About the Fellowship

Applications are not currently being accepted for the Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics.

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, and funds for academic books and travel. In addition, depending on their career goals and prior training, fellows may receive tuition towards course work or a Masters degree in bioethics. Steven Joffe, MD, MPH directs the Fellowship.

The Fellowship Experience

  1. Mentored research: Working with one or more faculty mentors, Fellows conduct original empirical and/or conceptual research intended to lead to the publication of at least 2 manuscripts in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Core training in bioethics: Fellows will 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. Institutional review board experience: Interested Fellows may gain institutional review board (IRB) experience at a Penn-affiliated hospital.
  5. Clinical shadowing: Fellows will shadow physicians and medical teams in a medical intensive care unit (and, depending on their interests, in other clinical areas) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania or other affiliated local hospitals.


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. Applicants who are members of underrepresented minority groups or who are disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.

For additional information, or to be notified when applications are being accepted, please contact:

Emily Walters
Administrative Coordinator, Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics

Applications are not currently being accepted for the Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics. Applications are, however, being accepted for Penn’s postdoctoral training program in the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetics and genomics. If you wish to pursue postdoctoral training in ELSI research, we invite you to apply for that program instead. 

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