All participants must be fluent in English, as the program will be presented only in English. Participants whose first language is not English must provide a language proficiency certificate and will be interviewed by a member of the Selection Committee.

Participants do not need to have an educational background in bioethics, but they should be able to demonstrate an interest in the issues described in the program. The following are encouraged to apply:

  • High School Seniors
  • University Students
  • Professionals/MDs


Applications must include:

  1. A resumé
  2. A brief statement of interest outlining why you are interested in attending the summer school
  3. A letter of recommendation from a professor, teacher, or advisor
  4. Most recent transcript
  5. Optional: a published paper or article
  6. A language proficiency certificate

Participants who are applying for a partial scholarship must also include a 300-500 word statement describing how they will benefit from it.  Scholarship winners will be notified two days after applying.

These documents should be sent as an attachment to the Director, Dr. Ana Lita by Email:, Phone: 212.687.3324, or Fax: 212.661.4188


Only if your application has been accepted, then you will need to register for the program.

Early Registration:
Reduced Fees – DEADLINE: May 1
Regular Registration:
Non U.S. Citizens – DEADLINE: June 1
U.S. Citizens – DEADLINE: June 15

LANGUAGE COMPETENCY: In addition to submitting a language proficiency certificate, candidates whose first language is not English will be interviewed by a member of the Selection Committee by telephone in order to demonstrate competence in spoken English.  Applicants should provide their phone numbers and indicate their Time Zone.

VISA: Due to visa issues, non-US citizens must apply for a visa as soon as they are accepted. Applicants who are accepted will receive letters necessary for their visa applications.

Participants are strongly advised to contact the American Embassies in their countries in order to complete visa requirements.

For inquiries, or to submit the completed application for the summer school via e-mail, please contact Dr. Ana Lita at, or by phone at 212.687.3324 and by fax at 212.661.4188.

Once applicants are accepted, they must pay the entire registration fee in order to attend the program.  If an applicant cannot attend the program due to unforeseen circumstances, registration fees will be refunded except for $200, which is required for seat and venue registration.


There is a non-refundable fee of $25 for the application process. Please submit this along with the rest of your application materials.


In addition to the registration fees listed above, some other expenses may include: field trips, organized group dinners, and course related equipment. We recommend that students have at least $200 for these additional expenses.


In order to make the summer school program global, GBI is offering several partial scholarships to students. Please include a 300-500 word statement with the rest of your application materials describing how you would benefit from it. The deadline to apply for partial scholarship consideration is June 15, 2017Partial scholarship applications received after this deadline will be reviewed if additional partial scholarship funds are available.  Click here to apply!

Some participants may wish to seek financial assistance or scholarships from their home educational institutions or outside sources to cover expenses.


Participants are advised to check with their home institutions for information about securing financial assistance or scholarships from their school or outside sources.