Center for Law and the Biosciences Fellowship

Fellowship Program at the Center for Law and the Biosciences.

The Goal:

This fellowship is intended for individuals who are seeking an academic or policy career working on legal and social issues arising from advances in the biosciences, with a particular emphasis on neuroscience, genetics, or stem cell research.  (Seventeen of our former fellows are now teaching at universities in the United States, Asia, and Europe.)

The Center:

The Center for Law and the Biosciences, directed by Professor Hank Greely, examines bioscience discoveries in the context of the law, weighing their impact on society and the law’s role in shaping that impact.  The Center is part of the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology.

Located at the heart of the world’s biotechnology industry and inside a preeminent research university, the Center brings together academics, lawyers, scientists, policy-makers, and students.  Through conferences, workshops, lectures, and academic courses, the Center promotes research and public discourse on the ethical, legal, scientific, economic, and social implications of accelerated technological change in the life sciences.

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The Fellowship:

The Center for Law and the Biosciences Fellowship is a residential fellowship that provides an opportunity to conduct research in the dynamic environment of Stanford Law School.  We prefer two-year fellowships to help the fellow complete a significant body of independent scholarship, but we are willing to consider one-year terms.  We expect fellows to dedicate most of their time to pursuing their proposed research projects, while dedicating about one-sixth of their time to organizing and implementing other Center activities, including our annual conference, our monthly speaker series, our biweekly journal club, and our other activities, as well as writing for our blog.  Fellows are encouraged to become part of a lively law-school-wide community of individuals with an interest in legal academia by attending weekly faculty lunch seminars and participating in activities with the other fellows at Stanford Law School to learn more about their legal scholarship and academic life.  For the 2022-2023 fellowship, we will provide fellows with work space, a competitive salary, and a generous benefits package.  Applicants should have a JD or other doctoral level degree (MD, PhD) in a relevant area.  A law degree is a substantial advantage, but is not a requirement.  (Note – we expect to hire one or two new fellows for 2022-2023 but that is contingent on funding and other factors.)

The Application Process:

Applicants should submit a CV with contact information for three references, a writing sample, and a research proposal (2000 words or less) to the Stanford Career website:, search for job number:  91555.

Application Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM Pacific time. We will choose fellows based on demonstrated academic merit and potential, and on the intellectual strength of their research proposals. Decisions will be made on or around Friday, January 7, 2022.

For more information, please visit the Official Application Announcement.