The Fellowship in Bioethics is a one-year, part-time program designed for those with a serious interest in bioethics and who wish to further their knowledge of the history, philosophical underpinnings, and contemporary practice of bioethics.
Over the course of the program, Bioethics Fellows explore their interests through weekly seminars on current and emerging bioethical issues, and through individual projects. The keystone of the experience are the strong bonds and community that fellows—who are a diverse group of thought leaders from medicine, nursing, law, social work, and other academic fields—build throughout the year. The program has welcomed fellows from across the globe with a variety of experiences and backgrounds, enabling participants to expand their perspectives, critique, challenge, and hold each other's thinking to the highest standards of rigor and creativity.
Working professionals generally continue in their full-time jobs, with the ability to participate fully in all Center for Bioethics activities with access to the resources of Harvard Medical School, including auditing courses, or engaging in research or other activities at Harvard or throughout the biomedical community in Boston.
Fellows attend a weekly three-hour seminar taught by the Fellowship Director Mildred Solomon, and guest lecturers including members of the Harvard faculty and leaders in the field.
Fellows must have external salary support. The fellowship course fee is $10,000. Most Fellows receive this support from sponsoring institutions. The Center provides an explanatory letter to applicants who would like help approaching their sponsoring institutions with such a request.