Law and Biosciences Fellowship Opportunity!

Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy: Law and Biosciences Fellowship

Duke University invites applications for the 2013-2014 Fellowship Program at the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy.


This fellowship is ideal for individuals who are interested in an academic or policy career working on issues in science and society, with a particular interest in the legal, ethical, and social implications of the biosciences. 

The Institute:

The Institute for Genome Science and Policy (IGSP) is an interdisciplinary institute at Duke designed to advance the biosciences and to study and inform their implications for science, health and society.

Through conferences, workshops, lectures, and education, the Institute promotes research, education and public outreach on the biosciences and their ethical, legal, and social implications for society sciences.  For more information, visit our website at 

The Fellowship:

The Law and Biosciences Fellowship is a residential fellowship that provides an opportunity to become involved in the activities of the IGSP and the University, while pursuing independent scholarship at the intersection of biosciences and law.  To enable integration in the Duke community and to allow the fellow(s) to complete a significant body of independent scholarship, we prefer two-year terms, but will consider shorter term fellowships, as well.  We expect fellows to dedicate approximately one third to one half of their time to supporting the science and society activities of the IGSP, working with Nita A. Farahany, JD, Ph.D., while dedicating the other half of their time to independent research.  For the 2013-2014 fellowship, we will provide fellows with office space, a competitive stipend and benefits. Applicants should have a JD or other doctoral level degree (MD, PhD) in a relevant area.  A law degree is a significant advantage, but is not a requirement. 

The Application Process:

Applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, a writing sample, and a research proposal (in 2000 words or less) to Melissa Segal ( by February 15, 2013.  We will choose fellows based on demonstrated academic merit, likelihood of future success in academia or science policy, and on strength of their research proposals.  Decisions will be made by March 15, 2013.

Duke University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

About Nita A. Farahany

Professor of Law and Philosophy, Professor of Genome Sciences and Policy
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