Monash-WHO Bioethics Fellowship

  • The Centre for Human Bioethics, in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Ethics Unit (in the Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research), has established an annual Fellowship, enabling one Monash Master of Bioethics student per year to undertake a 2 or 3 month internship at WHO headquarters in Geneva. The Fellowship is usually valued at AUS$9,000 per year.

    As bioethics interns at WHO, Fellows assist with research projects in the Global Health Ethics Unit. The aim is for Fellows to have a semi-professional experience learning about the substantive work, as well as about international organizations.

    For the 2014/15 internship, applications are due in by 5pm on Monday the 27th of October 2014.

    Further information about how to apply for the Fellowship is also available.

    For some background information on the program, see:

    For more details of the work and projects undertaken by previous Fellows, please see reports from:

    • Shawneequa Callier – with the Ethics, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Program, 2002
    • Angela Ballantyne – with the Human Genetics Programme, 2003
    • Imogen Goold – with the Human Genetics Programme, 2005
    • Adam Henschke – with the Human Genetics Programme, 2006
    • Danny Edwards – with the Department of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law, 2007 – see also this brief video of Danny speaking about his studies with the Centre including his time in Geneva [Video 4.04 mins.]
    • Jennifer Brown – with the Department of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law, 2008
    • Esther Davis – with the Ethics and Health Unit, a branch of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights (ETH), 2010
    • Rhys Price-Robertson – with the Ethics and Health Unit, a branch of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights (ETH), 2010/11.
    • Dr Lynn Woodward – with the Ethics and Health team, in the Department of Ethics and Social Determinants, 2012
    • Evie Kendall – with the Global Health Ethics Unit, in the Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research, 2013
    • Dr. Euzebiusz (Zeb) Jamrozik was awarded the 2013/14 Fellowship and is currently serving as an intern with the Global Health Ethics Unit, in the Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research

    For practical information about living in Geneva, see:

    With other queries on the Fellowship contact the Centre Director, Michael Selgelid, on 9902 4847, or email: Michael.Selgelid@monash.edu.

  • If you would like to apply for for the Monash-WHO Fellowship, please send your application to Michael Selgelid via email (Michael.Selgelid@monash.edu). In your application, you should address the following headings: Academic Record: What topics in Bioethics have you studied? What bioethics subjects (if any) have you completed? What results have you achieved in your studies, particularly for ... Read more
  • February 2003 While at WHO I worked for the Human Genetics Unit and completed projects in WHO’s Ethics, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Program. I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects including a comparative database I designed of international, national, and regional legislation, policy models, and statements that address four ... Read more
  • February 2004 Throughout my time at the Human Genetics Programme (HGN) I worked both independently and in close co-operation with my supervisor Alyna Smith, HGN’s Ethics Officer, and with its Communications Officer, Sameera Suri. My work at HGN related to four distinct projects. First, I was involved in the review by international experts of an HGN report, ... Read more
  • Internship – Itemized Budget of Expenses Shawneequa Callier – 2002 Duration: 2 months Type of Fee Cost in Geneva (Swiss Francs) Amount Required (AUD) Plane Fare   $1980* Transportation (Monthly bus pass) 70 CHF (35 CHF/ Month) $80.40 Rent 1140 CHF (570 CHF/Month) * $1308.91 Food 600 CHF (300 CHF/ Month) * $688.90 Phone 30 CHF (15 CHF/Month) $34.44 Travel and Health Insurance   $460.00 Immunization/Medications   Not Required VISA Application   Not Required Miscellaneous (laundry, alarm clock, personal expenses, etc.) 400 CHF (200 CHF/ Month) $459.27 Total   $5,011.92 * ... Read more
  • Tips on finding accommodation in Geneva Angela Ballantyne February 2004 I stayed at 2 rue de Lyon, which is very centrally located, right near the central train station. A five-minute walk to the bus (number 8) that goes directly to WHO. The house has nine apartments – four of which are reserved for interns and trainees. Each apartment ... Read more