Fellowship Opportunity – Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

October 10, 2018


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 2019-20 academic year, the theme at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics will be the Ethics of Technological and Biomedical Innovation.

Priority will be given to early career scholars and practitioners whose work closely aligns with this theme, but we reserve some “open” slots for senior scholars and practitioners, and for exceptionally competitive applicants whose work in ethics falls outside this scope. The goal will be to craft a cohort in which “thematic” fellows and “open” fellows will all find valuable intellectual partnerships to support and spur their work.

All 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.

Under our new theme, the Center is pleased to offer joint fellowship opportunities with the following Centers:

– Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at the Harvard Law 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
– and a special AI Initiative joint fellowship with the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

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 full access to development opportunities and programming at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and our partnering Center.

Please note that the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics is no longer able to accept applications for Berggruen Fellowships.


Applicants must have a PhD, professional degree, or a minimum of 5 years of equivalent professional experience, and 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 Fellowship-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.


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form, found at ethics.harvard.edu/fellows-in-residence, which includes submission of the following in .pdf form:

  • Cover letter stating your background and interest in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Fellows-in-Residence Program
  • CV
  • Research proposal
  • Recent writing sample
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

The deadline for submitting this application is November 15, 2018. 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.

Should you have any questions regarding this application process, please send an email to EJSafraFellowships@fas.harvard.edu.