Academic Fellowships in Clinical and Organisational Ethics, University of Toronto, Canada

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The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is a partnership between the University of Toronto and its affiliated healthcare organizations. The JCB studies important ethical, health-related topics through research and clinical activities. The JCB is a network of over 180 multidisciplinary professionals seeking to improve health care standards at both national and international levels. At the JCB, theory is put into practice. Our mission is to provide leadership in bioethics research, education, practice and public engagement. To date 35 Fellows have completed the JCB Fellowship Program since it began in 2000 and the vast majority are now working in the field of bioethics.

The Joint Centre for Bioethics invites applications for paid Academic Fellowships in Clinical and Organizational Ethics starting in July 2011. The Fellows will spend one year supporting ethics programs in JCB healthcare partner organizations, contributing to the intellectual/scholarly activities of the JCB, and thereby enhancing skills in clinical and organizational ethics activities (consultation, policy development, teaching, research ethics, research, and other organizational/clinical ethics program initiatives). There will be an emphasis on developing leadership capacity in these areas. Through the JCB, Fellows will have numerous opportunities for multi-disciplinary ethics networking, continuing education, and access to a wide range of clinical ethics and organizational ethics expertise in a variety of health care settings. The Academic Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for Fellows to make significant contributions to the ethics programs at the JCB healthcare partner organizations, and to broaden and deepen their own scholarly and clinical/organizational expertise. The stipend for this fellowship is CAD $38,000/year plus 4% vacation pay.

The ideal candidates will hold a graduate degree in bioethics or have a professional degree with significant bioethics training, and will have had some previous experience in applied clinical and/or organizational ethics, including consultation and teaching. Applicants will be ranked based on five criteria: 1) previous training in bioethics, 2) experience in an applied clinical and/or organizational setting (preferably in clinical and/or organizational ethics), 3) commitment to a future in clinical and/or organizational ethics, 4) potential to make intellectual/scholarly contributions to bioethics, and 5) interpersonal skills.

If currently enrolled in a degree program, graduate students must have completed their degree or have formally submitted their thesis for defense before start of the Fellowship. Graduate students must have their supervisor send a letter confirming their graduation or formal submission of the thesis before the start of the fellowship.

Kindly email the following application documents to a) your curriculum vitae, b) a letter of intent describing your interest in clinical/organizational ethics and in this Fellowship, and explaining how your experience prepares you for the Fellowship.

Please also arrange to have three original letters of reference sent by your referees via email directly to Please ask your referees to address the selection criteria in paragraph 2 above.

For questions, please contact Brenda Knowles at, or leave a voice message at (416) 978-1898 or fax (416) 978-1911. The selection committee will accept applications until January 10, 2011.

While we appreciate all applications received, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.

155 College Street, Suite 754, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5T 1P8 Tel.: [416] 978-2709 Fax: [416] 978-1911

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

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