PhD studentship: The ethical aspects of organoids at Leuven

14 February 2019

The application deadline is the 15th of March, 2019.

Host institution: Centre for biomedical ethics and law, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven (Belgium)

In 2016 and 2017 the University of Leuven (KUL) was listed by Thomson Reuters in the annual list of Europe’s most innovative universities. The Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law (KUL-CBMER) is part of the University of Leuven and is a renowned research centre in Europe with expertise in ethics, law, philosophy and close links with various medical and care disciplines. You will be part of the broader research consortium Organovir.  Organovir is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) that focuses on the use of organoid technology and will provide 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). 

Project description

This project focuses on the ethical and social challenges of organoids (mini organs), with due attention to implications for policy. During this project, you will be focussing 1) on the ethical status of organoids and 2) on the implications of the use of organoids regarding the replacement and reduction of animals in experimental medical research.  This will be done by investigating the existing literature and setting up empirical tools to explore the attitudes and opinions of different stakeholders on the development of adaptive structures.  A cooperative analysis on ethical policies will be conducted in different European countries. This project also includes two secondments: one with the National (Dutch) Institute for Public Health and the Environment, and one with the Dutch Society for the Replacement of Animal Testing .

You will be guided during your research project by Kris Dierickx, professor of biomedical ethics at KU Leuven.


Organovir is looking for research candidates who are highly motivated and enthusiastic with a flexible, pro-active team spirit and a recent Master degree in the field of (bio)ethics, philosophy, life/health sciences, biology, social or political sciences with interest in the ethics and governance of new biomedical technology. Experience with qualitative research methods is an advantage. The candidate is required to be proficient in the English language and should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research career.

In addition, the applicant should not, at the time that he/she is selected by the host institution, have resided or carried out their work and/or studies in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.   

What we offer 

The selected candidates will be enrolled in a KU Leuven PhD program on a full-time basis for 36 months, and will receive a competitive salary in accordance with the EC MSCA regulations for early stage researchers.  Efforts will be made to acquire additional funding for the 4th PhD year.

The starting date of the research project is the 1st of September 2019.

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PhD: Mental Health/Disability and Implementation of Human Rights in an International Context

22 May 2017

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) at the University of Nottingham invites applications for a scholarship on the above topic, to be funded by the IMH. The scholarship forms part of a developing collaboration with the WHO in Geneva relating to human rights and mental health.

The successful student will be enrolled in the four-year doctoral programme in Mental Health and Well-Being, and interdisciplinary social sciences programme co-ordinated through the IMH. This programme includes extensive training in social sciences methodology, offered through the Midlands Doctoral Training Partnership. While successful candidates will have an academic home at the IMH, they will be formally enrolled in one of the IMH’s partner schools, Medicine (Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology), Sociology and Social Policy, Business, Law, Applied Linguistics (part of the School of English) and Health Sciences.

The scholarship is for four-years, including the initial year focussing on structured research training. It covers the equivalent of full HEU fees and maintenance, and a maintenance grant of. £14,400). Continuation of the scholarship is subject to annual review of academic progress. The scholarship is open to UK home students and EU/EEA students only.

The IMH is a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Nottingham. It was launched in 2006, and has grown rapidly to become one of the leading mental health institutes in the UK, currently with more than 360 members. It has 21 full professors of the University of Nottingham who provide supervision to PhD students and currently holds research contracts to the value of £28million. This comes in from research councils (for example, the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council), the National Institute of Health Research (via Programme Grants, Health Technology Assessment and Service Delivery and Organisation), government agencies, and through charities (for example the Wellcome Trust and the Burdett Trust).

In the first instance, expressions of interest including a draft research proposal, a CV, a list of subjects studied and marks attained in each subject, should be sent to Professor Peter Bartlett, peter.bartlett [at]

PhD studentship: Empirical Bioethics

24 January 2017

Funded Studentship (3.5 years), Ethics and Society unit, Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.

At short notice a funded PhD studentship has been made available at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Professor Heather Draper.

The closing date for applications is 30th January 2017. Interviews will be held on 2nd February at the University of Warwick. The successful candidate will be expected to start 2nd October 2017 and will be located at Warwick Medical School. 

Project area – any topic that aligns with Professor Draper’s research interests, which include ethical issues arising from:

  • Assistive technology, social robotics, digital health
  • Organ/tissue transplantation
  • Military medicine
  • Parental responsibilities and health
  • Public health, infectious disease, pandemics, humanitarian responses
  • Research ethics

Candidate must be willing to work using an empirical bioethics approach. Training will be given if necessary. Candidate should also be willing to assist with teaching as appropriate and contribute to responsibilities and academic life of the Ethics and Society unit. The first academic supervisor will be Professor Heather Draper, Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School.  

The applicant should have a degree directly related to bioethics e.g. philosophy, or medicine, social science or law with modules taken and passed in bioethics. A relevant masters degree would be a distinct advantage. 

This studentship is available to Home and EU students, according to fee status, that meet Research Council eligibility requirements based on residency.  The studentship includes full fees for the successful candidate along with a tax free maintenance allowance in line with Research Council UK standard stipend (£14,057 for the previous year 2015/16)

Please contact Professor Heather Draper for further information: h.draper[at] + 44 (0) 24761 50347

To formally apply, please send a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a one page personal statement to wms.rdcoord[at] clearly stating the studentship you are applying for.

The ad can be found here:

PhD: ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine’ at the University of Sheffield – Philosophy

19 January 2017

‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine’ is a collaborative research project in applied epistemology and ethics between the University of Gröningen, the University of Sheffield and CUNY Graduate Center, sponsored by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) led by Profs Boudewijn de Bruin (Gröningen) and Miranda Fricker (CUNY Graduate Center/Sheffield).

This PhD studentship commences on 1 September 2017. The successful candidate will spend three years pursuing research for the Sheffield PhD in Philosophy, and they will be expected to visit Gröningen during their second year. They may also visit CUNY Graduate Center in New York, though there is not at present any extra funding for those purposes. After completion of the Sheffield PhD at the end of Year Three, they will spend Year Four in Gröningen pursuing research leading to a second PhD in Philosophy or in Economics from the University of Gröningen.

Supervision will be shared between Profs de Bruin and Fricker, with further supervisory support given by colleagues at Sheffield. Details of the overall project available on request from mfricker [at]


The studentship is open to students of any nationality. Normally, candidates should have completed a minimum of two years’ full-time undergraduate study in Philosophy, and have gained a good 2.1 BA Honours Degree (67%) or equivalent (US GPA 3.6). Candidates should have completed a Master’s course (or equivalent) in Philosophy, with a substantial research component, achieving a grade equivalent to 67%. It is desirable that candidates also have some knowledge of Finance or Medicine.

Please see for English Language requirements.

Application Process

Candidates should submit an application for the Sheffield PhD via

using the heading ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice studentship’.

Applying for a studentship in this project does not preclude applicants from applying for other sources of funding for their PhD.

In their online research proposal (900-1000 words), candidates should make clear how their background and interests make them a suitable candidate for the Towards Professional Epistemic Justice project, and explain the specific lines of enquiry they would wish to pursue within the framework of the project and the branch of it (epistemic justice and finance/ medicine) in which they wish to situate their thesis. Candidates may propose any project they see as broadly fitting these themes. Topics covered might include the structure of virtue and/or vice, virtues of epistemic justice, individual and collective or institutional virtues and vices, procedural remedies for biased outcomes, overcoming implicit bias, self-trust, self-fulfilling testimonial injustice, recognition theory, broader issues of justice and injustice in medicine and/or finance etc.

Candidates must also send an email message to Professor Fricker, mfricker [at] notifying her that an application has been submitted and giving her the application number using ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice studentship’ in the subject line.

Interviews (probably by Skype or FaceTime) will be held in March 2017.

For further information, please contact Prof Miranda Fricker (mfricker [at] and/or Prof Boudewijn de Bruin ( [at]

Funding Details

The studentship is funded from 1/9/2107 to 31/7/2021 directly by the University of Gröningen. It pays €28,498 (Year 1), €33,201 (Year 2), €34,778 (Year 3) and €31,245 (Year 4 until 31/7/2021) and are subject to Dutch tax law. These funds are to pay course fees at Sheffield and to provide maintenance.

Location of PhD

University of Sheffield (3 years)

University of Groningen (1 year)

PhD studentship: Perceptual Experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder

22 December 2014

The closing date for receipt of applications for the College of Arts projects is Friday, 23 January 2015

There is a potential PhD studentship being advertised to work jointly with Professor Fiona Macpherson (philosopher at University of Glasgow) and Dr David Simmons (psychologist at University of Glasgow) on the topic of Perceptual Experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Details of the project are here, and about the application process here.

Doctoral positions: Global effects of resource allocation, legal and cultural factors on end of life decision making in paediatric critical illness

27 January 2012

Dr David Inwald, Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Intensive Care at Imperial College (and KCL MA Medical Ethics and Law alumnus), is looking for potential PhD students to investigate “Global effects of resource allocation, legal and cultural factors on end of life decision making in paediatric critical illness”. If interested please contact Dr Inwald at d.inwald [at]

PhD studentship: Capabilities approach, gender and health

13 April 2011

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has a number of PhD studentships for UK and EU students funded by the UK ESRC under their programme in ‘Health and Wellbeing’.  The program consists of three pathways: Health Economics, Public Health Interventions, and Global Change and Health.

One of the PhD studentships in the Public Health Interventions pathway is earmarked for research on the capabilities approach.  The research should aim to integrate capabilities approach theory and practice, public health, gender studies, and development studies.  It is provisionally titled ‘Towards a new measure of gender justice: Operationalizing the Sen/Nussbaum capabilities approach as a means to evaluate development projects.’ The supervisors are Lori Heise and Sridhar Venkatapuram.  The PhD research will be multi-disciplinary.  We invite prospective students to contact the supervisors prior to making an application.

Lori Heise:
Sridhar Venkatapuram:

Further information about the program is available here.

PhD Studentship: Generation to Reproduction

16 September 2010

The University of Cambridge invites applications for a doctoral studentship funded by a Wellcome Trust strategic award in history of medicine. We seek outstanding candidates whose research would fall within the theme ‘Generation to Reproduction’.

Possible areas for doctoral projects include, but are not limited to:
patient–practitioner relations around fertility and other encounters that framed the generative body; the influence of diseases, including venereal diseases, on reproductive behaviour and demographic patterns; representation and communication of generation and reproduction; ancient, medieval and early-modern investigations into generation; generation and childbirth in medical cases and casebooks;
the reorganization of knowledge of generation/reproduction, especially in the age of revolutions; such sciences as embryology, obstetrics, gynaecology, evolutionary biology, reproductive physiology, genetics and developmental biology; reform movements around birth control, population control and sexual science; twentieth-century transformations in techniques, experiences and regulation; networks linking academic biology to reproductive medicine and public health, agriculture, especially animal breeding, and/or pharmaceutical industry; techniques for monitoring and manipulating pregnancy, hormones, genes, gametes and embryos, e.g., pregnancy testing, genetic screening, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer; sexology, psychology and psychoanalysis, including social and psychological practices for making babies and families.

The three-year studentship pays a generous stipend plus University and College fees at the home rate only. Candidates will usually be expected to hold a Master’s in the history of medicine or with strong emphasis on the history of medicine.

Informal inquiries may be made to the award holder with the most relevant interests. A list of award holders can be found here.

Formal applications should be submitted through the relevant Department or Faculty in the usual way, indicating an interest in the studentship. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2011 to be admitted in October 2011. The closing date for online applications is 1 February.  Further details of how to apply can be found here.

PhD Studentship: A sociological study of health-related enhancement technologies

16 July 2010

University of Edinburgh
Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
Centre for Population Health Sciences

Applications are invited for this full-time PhD studentship commencing 1st October or as soon as possible thereafter. This is offered as part of the Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Strategic Award programme ‘The Human Body, its Scope, Limits and Future’ (a collaboration between the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh). The student will be based in the University of Edinburgh Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, and associated with the Centre for Population Health Sciences, as well as having close links with Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation at the University of Manchester. This Wellcome Trust Strategic Award is a five-year
programme led by Professor John Harris and colleagues at iSEI and by Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley at CRFR. This multidisciplinary programme follows five strands of innovative research: 1. Human biomaterials; 2. Genethics; 3. Reproduction; 4. Enhancement; 5. Methods in Bioethics Students are invited to think about possible projects on the sociology of healthrelated enhancement, and include their ideas for the empirical research in their cover letter.
The project will be supervised by Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley (CRFR and CPHS), Dr Martyn Pickersgill (CPHS) and Dr Gill Haddow (Innogen). CRFR has a thriving postgraduate research community and close links with CPHS and the Division of Community Health Sciences (, and the School of Social and Political Science (

Applicants must have achieved a 2:1 or higher in their first degree in sociology or a related social science discipline, and preferably have a relevant MA or MSc. The award provides a maintenance grant (£18,685) and full fees.

To apply please submit the following:
· A two-page cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for this
project (including brief project proposal)
· An up-to-date CV
· Two academic referees
· Degree certificate/transcript (notarised copies are acceptable).

Please send your application to Vivien M Smith, CRFR Business Manager, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LN ( by the closing date of Friday 6th August 2010. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held towards the end of August. Informal inquiries can be made to Sarah Cunningham-Burley ( before 30th July 2010, or Martyn Pickersgill ( before 4th August.

PhD Studentship: Community treatment orders under the Mental Health Act 2007

7 May 2010

The School of Law at the University of Nottingham has been awarded an ESRC 1+3 CASE studentship, jointly with the Care Quality Commission, for a study into the use of community treatment orders under the Mental Health Act 2007. The study will involve both qualitative and quantitative methods, including interviewing of professionals and service users. A more detailed summary of the project is attached.

The scholarship will cover four years at the standard ESRC rate (including, for home students, full tuition and a living allowance of approximately £15,000 p.a.). The first year will be spent in the MA programme in Socio-Legal and Criminological Research. Upon successful completion, the student will progress to a doctoral programme supervised by Peter Bartlett (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Professor of Mental Health Law) and Nell Munro for the School of Law, and Mat Kinton (Senior Policy Analyst, Mental Health) for the Care Quality Commission.

Initial inquiries may be directed as soon as possible to Peter Bartlett ( for academic matters, and Beverley Roberts ( for administrative and procedural matters relating to applications.

Short-listing will occur on or shortly after 30 May 2010. The studentship will be allocated by the end of June.