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Professional Opportunities

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: Ph.D. Student Summer Funding Fellowships (PDF)

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.


Postdoctoral Program

CLOSED: Postdoctoral Scholar, 2022-2023 (PDF)

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.


Opportunities for UC San Diego Faculty

CLOSED: Small Grants for Faculty and Research Scientists (Seed Grants)

The Institute for Practical Ethics announced its third call of small grants for faculty and research scientists at UC San Diego. Read the full grant program outline (PDF) for complete information, now closed.

Examples of topical areas supported include — but are not limited to — social or ethical issues arising in big data and engineering, climate change, genetic engineering, clinical trials in medicine, biodiversity, nudging in healthcare and empirical investigations into ethics. Learn more about winning grants from previous years.


Updated July 29, 2022