Building International Research Ethics Capacity in China

Application process for the 2016-2018 Program

This program, which is sponsored in part by the Fogarty International Program of the United States (U.S.) National Institutes of Health, is designed to prepare faculty members, as well as senior staff and administrators in China, to establish or significantly enhance research ethics training programs, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), and/or research ethics compliance offices at their local institution, professional society, or academic journals.

Topics of instruction include bioethics, the responsible conduct of research, and effective IRB management. The first portion of the program occurs in the U.S. and is estimated to take up to 10 months. Additional training will occur in China. Individuals trained in this program are expected to provide others in China with instruction on the subjects that they learn about. About 90% of the cost of the program (approximately $25,000) is covered by our NIH grant. Fellows are only asked to pay a $2,500 program fee.

Twelve individuals will be selected. They must have (a) a strong capacity for writing, speaking, and understanding spoken and written English, (b) a strong background in bioethics, and (c) a plan for using the information they acquire in the U.S. to train others upon their return to China, and (d) adequate financial support from their institution or a Chinese funding agency for the program fee ($2,500) as well as international travel, visa and fees, health insurance, housing, and food.

Applications will be reviewed by Drs. Michael Zigmond and Beth Fischer (University of Pittsburgh) and by Professor Minsheng Fan (Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Applicants must also be interviewed in person or via Skype.

Individuals wishing to be considered for one of the positions should submit their materials in and in English and Mandarin to Dr. Zigmond, Dr. Fischer, and Professor Fan using both of these addresses: and The materials must include each of the following items:

1.   Application form: Complete the application provided below.

2. Curriculum vitae: This should include all publications and both research and teaching experience, together with the applicant’s contact information and the names and emails of three people who can provide letters of recommendation.

3.  A statement of support from your institution. This should include and indication that

  1. You will be permitted to remain in the US for up to 9-10 months.

  2. When you return to China you will be provided with the time necessary to teach others about the material you learned in the program.

  3. A statement that your Institution will guarantee the required program fee ($2,500) and will assist you in obtaining the funds required for as well as international travel, visa and fees, health insurance, housing, and food.

All application materials must be received no later than 1 January 2016. Candidates who meet the program requirements will be contacted to set up a time for an interview.

For further information please contact Dr. Zigmond, Dr. Fischer, or Professor Fan, at the above email addresses.

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