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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Stehr Boldt Fellowship Award in Biomedical Ethics - Call for applications

The Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Stehr-Boldt Fellowship Award in Biomedical Ethics.

The call is open to young and established researchers from any country and discipline who are engaged in research on biomedical ethics, in particular on issues relating to health policy and public health.

The Stehr-Boldt Fonds seeks to promote scholarship in biomedical ethics by offering funded research stays at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine of the University of Zurich. Scholars will be provided with office space, opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange, training, access to relevant resources and mentoring.

Fellowships cover a period between 3 and 12 months and include a stipend to contribute towards accommodation and living expenses. A maximum amount of 3‘000 Swiss Francs can be allocated in addition to cover travel expenses from and to the country of origin. A jury will select among applicants based on scientific excellence, thematic relevance and originality of the scholars’ research to date and their planned project. Conceptual, analytical and/or empirical approaches can be chosen. 



Candidates should have at least successfully completed a Master’s degree (or equivalent, such as a MD degree), demonstrated academic excellence, and be fluent in spoken and written English.



The applications can be sent in English or German. 

The following documents are required for the application:

  • A letter of application detailing relevant experience, qualifications and interest in biomedical ethics;
  • A research proposal of no more than 1’000 words on a topic of biomedical ethics,
  • indicating proposed dates for the fellowship;
  • Two letters of recommendation (for junior scholars who do not yet hold a doctoral degree);
  • Recent curriculum vitae including a recent publication list;
  • A writing sample (maximum 2’000 words. For example, extracts from dissertation, essay paper, policy paper, etc.).


Next deadlines for applications
January 30, 2020 (for fellowships starting from September 2020)


Applications with the required documentation should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Dr. Nikola Biller-Andorno and sent by e-mail to (subject heading: Stehr-Boldt application). For further information, please contact Ms Michelle Heimgartner (