The Berman Institute’s wide and growing array of postdoctoral fellowships are helping launch the careers of the next generation of bioethics scholars.
The Berman Institute’s flagship postdoctoral program is the Hecht-Levi Fellowship, offering a two-year program of study and experiential learning in bioethics. Although an extensive background in bioethics is not required, priority will be given to applicants with at least some exposure to bioethics during their education. The selection process is highly competitive, with up to two Fellows accepted into the program each year. Additionally, we are recruiting candidates for the Ruth Faden Scholars Program (described in greater detail below).
Additional postdoctoral fellowships with a specific focus include:
- Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethics and Infectious Disease (click or scroll down)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Philosophy and Mental Disorder (click or scroll down)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Ethics and Regulatory Aspects of Pragmatic Clinical Trials (not accepting applications until Fall 2021)
All Berman Institute postdoctoral fellows are considered members of the Hecht-Levi Fellows cohort and are expected to participate in the Hecht-Levi Fellows activities described below.
Hecht-Levi Fellows participate in weekly seminars or discussions, pursue their own scholarship in bioethics, and collaborate with faculty on selected projects in bioethics. Each Fellow designs an individual program tailored to her or his particular goals, interests, and background. The Berman Institute’s fellowships offer a considerable amount of protected time for research and publication.
Hecht-Levi Fellows have access to a wide range of benefits and activities in multiple schools at Johns Hopkins, including:
- Weekly seminars, presentations and discussions with leading academic and policy makers;
- Individualized research program;
- Bioethics coursework through the Berman Institute’s Master in Bioethics program;
- Post‐doctoral mentoring in bioethics;
- Professional development training;
- Participation in the Berman Institute’s outreach efforts via social media;
- Teaching opportunities (commensurate with experience and background);
- $60,000 per year, plus health and other benefits;
- $2,000 per year for travel/lodging and registration at relevant conferences.
The application window for the Fall 2021 Hecht-Levi Fellowship opens Oct. 19, 2020. Applications are due on Friday, December 18, 2020 and must be uploaded via Interfolio.
Please be prepared to submit the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Personal statement
- Copy of Graduate Transcript(s)
- Writing Sample
- Three Letters of Reference
Ruth Faden Scholars Program
Faden Scholars are a subgroup of Hecht-Levi postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated scholarly interests in and potential for leadership in bioethics and public policy. Faden Scholars will participate in a number of activities in addition to those provided by the Hecht-Levi post-doctoral program, including:
- Leadership training;
- Introduction to directors of other bioethics programs, and networking visits to bioethics programs at other Institutions;
- Opportunities to observe leadership in action at meetings of the Berman Institute Advisory Board and the Association of Bioethics Program Directors;
- Regular meetings with Professor Ruth Faden, founder of the Berman Institute;
- Opportunities for internships in health policy settings with bioethics focus in the Washington, DC area.
Although all Hecht-Levi Fellows have access to mentorship with Dr. Faden, what distinguishes Faden Scholars from other Hecht-Levi post-doctoral fellows is the additional focus of their training on future leadership in the field of bioethics. We will recruit one or two Faden Scholars per year from among eligible Hecht-Levi applicants. No separate application is required, but Hecht-Levi applicants interested in applying to be a Faden Scholar should include in their personal statements both a description of their research interests and an additional short paragraph addressing the following questions:
- What is the most significant leadership experience you have had in your life (not limited to bioethics leadership) and how has it shaped you?
- What kinds of leadership experiences do you hope to gain as a Faden Scholar?
NOTE: Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships with a specific focus are not eligible to be considered for the Faden Scholars Program.
Call for Applications (Click here to download)
The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities at the University of Oxford have established a Collaborative Bioethics Research and Training Program with support from the Wellcome Trust. Through this partnership, we have created joint post-doctoral training opportunities. We arepleased to invite applications for two uniquely qualified fellows (one at each Institution) who are committed to interdisciplinary and transnational collaboration and who have a particular interest in exploring ethical issues at the intersection of global health and infectious disease. This two-year fellowship will begin in September 2021.