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Summer Bioethics Program: Toward a More Inclusive Bioethics Community

About the Program

The Hastings Center Summer Bioethics Program: Toward a More Inclusive Bioethics Community is a virtual program for students from groups that are underrepresented in bioethics, including, but not limited to, communities of color, Indigenous communities, residents of rural areas, and students with disabilities. Accepted students receive a stipend of $750 and have the opportunity to engage with distinguished scholars from around the country and to learn about theoretical and applied issues in bioethics. Students develop skill in explaining and justifying their views on topics in bioethics, as well as learn how to listen with respect to divergent views. Sessions include lectures, group discussions, and small group exercises. To meet the students and instructors for our first session, visit the program website.


Students must be enrolled, at the time of application, as undergraduates in accredited colleges or universities in the United States; come from an underrepresented community; and be in good academic standing. Bioethics experience is not required; intense interest is.

Application Requirements [applications for this year are now closed.]

The following documents are required:

  • A completed online application
  • Resume or CV (2 page maximum)
  • A copy of a recent official transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor familiar with your academic ability
  • An essay of approximately 500 words expressing your interest in bioethics and explaining how the Hastings Summer Bioethics program can advance your educational goals

The selection committee will choose candidates on the basis of their interests and consideration of how this program might benefit their educational goals.