Yale University Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics


The Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics, hosted annually by Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, is a 2-month long intensive summer programme for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals from various disciplines. Participants attend a series of morning lectures surveying the field of bioethics, and intensive seminars on special topics such as neuroethics, care for the dying, bioethics and law, philosophy, technology and ethics, public health ethics, etc. Students also attend discussion groups and visit the esteemed Hastings Center. For the latest updates about the programme and helpful resources for prospective students, please visit the programme page linked above.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria: CIPE supports up to 2 students to attend the Summer Institute in Bioethics. Current first and second-year students are encouraged to apply. A strong application will demonstrate curiosity, thoughtfulness and an interest in bioethics manifested by having taken courses or written papers in the area, or by having engaged with bioethical issues through work or extracurricular activities. For more information on the selection criteria, visit the programme website.

Application Deadline: 1 February (internal); Rolling (external). See below for more information.

How to Apply: Candidates first apply to and are selected by a committee of CIPE and Yale-NUS faculty. After being selected internally, successful candidates submit their application directly to the Summer Institute in Bioethics.

  • For the first stage of the application process, students must apply in Symplicity to the posting “Yale University Summer Institute in Bioethics.” The application requires a CV/ resume, an unofficial transcript and two statements of purpose that mirror the statements required in the Summer Institute application.
  • During the second stage, students selected after the first stage apply directly to the Summer Institute in Bioethics by following the instructions here. The application requires all the above materials, plus 1 letter of recommendation from a professor familiar with your academic ability. The recommender should send the letter directly to bioethics@Yale.edu with the subject line “Letter of Recommendation for [Student Name]”. See the CIPE guide for requesting a letter of recommendation HERE.

Candidates for whom English is not the first language may be asked to speak with representatives of the Summer Institute in Bioethics by phone or Skype in order to demonstrate competence in spoken English.


1 February: Application deadline for the first stage of the application.
By 15 February: Application outcomes announced. Selected students must confirm their acceptance of the programme spot with CIPE as soon as possible, then apply directly to the Summer Institute in Bioethics, whose application deadline is rolling.
March-May: Participants make travel and housing arrangements and obtain their US visitor visas. Housing is usually arranged on a sublet basis through the programme coordinator, Lori Bruce.
Early June – Late July: Summer Institute in Bioethics takes place. Selected students are required to commit for the full duration of the programme.

Funding: CIPE provides SGD $5000 per participant to support the cost of the programme fee, housing and meals. Students are expected to cover roundtrip airfare from their home country to the US, visa fees for a B1/B2 visitor visa, local transport expenses and personal expenses.

Credit Transfer: While the Summer Institute in Bioethics does not award Yale credit, students may apply to receive credit from Yale-NUS College by following the standard credit transfer process. The number of module credits awarded depends on the total number of contact hours accumulated in the programme, and may vary from 8-10 MC. After the programme, students will receive informational emails about the credit transfer process, and must attend any required info sessions.

Deliverables: All participants are required to write a final paper and present at the final poster session of the programme.

Questions: Contact Zhana Sandeva at zhana.sandeva@yale-nus.edu.sg.