The Program is open to anyone from eligible countries in Central and Eastern Europe or the Caribbean Basin who are involved in administering, conducting or teaching research methods or research ethics. This includes bioethicists, biomedical scientists, ethics committee members, lawyers, managers, nurses, philosophers, physicians, researchers and social scientists. Individuals working or teaching in public institutions are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be residents of eligible low- and middle-income countries in Central and Eastern Europe or the Caribbean, as defined by the World Bank.
In addition, applicants must:
- Be fluent (speaking, reading and writing) in English or Spanish;
- Have access to an up-to-date computer with Internet connection;
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher;
- Have substantial administrative, teaching, research, or clinical experience relevant to research ethics; and
- Provide evidence of ability to implement the results of their education.
To apply, interested persons must submit a complete application and three letters of reference. One of these letters of reference should be from a current supervisor or institutional official and provide evidence of support for training.
Applications can be downloaded here:
Application for English-speaking fellows from
the Caribbean Basin
Solicitud para becarios de habla hispana de la Cuenca del Caribe
The Program Directors of the respective European or Caribbean programs will review all applications and select the most promising candidates, who will then be reviewed and approved by the Admissions Committee of Clarkson’s Department of Bioethics. Telephone and/or online interviews will also be required.
Selection is based on:
- Educational background and degrees;
- Relevant experience in research involving human subjects or research ethics;
- Past accomplishments, including publications and projects established or supervised; and
- Likelihood of making a substantial impact in their institution, community or country after the training period.
All accepted students receive a scholarship for the Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics in Central and Eastern Europe or the Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative. Scholarships cover tuition, transportation to on-site seminars, room and board during onsite seminars, books, computer-based educational materials and software, and computer support.
In addition, scholarships are available for promising students interested in completing the Master in Science in Bioethics Program of Clarkson and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
The Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics in Central and Eastern Europe is sponsored by Clarkson's Department of Bioethics (Schenectady, New York) in partnership with the Department of Medical History and Ethics of Vilnius University (Vilnius, Lithuania). It is supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Grant R25 TW007085).
The Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative is sponsored by Clarkson's Department of Bioethics (Schenectady, New York) in partnership with the Department of Bioethics of St. George's University (St. George's, Grenada) and the Department of Philosophy of the Autonomous University of Queretaro (Queretaro, Mexico). It is supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Grant R25 TW009731).