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Fellowship Opportunities

The NIH Department of Bioethics welcomes applications for fully funded two-year postbaccalaureate and postdoctoral research fellowships. Fellows will:

  • Be centrally involved in the daily activities and intellectual life of our interdisciplinary department.
  • Participate in weekly bioethics seminars, case conferences, ethics consultations, IRB deliberations, and other educational opportunities at NIH.
  • Study ethical issues related to biomedical research, clinical practice, genetics, biotechnology, public health, health policy, and other important issues in bioethics.
  • Conduct mentored theoretical and empirical research. For a typical fellow, this research yields multiple first-authored publications in academic journals.

We do not require or expect bioethics experience and encourage anyone with a strong interest to apply.

Multinational Capacity Building

We have several initiatives designed to build capacity in low- and middle-income countries, including:

  • Mentored research program for early career bioethics scholars from low- and middle-income countries
  • International workshops in health policy and research ethics for researchers, governmental officials, and IRB and Ethics Committee members
  • International workshops to support a network of young scholars in bioethics from low- and middle-income countries
  • Three month IRB training program that brings participants from resource poor settings to the NIH for training in ethics and IRB review
  • Joint NIH-University of Bergen Ph.D. program for candidates from low- and middle-income countries. Please contact the Department or Reidar Lie for more information [disclaimer] about this program
  • Of the fellowships that we offer, the two-year postdoctoral training program is open to both international and domestic participants. The post-baccalaureate training program is open only to domestic participants.
  • Short-term appointments for visiting scholars and researchers from around the world

Featured Projects

Continuing trial responsibilities for implantable neural devices
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Building a "We" With Deliberative Dialogue in Pursuit of Health for All
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Research Faculty and Head of the Bioethics Consultation Service

We invite scholars with outstanding credentials and experience to apply for the position of Research Faculty and Head of the Bioethics Consultation Service in the Department of Bioethics at the NIH Clinical Center.

The selected candidate will also lead important empirical and/or conceptual research on theoretical and applied issues in bioethics and will oversee and guide the planning, management, and implementation of the Bioethics Consultation Service. They should be an independent scholar with an established (or potential) career as a recognized leader in their respective field, with a strong record of publication.

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