Visiting Scholars Program

Currently Suspended Until Further Notice

After much consideration, we have regretfully made the decision to suspend our visiting scholars program until we are able to welcome visiting scholars for in-person visits to the Center again. 

Visiting scholars come from around the world to the Center for Bioethics to conduct funded research under the guidance of, and in collaboration with, members of the Center’s faculty. The Center welcomes visiting scholars at all career levels, from early scholars to senior faculty. Past scholars have included tenure-track professors on sabbatical, Fulbright scholars, postdoctoral researchers, and scholars funded by grants and programs.

Visiting scholars spend varying lengths of time at the Center, but generally not less than three months.  During their visit at the Center, visiting scholars are expected to engage in the full range of Center activities including conferences, weekly lectures, and discussions. Scholars have may have the opportunity to present their own work in faculty seminars, hospital-based educational programs, and/or in our master’s and fellowship programs.

Every visiting scholar must have a host mentor who is a member of the faculty of the Center for Bioethics (see our website for a listing of our faculty members). The host mentor need not be identified or assigned prior to the candidate’s application, but should in most cases be determined prior to the arrival of the visiting scholar. During the candidate’s visit, the Center will provide access to the Harvard libraries and other University resources. While the Center will be able to provide touch-down space for the visiting scholar on an as-needed basis, the Center is unfortunately not able to provide designated office space to visiting scholars.

Application Process

Each applicant is asked to submit a written application and selected candidates will be invited for a video interview with members of the Center’s faculty. Applications should include a statement of purpose/research that includes a description of the research or project and how it fits with the work and interests of the Center including any contacts with potential mentors, and the requested duration of the visit. In addition, the candidate should list one or more faculty at the Center who may serve as an appropriate host mentor during the scholar’s stay at the Center. Letters to accepted applicants will detail the expectations and responsibilities of both the scholar and the Center. Visiting scholars are expected to have their own funding. Visiting scholars will be appointed as Research Associates at Harvard Medical School for the duration of their visit.

The following are the items should be included in the candidate’s application materials:

  • A current CV
  • A statement of purpose/research
  • A statement of funding support or department support and approval

These items should be sent to Genevieve Saphier at