Postdoctoral Scholars Program

Initiative on Islam and Medicine Postdoctoral Scholars Program


The Initiative on Islam and Medicine at the University of Chicago invites applications for Postdoctoral Scholars in Islamic Bioethics and Muslim Health Research. Scholars will pursue an individualized and tailored learning plan involving didactic courses, directed tutorials, and mentored hands-on research experiences.

Scholars will be expected to participate in and deploy their new-found research skills in the conduct of survey- and/or interview-based research. In addition, scholars will be expected to present abstracts at local, national or international meetings, and produce at least 2 manuscripts for publication in the peer-reviewed press. More information can be found HERE.

Program Eligibility

Applications are invited from those who have or will have completed a doctoral degree (MD, PhD or equivalent) by July 1, 2018. Doctorates may be in any relevant field, including but not limited to medicine, public health, psychology, philosophy, sociology, or anthropology.

Program Length

This 1-year program, which will commence in the summer/fall of 2018, prepares scholars with the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in the field of Islamic bioethics and gain a broad set of health services research skills. Scholars will spend the equivalent of 12 months in full-time residence at the University of Chicago.

Mentoring and Networking

Participants will be working under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Aasim Padela. There will also be an opportunity to network with other University of Chicago faculty, research staff, interns, and students.


Scholars will receive an annual stipend and benefits.

Application Requirements

A completed application includes each of the following: Postdoctoral Scholars Program Application Form, CV, personal statement, and 2 LORs. Applications need to be postmarked by February 28th, 2018. Participants that pass a preliminary screening will be asked to attend a phone interview.

All application materials must be printed and mailed to the below [no emailed applications will be accepted]:

Aasim I. Padela, MD MSc FACEP
Section of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC5068
Chicago, IL 60637