Promoting cooperation and protecting human research participants worldwide
One of our goals is to help educate the world to reach the highest standards for medical research and regulations. Our International Fellows Program carries out our mission to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects by training representatives from around the world to review and oversee research in an ethical and responsible manner.
WIRB’s International Fellows Program is designed for global healthcare professionals who intend to establish or improve institutional review boards (IRBs) in their home countries. Our intensive six-month program- and its abbreviated two-month version- help participants to develop the knowledge necessary to create, manage, and/or administer IRBs that will operate in compliance with all relevant regulations and ethical standards intended to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects.
WIRB’s International Fellows Program now includes training in human research ethics at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center. The fellows will supplement their NYU coursework with practical training, mentorship and observation of actual IRB meetings at WIRB in Washington State.
The program was originally founded in 2002, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the University of Washington. To date, 138 international fellows have graduated from the program, and many have made significant contributions to the field of clinical research in their home countries.
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- To view the Fellows Program Handbook: CLICK HERE
- Operational knowledge of research procedures and methods
- Fluency in spoken and written English
- Bioethical responsibilities within the candidate’s Institution
- A decision/change-making role within the candidate’s institution
How to apply
To apply to WIRB’s International Fellows Program, please send a letter of interest and current CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The letter of interest should include a summary about the candidate’s experience in research ethics, and a brief description of how the training program will enhance human subject protection in the candidate’s home country.
To apply for a scholarship to attend the program please complete the form here, and submit with your other application materials.
Training and educational materials for the WIRB International Fellows Program are provided at no cost to our international students. However, participants are responsible for their own round-trip airfare, housing expenses, and daily living expenses.
To learn more about our International Fellows Program, contact us at email@example.com.