Sissela Bok Ethics and Population Research Prize—Call for Applications

December 2021 — The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) seeks nominations for its Sissela Bok Ethics and Population Research Prize. The $5,000 prize will be awarded in the form of a research/travel grant to a doctoral student, postdoctoral fellow or untenured faculty member at Harvard who has incorporated ethical considerations into their population science research.

A one-page letter should be written by the applicant and contain the following:

  1. A description of your research for which you have incorporated high standards of ethics considerations (a body of work or an individual study will be considered).*
  2. A brief explanation of the ethical problem(s) germane to the research.
  3. Describe your plan for future research.

We strongly encourage applications that concern topics on climate change & population dynamics; aging societies; and/or migration.

If you work in the field of population ethics, describe your work plus current and future (anticipated) contributions to the field.

All applicants must have a current Harvard appointment that ends no earlier than August 31, 2022.

An updated CV should be submitted with the application letter. Preference will be given to HCPDS members and affiliates. A recipient will be selected by a small committee within the HCPDS.

Please email the documents and address any questions to Laura Price, Deputy Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, at The deadline is Friday, January 14, 2022. A decision will be reached by end of January.

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About Sissela Bok

Philosopher, ethicist, and writer, Sissela Bok, PhD, has spent her career exploring both personal moral obligations as well as those of societies as a whole. A member of the HCPDS for over 20 years, Dr. Bok has given voice to the ethical implications in aging, contraception and the environment, as well as international initiatives like the Common Security Forum. She has taught at Harvard, Radcliffe, Tufts, and Brandeis and is the author of numerous books such as “Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life,” (1978), “Mayhem: Violence as Public Entertainment,” (1998), and “Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science,” (2010).