The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University is happy to announce the 2022-23 Call for Applications for our three core fellowship programs. Below you will find details about our Fellows-in-Residence, Graduate Fellowship, and Undergraduate Fellowship programs. We would be grateful if you could share this notice with any promising candidates. Full information on program requirements and application instructions can be found on our website.
Application deadline: November 15, 2021
The Edmond J. 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.
For the 2022-23 academic year, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics will continue its focus on the theme of “A New Social Compact?” Variations in national responses to the pandemic; disparate experiments with technology, economic, and health policies; and conflicts over foundational political institutions have thrown into stark relief different conceptions of the social compact (a phrase we use loosely to refer to shared understandings of what members of societies believe they owe to each other) around the world. Myriad challenges–including challenges relating to education, climate and the natural environment, migration, new technologies, public health, elections, racial justice, and economic well-being–call us to revisit and evaluate existing conceptions of the social compact at both national and global levels. We ask, is it time for a new social compact?
We invite applications connected to any dimension of this broad field of inquiry. We see the nature of the questions raised and the challenges to be addressed as so multifaceted as to make this theme not very restrictive; however, in our usual fashion, we will also consider applications that fall outside the parameters of this thematic description. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to early career scholars and practitioners.
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 the Center’s programming, which includes public lectures, themed seminars and reading groups, conferences, workshops, and lunch discussions.
For the last few years, the Center has offered the possibility of joint fellowship opportunities with the following Centers; we continue to offer that possibility, with specific potential affiliations to be worked out on a case-by-case basis:
- 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 J. Safra Center for Ethics and our partnering Center.
Application deadline: November 1, 2021
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics (EJSCE) Graduate Fellowship Program invites applications from graduate students who are writing dissertations or are engaged in major research on topics in practical ethics, especially ethical issues in architecture, business, education, government, law, medicine, public health, public policy, and religion.
Graduate Fellows are expected to devote their time to an approved course of research and study and to participate in a weekly Center seminar, where they workshop papers and dissertation chapters and discuss research problems and strategies common to the study of practical and professional ethics. In addition, Graduate Fellows are expected to take part in the wider intellectual life of the Center. The stipend for the 2022-23 academic year is $34,000, plus a small allocation for research.
Students should be (a) enrolled in a Harvard doctoral program; (b) enrolled in or a recent graduate of a Harvard professional degree program that does not require a doctoral dissertation for a career in that field (such as law or medicine); or (c) a full-time, academic year visitor to Harvard, who is hosted by a Harvard graduate program, but is still enrolled in a graduate program at another university and has no competing academic or professional commitments during the fellowship year. All course requirements and general examinations must be completed before the start of the fellowship year. Students taking a full or partial course load in either semester of the fellowship year are ineligible. The Center seeks applicants who have excelled in their fields of specialization, have demonstrated an interest in questions of value that cut across disciplinary boundaries, and who are likely to make significant contributions to teaching and scholarship in practical and professional ethics. Some successful applicants will have a strong background in moral philosophy or political thought; others will be grounded in fields of public policy or professional practice.
The Edmond J. Safra Undergraduate Fellowship Program welcomes applications from Harvard College sophomores and juniors from any concentration who are pursuing research and writing with an ethics dimension, and who wish to develop their talents in modes of inquiry that are essential to tackling critical moral issues in public life.
The Undergraduate Fellowship program seeks to provide students with the opportunity to engage in an informed analysis of values in their own areas of inquiry that will lead to the completion of a senior thesis. In pursuit of this goal, Undergraduate Fellows complete an ethics seminar with the director of the program, participate in an ongoing ethics research workshop, and attend lectures and dinners hosted by the Center. In addition, Undergraduate Fellows are offered a wide range of opportunities to interact with faculty, fellows, and graduate students affiliated with the Center.
More information on program requirements and application instructions can be found on our website.
Felowships and Programs Manager
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics