Fellowship - Edinboro University

          The James F. Drane Fellowships in Bioethics

          Fellowship for Scholars and Researchers

          Scholars and researchers from all over the United States and the world are invited to collaborate with the Bioethics Institute in searching for solutions for bioethical issues and answers to bioethical questions. The James F. Drane Bioethics Institute awards fellowship status to scholars (preferably with affiliation to academic centers) and graduate students (preferably PhD candidates who are working on their dissertations) from the United States or abroad whose scholarly works or projects are related to bioethics.

          Each Fellow spends between one and six months at the Institute. During the time of fellowship, the Fellow resides at Edinboro University, using the resources available at the Institute, working with Edinboro University faculty, and participating in University events and activities.

          The Fellow may also participate in the events sponsored by other academic centers in the region, especially the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

          The institute has a limited fund to cover the travel and accommodation expenses for Fellows each year.

          What we provide:

          • Study space and academic resources – Fellows will have study space at the Institute along with full access to the resources including the library and journals.
          • Mentorship – Fellows will spend time with an academic mentor to advance their projects.
          • Studying and teaching experiences – Fellows take part in academic events and bioethics classes at Edinboro University. In some cases, they may teach parts of an academic course.
          • Visa application (if needed)
          • Transportation – A limited budget is available to cover part of the transportation expenses for Fellows who have been accepted. In addition, the Institute will help Fellows with local transportation, especially to local academic institutions.
          • Accommodations – Edinboro University provides housing for Fellows near the Institute. The expenses will be covered by the Institute for Fellows who have been accepted.

          What we expect:

          Funding and the final certificate will depend on:

          • Attendance – The physical attendance of Fellows at the Institute is required. Fellows must spend at least two-thirds of the working days at the Institute, working on the activities directly related to the fellowship. Fellows may spend the remainder of their time pursuing personal business and interests.
          • Collaboration – Fellows are expected to actively engage in their research projects, participate in group activities at the Institute, and exhibit the spirit of teamwork.
          • Presentation – Fellows are required to present their projects for an audience at the Institute at least once during their fellowship.
          • Publication – Fellows are expected to publish the results of their project or other fellowship-related main activities in a reasonable time after their fellowship is complete, and to acknowledge the support of the Institute in their publications.

          How to apply:

          To apply for the Fellowship, please email the following items to Dr. Kiarash Aramesh (Email address: karamesh@edinboro.edu):

          • A Cover Letter describing your research interests, project (for graduate students, their thesis or dissertation), your goals for pursuing this fellowship, and your preferred length and timespan (also, please mention if you would like to apply for travel and accommodation funding and if you need a Visa);
          • Your CV;
          • An example of your scholarly works (preferably a recent publication).

          For fellowship opportunities from September 2020 to May 2021, please submit your application by January 10, 2020.

          The accepted applicants will be informed by February 28, 2020.

          Our Fellows

          Stephen E. Herman, Ph.D.(c)

          Stephen HermanJames F. Drane Bioethics Institute Fellow, April-May, 2019

          Stephen is a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the University of Missouri. His dissertation focuses on the ethics of belief and how agents can be responsible for their beliefs. Over the course of his time at the University of Missouri, Stephen has devoted his time to bioethics, organizing a conference on the ethics of germline genetic modification, and teaching classes in the subject.

          As a James F. Drane Fellow, Stephen has two main research projects at Edinboro. First, he is interested in the ethics of tobacco harm reduction policies that encourage active smokers to switch to e-cigarette products as a means to prevent deaths related to combustible tobacco usage. Tobacco harm reduction policies tend to only encourage switching in more advantaged communities. His main concern is whether we have an ethical obligation to gear harm reduction policies towards the needs of disadvantaged communities, especially in middle- and lower-income countries.

           Stephen’s second interest is in the ethics of germline genetic modification. One of the primary targets for germline genetic modification are fetuses that contain the genetic markers for disabilities. The idea, here, is that modifying a fetus so that it will not possess a disability is therapeutic. Most think that therapeutic genetic modification is permissible. Stephen’s is interested in whether the removal of a disability can constitute genetic therapy.  He argues that possessing a disability does not make a person inherently worse off than one who does not possess a disability.

          Cornelius Olukunle Ewuoso, Ph.D.

          Cornelius EwuosoJames F. Drane Bioethics Institute Fellow, September-October, 2019

          Born and raised in Nigeria, Cornelius is currently a Condolidoc fellow at the Department of Philosophy, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He was a recipient of the Santander/Ethics and Society scholarship for Theories and Application from Fordham University; an international visiting fellow at the institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Ruhr-Universitait, Bochum; a visiting scholar at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Katholieke Universitet, Leuven and the Center for Research and Bioethics, Uppsala University.

          For his research stay at the James F. Drane Institute of Bioethics, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Cornelius aims to explore how an African moral theory, as well as cultural practices, may be used to address ethical issues around: 1) incidental findings in genomic research thereby contributing towards clarifying researchers’ ancillary care duty and advancing the field of ELSI (by providing exposure to the under-represented African perspective on the ethical, legal and social issues raised by advanced medical technologies); and 2) ownership of research data in global or collaborative research ventures, in advance towards a more coordinated approach to research result.

          Olinda Timms, M.D.

          Olinda TimmsJames F. Drane Bioethics Institute Fellow, September-October, 2019

          Olinda is a medical doctor and anesthesiologist from Bangalore India, whose interest in medical ethics led to her training in bioethics and academic contributions in this area. Her book ‘Biomedical Ethics’(Elsevier) is a resource used by medical faculty and students and currently in its second edition. She is a working editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics and adjunct faculty at the Division of Health and Humanities at St Johns Research Institute, Bangalore. During her fellowship, Olinda works on developing training modules in ethics for faculty and students, consonant with the Medical Council of India mandate to include ethics training in the medical curriculum from 2019.



          Dina Siniora, MBA, Ph.D.(c)

          Dina SinioraJames F. Drane Bioethics Institute Fellow, September-November, 2019

          Born and raised in Palestine, Dina is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Healthcare Ethics at McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Dina has been a graduate assistant at the Center for Healthcare Ethics for three years. Every year, she plans and coordinates the Integrity of Creation Conference, the conference series was commissioned by former President Charles J. Dougherty as an endowed academic event that celebrates the Spiritan mission of Duquesne University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences with Distinction along with a minor in Public Health from the American University of Beirut, and a master’s degree in Business Admiration from Duquesne University as a Fulbright Scholar. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

          Dina’s research project combines elements from both the healthcare ethics and the business ethics field. It will mainly focus on how to apply systems thinking as a framework for healthcare leaders to apply ethical decisions in an era of increasing complexity.



          Fahmida Hossain, Ph.D.(c)

          Fahmida HossainJames F. Drane Bioethics Institute Fellow, January-February, 2020

          Fahmida is a PhD candidate in the Center for Healthcare Ethics and a graduate assistant at the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center at Duquesne University. Her vision is to place narrative and storytelling as a lived and practical means to understand and shape organizational culture, change efforts, best practices improvements, and every day, routine, person-to-person encounters through an innovative approach she calls Narrative Authority. Fahmida also serves as a training facilitator and content developer for the narrative-focused, coaching and organizational change firm, Naridus, LLC. She has co-facilitated development classes for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative; the Johnson Institute for Public Leadership; and the Health Career Scholars Academy of University of Pittsburgh. She holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership, Professional Administration from Duquesne University. She is originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Fahmida is based in Pittsburgh, PA

          During her fellowship she explores a prevalent form of traditional medical practices in Bangladesh which is called Kaviraji, that is rooted in Unani and Ayurveda medicine. The pseudoscientific aspects of Kaviraji medicine, in many ways, exploit the uneducated and the poor. She uses Narrative Authority to allow the practitioners and policymakers of Bangladesh to understand the narratives of these people and to make it possible to construct solutions and guide them to embrace scientific practice and avoid pseudoscience without fully forsaking their heritage.