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The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University announces the 2017-18 Call for Applications for the following fellowship programs:

Application deadline: December 1, 2016

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University invites applications from a broad range of researchers who will work over the course of the year on pressing issues in ethics. Faculty, postdoctoral scholars, practitioners, and researchers from industry, government, and NGOs seeking sabbatical time to pursue research directly relevant to ethical issues are eligible to apply.

The majority of Fellows will be selected in relation to an annual theme, but in each year some "open" slots will be reserved for applicants working on any issue in ethics. In each year, the goal will be to craft a cohort in which "thematic" fellows and "open" fellows will all find valuable intellectual partnerships to support and spur their work. For the 2017-18 academic year, the theme at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics will be Political Economy and Justice.

The one-year fellowship term runs the course of the academic year, typically from the beginning of September through the end of May. All Fellows-in-Residence will be expected to devote the majority of their time to their individual projects and to participate in regular work-in-progress seminars. In addition, Fellows whose work intersects most directly with the annual theme will be invited to participate in the thematic components of the Center's programming, which consists of public lectures, conferences, and workshops.


Graduate Fellowships in Ethics
(for Harvard-enrolled students)
Application deadline: November 15, 2016

The Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellowship program welcomes applications from outstanding Harvard graduate and professional students who are writing dissertations or are engaged in major research on topics in practical ethics, especially ethical issues in areas such as architecture, business, education, government, law, medicine, public health, public policy, and religion.

Graduate Fellows are expected to devote their time to an approved course of research and study and to participate in a weekly Center seminar, where they read works in moral and political philosophy and discuss research problems and strategies common to the study of practical and professional ethics. In addition, Graduate Fellows are expected to take part in the wider intellectual life of the Center.

The Center seeks applicants who have excelled in their fields of specialization, have demonstrated an interest in questions of value that cut across disciplinary boundaries, and who are likely to make significant contributions to teaching and scholarship in practical and professional ethics. Some successful applicants will have a strong background in moral philosophy or political thought; others will be grounded in fields of public policy or professional practice. All course requirements and general examinations must be completed before the start of the fellowship year.


Undergraduate Fellowships in Ethics
(for Harvard-enrolled students)
Application deadline: November 1, 2016

The Edmond J. Safra Undergraduate Fellowship program welcomes applications from Harvard College sophomores and juniors from any concentration who are pursuing research and writing with an ethics dimension, and who wish to develop their talents in modes of inquiry that are essential to tackling critical moral issues in public life. 

The Undergraduate Fellowship program seeks to provide students with the opportunity to engage in an informed analysis of values in their own areas of inquiry that will lead to the completion of a senior thesis. In pursuit of this goal, Undergraduate Fellows complete an ethics seminar with the director of the program, participate in an ongoing ethics research workshop, and attend lectures and dinners hosted by the Center. In addition, Undergraduate Fellows are offered a wide range of opportunities to interact with faculty, fellows, and graduate students affiliated with the Center.


More information on program requirements and application instructions can be found here.

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