Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics

The overall purpose of the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics is to provide talented, early-career bioethics scholars with the opportunity to experience and participate in evidence-based healthcare or public health studies and policy-making process that improve the care and access to care of patients in domestic and global health care systems. The Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics enables young investigators to participate actively in the work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. Supported through an endowment from the Greenwall Foundation, the program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.

The Greenwall Fellowship is part of the NAM Fellowships for Health Science Scholars program. See all opportunities >>

The call for nominations is currently closed. The next call for nominations will open in March 2021. 

Click here to review the guide to nominations.

Current Fellow

Rachel Fabi, PhD

Rachel Fabi, PhD

2019-2021 Greenwall Fellow

Dr. Rachel Fabi is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.  She serves as a member of SUNY Upstate University Hospital’s ethics consultation service and as a faculty research affiliate of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University.  Dr. Fabi completed her PhD in Health Policy and Management in the Bioethics and Health Policy track at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Her research focuses on the ethics of health policies that affect immigrant access to health care and the social determinants of health. 

Past Fellows

Neal Dickert, Jr., MD, PhD

Neal Dickert, Jr., MD, PhD

2017-2019 Greenwall Fellow

Brendan Saloner, PhD

Brendan Saloner, PhD

2015-2017 Greenwall Fellow

Program Description

The Greenwall Fellowship is awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue to work at his/her main academic post, while being assigned to a health- and medicine-related board of the National Academies. The boards are:

  • Children, Youth, and Families
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Global Health
  • Health Care Services
  • Health Sciences Policy
  • Population Health and Public Health Practice

The fellowship requires a 10 to 20 percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy in October, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned board. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products. Studies will be identified that would enable the potential for the fellow to contribute to the value of integrating medicine and public health.

This experience will introduce the Greenwall Fellow to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. In addition, each fellow will be assigned to a NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research stipend of $25,000 is awarded to each Greenwall Fellow. The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. Stipends are not intended for use as salary offsets.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the NAM
  • An M.D., D.O., J.D., Ph.D., or holder of an equivalent degree, with completion of post-graduate work two to ten years prior to the award
  • Demonstrated interest in, focus on, and scholarship on addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, public health, or public policy
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent


Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by a NAM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including bioethics research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in bridging bioethics, biomedical research, population health, and health policy
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through the online nomination system at and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate’s department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


Fellowships will be awarded in odd years.

  • March 2021 | Call for nominations
  • June 2021 | Nomination packets due at 3:00pm ET
  • July 2021 | Awardee notified
  • October 2021 | Awardee introduced to the NAM membership at the NAM Annual Meeting & Fellow Orientation Week at the NAM


Program Administration

Inquiries about the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics should be directed to:

Yumi Phillips
Program Officer
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506

The Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics was established in 2015 through an endowment from the Greenwall Foundation.

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