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AFRO-NETS> International Research Ethics Fellowship
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> International Research Ethics Fellowship
- From: Andrea Egan <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 16:29:05 -0400 (EDT)
International Research Ethics Fellowship
The Johns Hopkins-Fogarty International Research Ethics Fellowship
Program for Scientists from sub-Saharan Africa
The Bloomberg School of Public Health and Bioethics Institute, in
collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), De-
partment of Clinical Bioethics, are pleased to announce the avail-
ability of a one year training program in research ethics for scien-
tists from sub-Saharan Africa. The fellowship will provide funding
for scientists to study bioethics and research ethics, and also to do
an independent project in their home country related to research eth-
ics. The program is directed by Drs. Nancy Kass and Adnan Hyder of
the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Who should apply for the fellowship program? Appropriate candidates
include researchers who are working at universities, government min-
istries, private organizations and other relevant health research in-
stitutions who have a strong interest in international research eth-
ics and other professionals working with institutional review boards
or in the field of international research ethics in developing coun-
tries. We will be accepting pre- and post-doctoral fellows. Pre-
doctoral fellows must have a bachelors degree in any relevant field.
Post-doctoral fellows must have a M.D., Ph.D. or the equivalent. Fel-
lows should develop a clear plan of how they will integrate the
training into their current work/research responsibilities, should
have a clear statement of support from a division head or other rele-
vant supervisor and preferably should have some previous experience
in research ethics.
Where is the fellowship program based? The fellowship program is a
one-year program. For six months, from January through June, fellows
will be based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA at The Bloomberg School of
Hygiene and Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University, attending
classes, seminars and other relevant training opportunities. For the
second half of the training year, from July through December, fellows
will return to their home country and conduct an independent project
related to research ethics under the supervision of mentor(s) in the
U.S. and in their host country.
What type of training do fellows receive? All fellows will take
courses in bioethics, research ethics and international research eth-
ics. There will be opportunities for them to take other courses that
might be of interest, such as health services research methods, epi-
demiology or international health systems. Fellows will participate
in monthly seminars of the Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute, and the
NIH Department of Clinical Bioethics and will also observe monthly
Institutional Review Board (IRB) meetings at Johns Hopkins or NIH.
What type of projects will fellows be involved in when they return
home? Funding will be provided for fellows to conduct an independent
project in their home country. Projects might include providing eth-
ics workshops for research colleagues or IRB members; conducting a
research project where study participants are interviewed to see what
they understand; implementing a new type of informed consent proce-
dure in a study and evaluating it; or writing a scholarly paper on an
aspect of international ethics that is of interest to the fellow.
Mentors from both abroad and the U.S. will provide guidance and sup-
port during the project period by email.
When does the fellowship program begin? Three fellows will be ac-
cepted into the program to start in January, 2002.
Do fellows receive degrees? No, the fellows will be non-degree stu-
dents at Johns Hopkins University and will not receive a degree from
the university. Fellows will receive a certificate from the Bioethics
Institute at Johns Hopkins after they have completed the one year
What type of support do fellows receive through the program? Tuition
for courses at Johns Hopkins University and for the Georgetown Uni-
versity, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Intensive Bioethics Training
Course Housing in a single, full-service apartment in Baltimore for 6
months 6-month stipend to cover food and other living expenses while
in Baltimore Round-trip airfare between home country to Baltimore,
Maryland Local transportation (for relevant meetings in Washington,
D.C.) Access to library facilities at Johns Hopkins University and
Georgetown University Access to computer facilities at Johns Hopkins
University Funds to support research costs for 6-month independent
study in their home country
How do I apply for the fellowship program? Application for 2002 fel-
lows are due on October 1, 2001. All application material can be
downloaded from The Johns Hopkins University Bioethics Institute web-
Application material can be submitted by fax, or by courier mail to:
Mr. Shawn Storer
The Johns Hopkins University
624 N. Broadway, Hampton House, Room 348
Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
Whom can I contact for more information about the fellowship program?
Please write to Dr. Suzanne Maman for any further information about
the program or the application process:
Suzanne Maman, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Department of International Health
615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E7146
Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
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