Call for Applications: Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Graduate Fellowship

September 25, 2020


Graduate students from any of Columbia’s schools whose work is related to any aspect of precision medicine are invited and encouraged to apply.


Fellows will receive a $2,500 stipend for the year. 


Precision Medicine—an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person—raises a myriad of cultural, political, and historical questions that the humanities are uniquely positioned to address. The Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture Project explores questions that precision medicine raises in law, ethics, the social sciences, and the humanities, which establishes the University as the center for scholarship relating to precision medicine and society. The working group provides an excellent opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary discussion, networking, and other work related to recent developments and the future of precision medicine and society. The project is co-directed by Maya Sabatello (Columbia University Irving Medical Center) and Gil Eyal (Columbia University’s Department of Sociology).

Graduate fellows will be expected to attend all meetings (5 public events followed by 5 working group meetings led by visiting scholars during the academic year); read circulated materials prior to the meetings and take part in conversation; provide an oral response to one of the scheduled speakers; write a short blog about that event; assist with promotion and publicity for meetings on Columbia’s campuses; and otherwise support and facilitate the work of the group. In addition, graduate fellows will work with the working group directors to develop a manuscript on a topic related to precision medicine and society and present on it to the working group and the Precision Medicine & Society Steering Committee. This year, given the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the working group will be hosting talks and small seminars online.


To apply, please submit your CV and a one-page letter describing your research interests, skills and how the Graduate Fellowship will advance your professional trajectory to Diana Garofalo ([email protected]). Please email Gil Eyal ([email protected]) and Maya Sabatello ([email protected]) with general questions.