Posted September 13th 2023

Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

The Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University invites applications from a broad range of researchers and practitioners who will work over the course of the year on pressing issues in ethics. Faculty in arts and sciences and professional schools, postdoctoral scholars, practitioners, and researchers from industry, government, and NGOs are eligible to apply. The call for applications for the 2024-25 is completely open: we will consider any topic pertaining to the serious ethical questions of our time. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply and will be given careful consideration; priority will be given to outstanding early career scholars and practitioners.

As always, our goal will be to craft a cohort in which all fellows will find valuable intellectual partnerships to support and spur their work. The ideal candidates are those who are willing to invest time and energy into building community with the other fellows in their cohort.

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 are strongly encouraged to participate in—and contribute to—the Center's programming, which includes public lectures, themed seminars and reading groups, conferences, workshops, and lunch discussions.

This Fellowship is intended to be residential. With the exception of travel to conferences and meetings, Fellows are expected to be in residence in the Boston area at least four working days per week during the term.

For the last few years, the Center has offered the possibility of joint fellowship opportunities with several other Centers at Harvard. We continue to offer that possibility, with specific potential affiliations to be worked out on a case-by-case basis:

* Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
* Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School
* Center for Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School
* Center for Research on Computation and Society at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
* Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University
* Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at the Harvard Law School

Applicants will be invited to indicate on the application form whether they wish to be considered for a joint fellowship position with one of these Centers. If selected, the joint fellowship will offer access to development opportunities and programming at the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics and the partnering center.


Applicants must have a PhD, professional degree, or a minimum of 5 years of equivalent professional experience by the start of the fellowship year. Applicants from any discipline or professional field will be considered. Those who have previously held a yearlong residential Fellowship at the Center are not eligible; this limitation does not apply to former Undergraduate Fellows or former Graduate Fellows. The Fellows-in-Residence Program runs the course of the academic year, typically from the beginning of September through the end of May, and is open to all applicants who meet the above criteria, regardless of citizenship.


We offer a stipend of one-half of your base academic year salary, up to $80,000, and a research allowance of up to $5,000 for approved expenses directly related to your work, such as travel, books, and research assistance.

The stipend for post-doctoral fellows will be $70,000 for 2024-25. We also provide a research allowance of up to $5,000 for approved expenses directly related to your work, such as travel, books, and research assistance.

Practitioner stipends are determined on a case-by-case basis, commensurate with experience, up to a maximum of $80,000. We also provide a research allowance of up to $5,000 for approved expenses directly related to your work, such as travel, books, and research assistance.


Before beginning the application, you may wish to have the following information available:

* The title of your research proposal
* Names and contact information for 3 references (no letters are accepted at this stage)

To apply, complete our online application form, which will request the information noted above. You will also be asked to upload the following documents:
* Cover letter stating your background and interest in the Fellows-in-Residence Program at the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics
* Curriculum Vitae
* Research proposal
* Recent writing sample

Please note: Name and contact information for three professional references will be requested, but no letters will be accepted at this stage.

The deadline to submit an application is November 15, 2023, with decisions likely to be announced in February 2024. Please note that the application form will be saved automatically while in progress, but no edits or alterations will be allowed once you have submitted the application. Please direct questions regarding this application process to EJSafraFellowships@fas.harvard.edu.

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