-year bioethics fellowship creates special opportunities for physicians who wish to integrate their clinical or scientific activities during the fellowship. In the past, some physician fellows have been able to develop a customized curriculum to accommodate this need. For example, an NIH Clinical Associate may wish to combine his or her clinical specialty training at NIH with a bioethics fellowship. Those physician candidates interested in this possibility should contact the Department of Bioethics.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2022 fellowship class in fall of 2019.

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