Fellowships, Jobs, Scholarships & Prizes

Fellowship Opportunity: ORISE Research Associate Fellowship
Deadline: April 17, 2015
Position DescriptionA fellowship opportunity for recent graduates is available within the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Bioethics Commission provides advice and counsel to the President of the United States on bioethical issues that emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. Through engaging in original research, holding public meetings, and developing reports and other materials for public distribution, the Bioethics Commission works on identifying and promoting policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner.

The selected participant will be involved in research, writing, and administrative activities related to bioethics, healthcare, science, and public policy. Team activities may include:

  • research and writing report drafts, substantive background memos, and blog posts;
  • report drafting and editing;
  • meeting planning and support;
  • other research support activities as assigned.

The Research Participation Program for DHHS is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of the Bioethics Commission, contingent on the availability of funds and project needs. The participant will receive a monthly stipend based on educational level and experience based on the GS-scale. The participant must show proof of health insurance or secure health insurance through this placement. The placement will be full-time at OASH in Washington, D.C., telework is not available. Participants do not become employees of OASH, DHHS, or the program administrator. There are no fringe benefits paid.


  • A masters or undergraduate degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public health, bioethics, or a related field received from an accredited college or university within the last five years.
  • Experience and interest demonstrated in the field of science, healthcare, and/or bioethics preferred.

How to Apply: To be considered, please send:

  • A cover letter,
  • A current CV, and
  • One writing sample

to Ms. Esther Yoo at info@bioethics.gov . Please put “ORISE Fellowship Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted by the close of business on April 17, 2015.

Certificate Program in Pediatric Bioethics
NOTE: While the website says the deadline is past, the program coordinators have told us that they are still accepting applications until they reach their limit, and there are less than 10 spots remaining for the 2015-2016 cohort.

Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center in Kansas City is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Certificate Program in Pediatric Bioethics.  The program begins in Kansas City September 10-12, 2015.

The Children’s Mercy Center for Bioethics Certificate Program is a nine-month program taught by faculty from the Children’s Mercy Hospital and the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  It is the only ethics program in the United States that focuses exclusively on pediatrics.  The program is designed to help clinicians understand common pediatric bioethical issues.

Our first four classes included doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, health care administrators and policy makers from the U.S., Canada, India, Malawi, Mexico, and Norway. “We want to train teachers who can go back to their home institutions and help others become better clinicians,” says John Lantos, MD, the Director of the Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center.

The Certificate Program runs from September to May.  It begins and ends with an intensive weekend on-site in Kansas City, Mo.  For the rest of the year, students and faculty meet on-line to discuss carefully selected readings and participate in monthly webinars with internationally known speakers.  Each student works with faculty mentors to prepare a project related to pediatric practice.

The program covers a number of key topic areas in pediatric bioethics, including the role of ethics committees, practical techniques in ethics consultation, futility and moral distress, end-of-life decisions, pediatric palliative care, research ethics, biobanking and genetics, enhancement, issues in adolescent medicine, and immunization controversies.  The students read and analyze works of literature, legal cases, and articles from medical and bioethics journals.

We will consider applications and make decisions about acceptance as they are received.  A brief description of the program including tuition, travel and accommodations, and an application can be found here. We hope you will consider participating in our program in 2015-2016.  Please contact us at cmbc@cmh.edu with any questions.

Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute Fellowship
We are not currently accepting applications for the HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Summer Institute. Check back in autumn 2015 for information on applying to the 2016 Summer Institute.

Santander Universities/Fordham Ethics and Society Scholarship
Please click here for more information.

Fordham University Ethics and Morality Paper Prize
All Fordham University undergraduate students are eligible for the Dr. K. York and M. Noelle Chynn Prize in Ethics. The deadlines for paper submission are December 2014 and March 2015. Click here to read 2013’s prize-winning papers. The 2014 winning papers will be posted in the Student Voices section of Ethics & Society beginning in September 2014.

Fellowship Opportunity: Postdoctoral /Post Baccalaureate Bioethics Fellowship at the NIH
Our interdisciplinary department strives to create an academic environment where our fellows have the freedom and support to develop and implement their own independent scholarship agenda, with guidance from faculty mentors. Post baccalaureate and post doctoral 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. Fellows will 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 bioethics experience is required or expected.

Two-year positions begin September 2015. Students planning to pursue MD, JD, PhD or other graduate degrees or those who have achieved these degrees are encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with Federal guidelines. Applications should include: resume/CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, one or more writing sample(s) that demonstrate analytical or critical thinking ability (not to exceed 30 pages collectively), three letters of recommendation (preferably from individuals familiar with your academic work), and up to a 1000-word statement of interest which may include discussion of how the fellowship fits into your career goals and potential topics you would like to investigate while here. You may also choose to discuss how you can lend a unique perspective to the department or contribute to the department’s diversity. Non US citizens are welcome to apply but MUST have doctoral degree or be currently enrolled in graduate school.


No bioethics experience is required or expected.
Post-bacs: Must have received bachelor’s degree within the last 5 years.
Post-docs: Must have received doctoral degree within the last 5 years.

Please see the full listing for more details. 

The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics: Essay Contest 2015
Deadline: Online by December 8, 2014, 5 p.m. P.S.T.

The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest, now in its 26th year, challenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.

Open to full-time college juniors and seniors. Winning students are eligible for an internship, and a chance for their essay to be published in a nationally recognized publication.

Please visit their website for online entry and detailed guidelines.

Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship Program
Deadline: December 1, 2014

The 2014-2015 GHES application round is now open! The Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) program offers a unique international experience for postdoctoral fellows, and advanced PhD and professional school students. It provides one-year research training fellowship opportunities in global health at top-ranked, NIH-funded centers abroad.

The GHES program is one of five supported by the Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars funded by the Fogarty International Center at NIH. Led by Dr. Lee W. Riley at the School of Public Health, this program brings together a consortium that includes the University of California, Berkeley, Florida International University, Stanford University, and Yale University.

This program supports a one-year mentored research fellowship for trainees to study slum-related health topics/challenges. Fellows will spend eight to ten months in low-resource settings at one of the 19 program project sites. The research topics can range from infectious diseases to non-communicable chronicle diseases, environmental health, mental health, urban planning, engineering, education, and others.

This fellowship is designed for citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and is open to applicants affiliated with the U.S. institutions of the consortium. Low- and middle-income country scholars who work at a pre-approved fellowship international site are also eligible.

The deadline for this round of awards is Monday, December 1, 2014. For more information on eligibility, specific aspects of the fellowship award, and an application, please contact Purnima Madhivanan at pmadhiva@fiu.edu or visit http://ghes.berkeley.edu/

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) Now Accepting Applications
FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), operated under the auspices of The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is accepting applications from graduate students in business, journalism, law, medicine, and religion for a fellowship that uses the conduct of professionals during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary ethics in these fields.  Fellowships include an all-expense-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both the history and the ethical issues facing individuals in these professions today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

Twelve to fifteen Fellows from each profession will be chosen to participate in FASPE 2015 through a competitive process that draws applicants from across the country. The dates for the 2015 trips are:

Business, Journalism and Law: May 24 – June 4, 2015;

Medical and Seminary: June 14 – June 25, 2015

The deadline for FASPE Seminary and Medical applications is December 23, 2014.

The deadline for FASPE Business, Law, and Journalism applications is January 6, 2015

All FASPE programs are non-denominational and students of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit their website.

If you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at ttritter@FASPE.info.

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