The Monash Bioethics Centre annually offers a Fellowship enabling one Monash Master of Bioethics student to undertake a 2 to 3 month internship with the Global Health Ethics Unit at World Health Organisation (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Fellowship provides up to AU$9,000 reimbursement for travel, accommodation, and food.
As bioethics interns at WHO, Fellows assist with projects of the Global Health Ethics Unit. The aim is for Fellows to have a semi-professional experience learning about the substantive work of the Unit, as well as international organizations more generally.
As part of their WHO internship, Fellows who have not already fully completed their Master of Bioethics coursework may wish (but are not neccessarily required) to complete APG5044 (Professional internship) as a (or the) capstone unit toward their Master of Bioethics degree
**We are pleased to announce that two Fellowships will be offered in 2016 (for WHO visits in 2016 or 2017). It is expected that at least one Fellowship winner in 2016 will (as part of their WHO internship) complete APG5044 (Professional internship) as a (or the) capstone unit toward their Master of Bioethics degree.**
For the 2016 Fellowships, applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday the 1st of July 2016.
Further information about how to apply for the Fellowship is also available.
To be eligible for the Monash-WHO Fellowship, students must be currently enrolled in the Monash Master of Bioethics program or apply no later than one semester after completing the course.
For some background information on the program, see:
- General information about the WHO Internship Programme (which Monash Fellows will become part of). It should be noted that Master of Bioethics students (or graduates) can apply directly to the WHO Internship Programme whether or not they apply for or are awarded a Fellowship–i.e., if able to self-fund a visit to WHO. It would in principle be possible for any Master of Bioethics student serving as a WHO Intern (with or without a Fellowship) to enrol in the Professional Internship Unit (i.e., APG5044) (as part of the Master of Bioethics program)—but this is not required.
- WHO’s page on past interns at http://www.who.int/genomics/interns/pastinterns/en/ and
- The announcement of the Monash-WHO Fellowship in the Monash Memo.
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; Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research; 2013
- Dr. Euzebiusz (“Zeb”) Jamrozik – with the Global Health Ethics Unit; Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research; 2014.
- Thomas Burns – with the Global Health Ethics Unit; Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research; 2015.
- Pat McConville – with the Global Health Ethics Unit; Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research; 2016.
- Helene Jacmon and Nicholas Aagard have both been awarded Fellowships in 2016, to serve as interns with the Global Health Ethics Unit in 2016 or 2017.
For practical information about living in Geneva, see:
- 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