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Professional Opportunities

Postdoctoral Program

CLOSED: Postdoctoral Scholar, 2023-2024 (PDF)

Applications for the position of postdoctoral scholar for the academic year 2023-2024 are no longer accepted. The institute intends to hire a maximum of two (2) postdoctoral scholars for 2023-2024. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. granted from an accredited university at the time the position begins. The position typically begins in September.

The postdoctoral scholar position is a one-year appointment. Salary, as based on University of California salary scales and candidate qualifications, will be provided in exchange for active participation in the institute’s program of activities. The primary task of the postdoctoral scholar is to work on their own research.

Primary consideration will be given to applications submitted by Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, and all applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applications should should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement (1,000 words maximum) summarizing the applicant’s intellectual interests, scholarly training, and research agenda as these relate to the mission of the Institute for Practical Ethics
  • Copies of no more than two representative publications or dissertation chapters
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Opportunities for UC San Diego Faculty and Research Scientists

CLOSED: Conferences and Workshops (PDF)

The Institute for Practical Ethics will consider proposals for the funding of conferences that fit institute goals. Applications will support conferences completed in the current academic year (2022-2023) or next (2023-2024).

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be internal UC San Diego senate faculty and research scientists. Postdoctoral scholars and other academic employees are eligible to apply if a senate faculty member will serve as a co-applicant.
  • Project size: The Institute for Practical Ethics intends to offer two (2) awards of a maximum of $15,000 each. Successful applications will clearly demonstrate the relevance to the institute’s mission.
  • Dates: Applications were accepted through Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. Applicants will be notified by Friday, Dec. 9, 2022.

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Visiting Scholar Program

OPEN: Visiting Scholar Program (PDF)

The Institute for Practical Ethics offers a limited number of visiting scholar positions each academic year in order to support advanced research and writing on any aspect of the mission of the institute.

Visiting scholars must have their own extramural funding, but are provided with shared office space, as well as full access to all UC San Diego academic, institutional and recreational resources. Visiting scholars may request for living allowance to help defray costs during stay at UC San Diego. They benefit from interaction in a supportive, interdisciplinary community of scholars and have an opportunity to present their research.

 Interested applicants are encouraged to inquire with Tara Nadeau at


Opportunities for UC San Diego Graduate Students

CLOSED: Student Summer Funding Fellowships

The 2022-2023 fellowships will allow Ph.D. students engaged in social science or humanistic research to work on a project within the mission of the institute. The student’s dissertation need not be on this topic. We anticipate students working on a side project from their primary dissertation research that may result in a journal article.

Applications are now closed. The full list of 2022-2023 Ph.D. fellows will be announced fall 2022.


Updated March 20, 2023