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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 Greenwall Faculty Scholars

This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions.

VU and VUMC (combined) may select one applicant for the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics. These three-year career development awards enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research that goes beyond current work in bioethics. They are for faculty whose research will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research or clinical practice. Priority will be given to applicants whose research addresses innovative and emerging topics. The award supports 50 percent of a scholar’s salary plus benefits for three years. See a list of previous scholars here.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must hold a faculty appointment that allows at least 50 percent of their effort to perform research.

Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research or clinical practice.

Priority will be given to research addressing innovative ideas and/or emerging topics. Lower priority will be given to educational reform or theoretical work. See full list of activities not funded by Greenwall.

Greenwall Faculty Scholars will be selected on:

  • their achievements
  • the strength of their research project
  • commitment to the field of bioethics
  • support from Vanderbilt

The Greenwall Foundation particularly welcomes applicants from backgrounds that are under-represented in bioethics and academia.

Internal application process

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to  by 5 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2020:

A two-page letter of intent that includes:

1. A description of the research proposal, particularly its significance

  • How the research will be carried out and how it is likely to have an impact on public policy, clinical practice or biomedical research
  • A personal statement describing the applicant’s goals in the field of bioethics
  • Statement of support from department chair/center director

2. CV or NIH Biosketch (5 page maximum)

3. Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. If you have any questions about the sponsor or the application process, please contact