International Fellows Program

Through the WIRB International Fellows Program, WIRB helps train the next generation of global research leaders and, in the process, strengthens research protections, ethics, and practices around the world.

The fellows program provides in-depth, hands-on education for international research professionals seeking to establish and improve IRBs in their home countries. Fellows receive training at both Western IRB (WIRB) and NYU Langone Medical Center where they explore topical bioethics concerns and apply the lessons they’ve learned, observe IRB meetings, and benefit from the guidance and support of experienced mentors.

Strengthening Ethical Research, Globally.

WIRB founded the International Fellows Program in 2002 in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the University of Washington. To date, nearly 200 international fellows have graduated from the program. Many have made significant contributions to the field of clinical research in their home countries.

Qualifications for Candidates

Candidates can apply to attend an intensive six-month program or an abbreviated two-month program. In both cases, candidates must:

  • Have operational knowledge of research procedures and methods
  • Be fluent in spoken and written English
  • Be employed in a position that includes bioethical-related responsibilities
  • Play a decision-making/change-affecting role within their institution

Application Process

To apply for the fellows program, please complete the application form, and send a letter of interest, current CV and copies of your degrees/certificates to:, or

WIRB International Fellows Program
1019 39th Avenue SE, Suite 120
Puyallup, WA 98374 USA

The letter of interest should include a summary of 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.

Please complete this supplemental form if you will need WIRB J1 visa documentation to attend the 6-month program and your family  members will join you for the duration of program.

Expenses and scholarship support

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. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify.

For more information: If you have questions or would like to know more about the International Fellows Program, contact us at

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