Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics

About the Fellowship

The mission of this 2-year Fellowship is to train scholars and future leaders in academic biomedical ethics.  Fellows will participate fully in the life of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, which is among the world’s leading bioethics departments.  They will have full access to the intellectual resources of the larger Penn community. Fellows will receive a generous annual stipend, benefits, full tuition for a master’s degree in bioethics, and funds for academic books and travel. Steven Joffe, MD, MPH directs the Fellowship.

The Fellowship Experience

  1. Mentored research:  Working with one or more faculty mentors, Fellows conduct original research intended to lead to the publication of at least 2 manuscripts in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Master’s degree in bioethics: Depending on their prior education and academic and professional goals, some fellows pursue a Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) or a Master of Bioethics (MBE) degree.  Information about both degree programs is available at http://medicalethics.med.upenn.edu/education. Regardless of whether they pursue a degree, all fellows participate in a weekly core bioethics proseminar led by the Fellowship Director and other faculty.
  3. Department seminars:  Fellows will participate in and present work at department seminars, including sessions focused on works-in-progress and presentations by department and affiliated faculty.
  4. Ethics committee and institutional review board experience:  Consistent with their interests, Fellows will gain ethics committee and/or institutional review board (IRB) experience at a Penn-affiliated hospital.


Applications are invited from scholars with doctoral degrees in hand (MDs, PhDs or equivalent, JDs), or who will receive such degrees by May of the year in which they apply to the fellowship.  Doctorates may be in any relevant field, including but not limited to philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, economics or anthropology.  Prior experience in bioethics is not required

Applications are now closed for the 2017 cohort.

For additional information please contact:
Angela Golub
Administrative Coordinator, Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics


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