Applications for 2020-21 Will Open in September

For 2020-21, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics will continue with the “Ethics of Technological and Biomedical Innovation” as its leading theme. Our work in areas such as political economy and justice; diversity, justice, and democracy; and institutional corruption will also continue. But for the next year, we will concentrate a significant portion of our fellowships, resources, and energy around the theme of Ethics of Technological and Biomedical Innovation.


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.

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 all fellows will 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 current 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, for practitioners, a minimum of five years of professional experience by the start of the Fellowship. Any discipline or professional field will be considered eligible. 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.


Faculty: We offer a stipend of one-half of your base academic year salary, up to $75,000, and a research allowance of up to $3,000 for approved expenses directly related to your work, such as travel, books, and research assistance.  

Post-Docs: The stipend for post-doctoral fellows was $50,000.00 in 2018-19 and will be set for 2019-20 in accordance with University rates. We also provide a research allowance of up to $3,000 for approved expenses directly related to your work, such as travel, books, and research assistance. 

Practitioners: Practitioner stipends will be determined on a case-by-case basis, commensurate with experience. 


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form which includes submission of the following in .pdf form:

· Cover letter stating your background and interest in the Fellows-in-Residence Program (suggested length 1-2 pages or 850 words)

· CV

· Research proposal (suggested length 3-5 pages or 2,500 words)

· Recent writing sample (suggested length under 30 pages or 7,000 words)

· Names and contact information of three professional references - NO LETTERS NEEDED

The deadline for submitting this application is November 15, 2019. 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