About the Fellowship in ELSI Research
The Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE) was established in 2016 with support from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
The goal of the training program is to create independent scholars who can conduct rigorous research on ethical, legal, social or policy implications of genetics and genomics. Specific objectives are to introduce trainees to conceptual frameworks and methods used in ELSI research, core bioethics concepts and literature, and to the experience of working in an interdisciplinary research environment. This program builds on 15 years of experience in ELSI research training as an NHGRI Center for Excellence in ELSI Research, CIRGE.
Common Fellowship Activities
- Education: attend lectures, seminars, webinars, and conferences
- Research: research design, data collection data analysis
- Writing: book chapters, manuscripts, blog posts, grant applications, and journal publications
- Mentorship: working with students on their own research projects and supervise student research assistants
- Meetings: meetings with mentors, other fellows, faculty members, networking, group collaborations, and writing groups
- Support for career development
All SCBE fellows are required to attend the weekly SCBE Seminars as part of their educational and professional development. Interested parties can attend our invited speakers seminars, which occur once per month.
Second Year Fellow
- PhD, Experimental Medicine, McGill University
- MSc, Experimental Medicine, McGill University
- BSc, Biopsychology, University of British Columbia
First Year Fellow
- PhD, Philosophy Education, University of Cambridge
- MPhil, Politics, Development and Democratic Education, University of Cambridge
- BA, Anthropology & Slavic Studies, Stanford University
Second Year Fellow
- PhD, Family Medicine, Biomedical Ethics Specialization, McGill University
- MSc, Experimental Medicine, Biomedical Ethics Specialization, McGill University
- BS, Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Third Year Fellow
- PhD, Family Science, University of Maryland College Park
- MS, Couples and Family Therapy, University of Maryland College Park
- MA, East Asian Languages and Literature, Ohio State University
- BA, Psychology & Chinese, University of Wisconsin Madison
Fellowship Program Director
Associate Director of the Center
Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Ethics Consult & Fellowship Coordinator for the Center
Criteria for Applicants
We seek applicants with a background in medicine, genetics, biological sciences, social science, ethics, philosophy, history, health services research, public policy or other related disciplines. The NIH requires that candidates have a doctoral degree or equivalent (Master’s degree not accepted).
Applying to the Fellowship in ELSI Research
There are currently no openings for ELSI Research Fellowship positions.
Please check this page for updates about the next application cycle and important deadlines.
- Application Process (Currently Closed)
- 1. When open, submit the following documents to the SCBE Fellowship Coordinator.
- A cover letter describing your research interests
- Contact information for three references
- 2. Applications will be evaluated by the program's director and current fellows
- 3. If selected for an interview, applicants will be contacted directly by the Fellowship Coordinator
For other postdoctoral positions at Stanford, please visit https://postdocs.stanford.edu/prospective-postdocs.
- Resident in Internal Medicine and Anesthesia
- MD, Stanford University
- MA, Bioethics, Loyola Marymount University
- BA, Health and Humanity, University of Southern California
"I highly recommend the Stanford training program in ethical, legal, and social implications research to anyone interested in exploring a career in bioethics research. When I completed the predoctoral fellowship, I was a medical student considering a career as a physician investigator; the fellowship provided me with protected time and structure to receive world-class mentorship, get involved in a variety of research projects, and develop my own academic interests. Now that I am a medical resident in a research-track program, I continue to be surprised by how this fellowship experience has enabled me to continue to pursue research even as a busy clinician by giving me the background to design and select research experiences wisely. However, the best part of the fellowship is the people: the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics is full of incredible individuals with diverse personalities, backgrounds, interests, and career trajectories -- they will teach you so much simply by working alongside you."
- PhD, Sociology, UC San Francisco
- BS, Molecular Environmental Biology, UC Berkeley
- "Throughout my time as a research assistant and postdoc, SCBE was a second “academic home”. My cross-training in ELSI, Medical Sociology, and Science & Technology Studies has opened up so many opportunities to collaborate with biomedical researchers and clinicians. The interdisciplinary faculty mentoring team at SCBE really enables trainees to walk between worlds and stretch the impacts and boundaries of ELSI work. "
- PhD, History of Health Sciences, UC San Francisco
- MPH, Global Health (Infectious Disease Emphasis), Emory University
- BA, Molecular & Cellular Biology (Genetics Emphasis), UC Berkeley
- PhD, Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago
- JD, Harvard University
The P50 grant, active from 2004-2015, pre-dated our current T32 fellowship in ELSI research. This grant allowed postdoctoral and postbaccalaureate scholars the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary ELSI research and publish articles, including topics in behavioral genomics, new genomic technology, the perception of disabilities and disability rights, intellectual property and the impact of commercialization on pregnancy and families, and public health policy. The following are some of our former postdocs who worked under the P50 grant:
- PhD, Sociology & Social Policy, University of Nottingham
- BA, Communications & International Relations, Stanford University
- JD, University of Michigan
- BA, History and Sociology of Science, Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
- PhD, Genetics, Stanford University
- BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona
- PhD, University of Chicago
- Mag. Phil., University of Vienna
“During my time as a fellow at SCBE, I conducted collaborative ethnographic research with Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee. As part of the fellowship, I had opportunities to learn about different funding mechanisms for social science research in interdisciplinary settings, writing for wider academic and non-academic audiences, and opportunities for research on social and ethical dimensions of genetics. Having the opportunity to work with Dr. Lee as my postdoctoral mentor was the most amazing aspect of the fellowship.”
- JD, University of California Hastings College of the Law
- BA, Economics, Stanford University
- PhD, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Michigan
- MPP, Public and Science Policy, University of Michigan
- BS, Molecular Biology, Ohio Northern University
- PhD, Anthropology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
- BA, Mathematics, Music, Agnes Scott College
- PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health and Science University
- BA, Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
- BA, Anthropology, Hampshire College
"I am a medical anthropologist by training, and my fieldwork concerns the day-to-day operations of medical and scientific research institutes. In addition to giving me the time and resources to further develop my own thinking, my SCBE fellowship therefore also doubled as practical experience, as I became more familiar with the world of academic medicine. I particularly appreciated the opportunity to discuss case studies in bioethics, and to hear from a diverse array of experts in clinical practice, law, and philosophy. Speaking candidly, I also feel that my time as an SCBE fellow has significantly advanced my career: both the fact of having been a fellow, and the conference presentations I gave during my time, have opened up subsequent funding opportunities. I am currently concluding my doctoral fieldwork in Sydney, Australia, supported by the NSF and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, where I study the emergence of electronic mental health therapies."
- PhD, Sociology, UC San Francisco
- MPH, Public Health Genetics, University of Washington
- BS, Biological Sciences, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo