Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply to be a Paul Ramsey Fellow?
We are looking for current graduate students, law students, medical students, and early-career academic, legal, and medical professionals.
At present, we are only accepting applications from residents in North America.
What are the qualifications?
Applicants must have already completed their undergraduate education and should be enrolled in graduate studies or work in a related field.
When is the next time applications will be accepted?
Applications for our 2021 cohort will open January 11, 2021 and remain open through March 31, 2021. You can find the application link and full eligibility requirements will be posted here.
What time commitment is required of Fellows?
PRI is not a full-time program but designed to supplement early-career bioethics professionals and those completing advanced degrees in a related area of study. Fellows travel to meetings three times a year, usually in the San Francisco Bay Area, for weekend-long seminars and discussions. Fellows are expected to attend all meetings during the course of their Fellowship. In addition, Fellows are expected to complete book-length or equivalent readings in advance of these meetings, and may be asked to prepare a very brief (7-10 minute) introductory presentation on a chapter or article from the reading. Other opportunities for related conferences and publications may become available for Fellows but are not required.
Does the Fellowship come with any funding?
While there is no stipend or supplemental funding, the required reading materials, travel, lodging, and meals are covered for all meetings.
“The Paul Ramsey Institute is a wonderful program, which supports serious engagement with challenging bioethical issues. Conversations with the PRI fellows and scholars have helped to shape the way I think about moral questions in healthcare. I would strongly recommend participation to anyone interested in thinking seriously about medicine, health, and the ethical issues facing us in these arenas today.”
— Bryan Pilkington