Stanford Center for
Biomedical Ethics

Applying for PGES Visiting or Faculty Fellowship

(Under revision 1-26-01)

The Program in Genomics, Ethics and Society (PGES) addresses the compelling social, ethical, legal and political implications of advances in human genetics. Administratively housed within the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, the PGES actively involves Stanford researchers from throughout the University, including the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Institute for International Studies, and the Professional Schools, particularly law, medicine and business. Initial funding for PGES was provided by a generous gift from the SmithKline Beecham Corporation.

Each year, a multi-disciplinary PGES Working Group (including faculty, fellows and students, and community and industry participants) will examine a different theme related to genomics. The topic for 1995-96 was "Genetic Testing for Cancer: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Testing for Breast Cancer Susceptibility"; the topic for 1996-97 is "Genetic Testing and Alzheimer Disease"; and the topic for 1997-98 is "The Implications of Individualizing Medicine Through Genomics." Themes for future years will be partially shaped by the interests of PGES Fellows.

Fellows may be appointed for between one and three academic quarters, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis. Scholars will be expected to devote full time to work on ethical, social or legal issues in human genetics -- spending approximately one-half time on individual or collaborative research projects, and one-half time in leadership roles for the PGES Working Group.

Fellows will be provided with shared office space and modest support for research expenses. They will have complete access to the Stanford libraries and computer center. There are numerous resources available on the campus, including the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine, the Ethics in Society Program, and the Stanford Human Genome Center.


PGES Fellows will generally hold a post-graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. genetics, public policy, medicine, law, business, social science, philosophy). Fellows may be either "junior" or "senior" scholars.

To Apply

Applicants should submit a C.V., a sample of written work, names and contact information for three references, and a 1-2 page statement describing their interest in the program and their potential contributions while in residence at Stanford. On a separate sheet, applicants should submit information about the financial support available to them from their home institution or other sources. (This information will remain confidential). Applications will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary group drawn from the Center for Biomedical Ethics' Steering Committee, which includes faculty from throughout the Stanford campus. Appointment of fellows is contingent on the availability of funding.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted continuously.


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