Fellowship in Bioethics
The fellowships provide an opportunity for clinicians and others to return to the University setting in order to explore ethical issues that arise in the everyday practice of contemporary medicine. Throughout the year, fellows participate in a weekly seminar led by faculty of the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. Graduates of the fellowship program have, among other things, taken leadership roles in developing clinical ethics programs at affiliated hospitals and other clinical centers, thus furthering the Center's reach and influence. Working jointly with other faculties and programs, such as the Program in Ethics and the Professions, will further expand fellowship opportunities, taking full advantage of the resources of the University.
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 Biothics 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 medical ethics 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.