Deadline: March 20, 2017

Blair Kahn


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Fellowship in Bioethics

The Fellowship in Bioethics is a yearlong part-time program open to physicians, nurses, lawyers, social workers, and others in academic fields related to medicine or health with a serious interest in bioethics and a wish to further their knowledge of the history, philosophical underpinnings and contemporary practice of bioethics. 

Over the course of the year, the Fellows form strong bonds and develop a community of “critical friends” who support, critique, challenge, and hold each other’s thinking to the highest standards of rigor and creativity. Fellows explore their interests through weekly seminars and individual projects within a supportive community of peers and thought leaders in the field.

The program is offered as a 1-year (part-time) course of study, enabling participants to continue in their full-time job or augment their work with us by auditing courses and getting engaged in other activities at Harvard.

During the program, fellows attend a weekly three-hour seminar taught by the Fellowship Director, Mildred Solomon, and guest lecturers designed to explore a wide range of issues, including:

  • Ethical theory
  • Clinical ethics
  • Research ethics
  • Selected topics in public health ethics
  • Current topics in bioethics

Fellows must have external salary support. The fellowship fee for the 2017-2018 year is $10,000. Most Fellows receive this support from their sponsoring institutions, and the Center will provide an explanatory letter to applicants who would like help approaching their sponsoring institutions with such a request.

How to Apply for the Fellowship

Fellows are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement and the contribution they are likely to make as researchers, clinicians, and teachers to the field of bioethics. We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship Cohort.

Required application materials:

  • online application form
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a statement of purpose under 750 words in length, describing the reasons for your interest in the Fellowship, including any particular topics or questions you are most interested in exploring. This letter is an important opportunity for you to tell us about yourself, your interests, and your motivations in pursuing training in bioethics.
  • Applicants should also provide two letters of reference and a third letter from their supervisor or key senior staff person, demonstrating institutional support for the candidate’s involvement in the HMS Fellowship and likely opportunities the candidate will have to contribute to bioethics at their home institution, upon completion of the Fellowship. Letters of reference should be submitted along with the letter of reference form found here.  

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 cohort is March 20, 2017.

If you have any questions please contact Blair Kahn at or call 617.432.5975.

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