McDonald-Agape Fellowship in Bioethics

Posted December 13th 2022

Georgetown University

Washington D.C.

Closing date
February 03rd 2023

Through a generous grant from the McDonald-Agape Foundation, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications for the McDonald-Agape Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics. The Fellowship is designed to promote the academic career of a junior scholar with outstanding potential for scholarship and leadership in bioethics. We are inviting applications from exceptional candidates for this two-year fellowship, which will begin in July, 2023. Priority will be given to physicians, but those with other terminal degrees are also eligible. Priority also will be given to candidates with a demonstrated Christian orientation to their work in ethics, broadly construed. Some previous education in bioethics is required, but a formal degree in ethics is not necessary. The program is highly selective. Only one candidate will be accepted each year.

The Program
The McDonald-Agape Fellowship is a two-year program of study and scholarship at Georgetown’s prestigious Kennedy Institute of Ethics. The fellow will conduct scholarly work directly with Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, the André Hellegers Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Acting Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Qualified physician fellows will have the opportunity to maintain practice skills through limited outpatient work at the MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital.

The program will be uniquely tailored to the needs, interests, and background of the successful candidate. It will include opportunities for formal study, research, participation in the life of the Kennedy Institute, and experience in clinical bioethics consultation. The proximity of the main campus and the medical center provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaborative research. The Law Center is also accessible via Georgetown University Transportation Services.

Fellows will participate in:
The Kennedy Institute-Pellegrino Center joint monthly bioethics seminar
The annual Intensive Bioethics Course
Formal mentoring sessions
The Ethics Consult Service of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics

Additional opportunities include:
The monthly Joint Bioethics Colloquium at the NIH
Programs of the Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Coursework for credit or audit may be arranged in relevant departments on the main campus or the Catholic Clinical Ethics Master’s degree program at the Medical Center. The fellowship itself does not support a degree.
Teaching opportunities in a relevant department, if qualified

Stipend: $70,000 per year (plus benefits)

Applications will be accepted beginning Dec. 15, 2022 and must be received by Feb. 6, 2023. Send applications to: Please include:

A Cover Letter
A Personal statement
Three Letters of Reference
Writing Sample

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