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Posted: Thursday, August 26th, 2021
JOB TITLE: 2022-2024 McDonald-Agape Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics
DEADLINE: Monday, January 3rd, 2022
LOCATION: The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Through a generous grant from the McDonald-Agape Foundation, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics is pleased to announce this call for 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, 2022.  Priority will be given to physicians, but those with other terminal degrees are also eligible. 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 in this fellowship’s inaugural 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 Nov. 1, 2021 and must be received by Jan. 3, 2022. Send applications to: Please include: 


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

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