A philosophical graduate education in bioethics.

Our scholars work closely with Georgetown’s Department of Philosophy to support a variety of graduate degrees that allow advanced work in bioethics. Many of the Institute’s core faculty hold joint appointments in the Department of Philosophy, and are actively involved in student recruitment, dissertation mentoring, and job placement.

Graduate students at Georgetown can apply for selective fellowships at the KIE, participate in dynamic exchanges at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other partner institutions in the DC area, design and teach undergraduate-level courses, and coach our undergraduate ethics teams. Alumni include the chief of the Department of Bioethics at the NIH, members of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, academic leaders, and leading researchers in the field of bioethics.

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree at Georgetown with a focus in bioethics must apply directly to the Philosophy Department. You can learn more about Georgetown’s Philosophy PhD, and joint JD/PhD and MD/PhD programs at their website.

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Explore recent bioethics offerings.

Recent graduate seminars include:

  • Authority: Political/Moral  Henry S. Richardson
  • Deontic Pluralism  Margaret Olivia Little
  • Distributive Justice  Madison Powers
  • Environmental Justice  Virginia A. Sharpe
  • Ethics of Death & Dying  Robert M. Veatch
  • Ethics Proseminar  Henry S. Richardson
  • Joint Seminar in Law and Philosophy: Rights  Henry S. Richardson & John Mikhail
  • Just Wars in Theory & Practice  John Langan
  • Kantian Ethics  Karen Stohr
  • Life, Death, & the Law I  John Keown
  • Life, Death, & the Law II  John Keown
  • Methods of Bioethics  Tom L. Beauchamp
  • Moral Epistemology  Margaret Olivia Little
  • Moral Psychology  Alisa Carse
  • Theories of Medical Ethics  Robert M. Veatch
  • Virtue Ethics  Karen Stohr

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Connect with bioethics beyond the classroom.

Graduate students’ opportunities expand well beyond our classroom walls. Inquire about selective graduate fellowships or research associate opportunities at the KIE, attend the NIH joint seminar, sit on one of Georgetown’s IRBs, or help coach our award-winning ethics bowl teams.

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NIH Joint Seminar

The Kennedy Institute is one of four co-sponsors of the Joint Colloquium in Bioethics, a topical seminar that meets 4-5 times each semester at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD to discuss the work of distinguished visiting speakers.

Seminars are attended by a select group of faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from the NIH, Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and The George Washington University. Each meeting includes a two-hour discussion of the visiting scholar’s work (circulated ahead of time), followed by an informal dinner on-site.

Interested in attending? Reach out to current Georgetown point-person and KIE Senior Research Scholar Sean Aas, or get in touch directly with the series organizer to be added to the participant list.

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