International Visiting Fellowships in Medical Ethics, Bochum, Germany


The Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
(Director: Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Jochen Vollmann)
invites applications for Visiting Fellowships in Medical Ethics

The fellowships are awarded to doctoral or post-doctoral researchers under the Institute’s established International Visiting Fellowship Programme in Medical Ethics. In accordance with the Ruhr-Universität’s internationalisation strategy, the programme is intended to promote international presence and collaboration in our Institute. As one of the country’s leading groups in the interdisciplinary field of medical ethics, we offer a dynamic research environment. Our research covers a broad range of topics and methods, including projects with philosophical as well as empirical social-scientific approaches. We frequently co-operate with national and international partners. The working languages in our Institute are German and English

The fellows will be given intensive research support and office facilities in the Institute. The University's International Office and Welcome Centre provide support and advice prior to and during the stay in Bochum. The duration of the fellowships is up to 2 months (slots: April - July or October - November). Fellows receive a monthly stipend of 1.200 EUR to cover their living expenses in Germany. Fellowships do not provide medical insurance or other social benefits. Social security or tax-payments are not deducted from the stipend.

We are looking for talented and dedicated scholars with strong intellectual abilities, an interest in interdisciplinary research, flexibility, team-working skills, and a very good command of the English language. Candidates should have successfully completed a doctoral degree in medicine, philosophy, social sciences, psychology, or another relevant discipline with experience in the field of medical ethics. Besides conducting their research project, the visiting fellows contribute to the Institute’s research colloquium, lunchtime seminar, workshops and other academic activities. Regular attendance in the Institute is required.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is committed to promoting the careers of women in areas in which they are under-represented and, therefore, actively welcomes applications from female candidates. As an equal opportunities employer, we explicitly encourage applications from suitably qualified disabled candidates and other groups.

Further information on the Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine can be found on our homepage. For further questions, in advance of your application, please contact Prof. Dr. Dr. Jochen Vollmann ( Email:

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a short outline (1-2 pages) of the purpose of your visit and can be send in with the key word "Fellowship" to:

Prof. Dr. Dr. Jochen Vollmann
Abteilung für Medizinische Ethik und Geschichte der Medizin
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Markstraße 258a,
D-44799 Bochum, Germany