Research Fellowship Grants

The Southeast Asia (SEA) Bioethics Network Research Fellowship Grants aim to support scholars, researchers and professionals in the field of bioethics by providing assistance for extensive research endeavours, preferably within the SEA region. While priority is given to research with a focus on SEA bioethics, the Network will also consider research on Asian bioethics that, in part, examines SEA bioethics issues. The Research Fellowship Grants envision that the research will involve intellectual risks and explore innovative ways of addressing ethical challenges and opportunities. The research is expected to advance the understanding of the foundation and frontiers of bioethics in SEA. The Research Fellowship Grants are ideal for bioethics scholars, researchers and professionals who are eager to lead their own research plans and establish themselves as independent investigators to become research leaders in their field. This platform provides scholars, researchers and professionals with the opportunity to gain confidence in their research and expand their international network, fostering connections across disciplines.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants from any discipline, including philosophy, law, medicine, social sciences and humanities, must meet the following criteria:

  1. Possess a strong academic or professional standing in bioethics or bioethics-related discipline.
  2. Have either:
    • a doctoral degree in bioethics or bioethics-related discipline, or
    • a master’s degree with at least five years of research/work experience in bioethics or bioethics-related discipline.
  1. Demonstrate appropriate and relevant experience in bioethics or bioethics-related discipline.
  2. Have been accepted by a supervisor with extensive experience in bioethics or bioethics-related discipline who is affiliated with an academic institution/organisation to supervise the research.
  3. Not receiving funding from any other sources for this research.


Research Fellowship Grants are awarded for a duration of up to eighteen (18) months.


Application period

Applications for 2024 will open on 1 February 2024 and close on 30 April 2024 at 11:59 pm Malaysian time.



Research Fellowship grants are awarded up to £10,000 (including all taxes).



Recipients are expected to:

  1. Submit half-yearly progress reports (maximum 1,000 words) from the commencement of the Research Fellowship to the SEA Bioethics Network.
  2. Submit a final report (maximum 1,500 words) within three (3) months after the end of the Research Fellowship to the SEA Bioethics Network, providing details about the findings, final results and conclusions of the research.
  3. Produce work that advances the understanding of bioethics, both generally and specifically in SEA. This may take the form of a publication in a suitable peer-reviewed journal, a policy paper, participation in conferences, contribution to public forums, involvement in bioethics educational programmes or any activity contributing to the development of SEA bioethics. The work must include a funding acknowledgement statement, acknowledging the grant received from the SEA Bioethics Network, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust Research Development Award [grant no. 222870/Z/21/Z].


Application process

To apply for the Research Fellowship Grants, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Download the Application Form and Curriculum Vitae (CV) template.
  2. Complete both the Application Form and CV template accurately.
  3. Click Here to access the Google Form for uploading the application form, CV, a letter of acceptance from a supervisor and a letter of recommendation from a referee. Where applicable, please upload a letter from your employing organisation in support of your salary claim.
  4. Once you are satisfied with your application, submit it through the Google Form. You will receive a confirmation email acknowledging the receipt of your application.
  5. Keep in mind the application deadline. Submissions received after the specified date and time will not be considered.


Notification of outcome of application

Notification of the outcome of applications will be sent to applicants by 31 July 2024.


Further information

For any inquiries regarding the grant, please email the Network Manager at [email protected] and use 'SEA Bioethics Research Fellowship Grants 2024' as the subject heading.