How to Apply

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The Bioethics Initiative welcomes applicants of any racial or ethnic background, religion or national origin. Eligibility also requires meeting the selection criteria below and being able to present a chest X-ray report, a physician's certification of general health, an immunization record and current tuberculosis test record.

Selection Criteria

Criteria for the internships and fellowships are identical except for the educational and professional experience preferences. Ideal candidates for the internship or fellowship should have the following qualities: 

  • Training in a discipline compatible with basic, clinical, or behavioral research or with health care ethics
  • Adherence to the diversity of the Bioethics Initiative for Equity in Health Care and Research track
  • Fit with the research program of the Bioethics Initiative for Equity in Health Care and Research
  • Previous clinical and/or clinical research experience (abstracts, publications, awards)
  • An interest in a career in multidisciplinary clinical research or health care ethics
  • Interest in studying health differences and disparities or health in historically underserved populations

The internship requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, but master's level training and professional experience is preferred. 

The fellowship requires a degree compatible with the goals of our program from an accredited Institution. A doctorate is preferred.

Submit an Application

Applications for the Bioethics Initiative internship and fellowship are accepted through MD Anderson’s DISCOVER System. Access requires a password that is generated when the applicant creates an account on the DISCOVER System. To request access to DISCOVER, contact the program manager below. A resume should accompany the request.

On-site interviews will be conducted for top candidates. MD Anderson Cancer Center will pay for travel, lodging and meals for the interview.

The following materials are required for the internship and fellowship:

  • Official transcripts (must be original, in a sealed envelope)
  • Three letters of recommendation from diverse individuals (e.g., employer, professor, academic advisor, someone able to attest to the applicant's character) stating length of time and capacity in which the individual has known applicant and why both the applicant and the Integrated Ethics Service at MD Anderson Cancer Center would benefit from the applicant’s participation
  • Current curriculum vitae, including list of publications
  • Letter of intent that covers the following topics:
    • Why the applicant is interested in the fellowship
    • Personal traits that make the applicant well-suited for the fellowship
    • Experiences that have prepared applicant for the fellowship
    • Potential research area(s)
    • A one- to two-page description and discussion of a current ethical issue that the applicant has confronted personally or finds particularly challenging

Hard-copy documents may be submitted to the program manager:

Karen Terrell

Integrated Ethics/Unit 1430
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
PO Box 304102
Houston, Texas 77230-1402

Telephone: 713-792-8775
Fax: 713-745-0674

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