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The position of Visiting Scholar is to be awarded to a practising medical doctor (physician) with an interest in medical ethics. It provides an opportunity for a clinician to take part in the academic and College life of the University of Oxford. The University is one of the major centres for both medical research and philosophy in Europe.

The successful applicant will undertake research in medical ethics at the University of Oxford. Visiting Scholars will spend four weeks working at the Ethox Centre and Green Templeton College. The scholar will benefit from the supervision and feedback of Ethox research staff and will have access to the libraries and research facilities of the College and the University of Oxford. He or she will also have the opportunity to attend talks and lectures at the College and across the University.

During the visit, the scholar will be expected to give a seminar (in English) on a topic in medical ethics. This seminar will be open to interested members of Green Templeton College and the wider University. The scholar will also give a presentation on his or her research at an Ethox Centre research seminar, and write a guest blog post for the Ethox blog.

The Scholar will be offered four weeks' free accommodation at Green Templeton College, and a stipend of £1000 which is intended to assist with travel and other costs relating to the visit.

Find out more about our previous Andrew Markus scholars.


How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship please submit the following:

  • 500-word statement summarising their research interests and what they hope to achieve during their visit
  • 2 page CV, including the names of two referees. 

The application should be sent via email to the following address:

The Andrew Markus Visiting Scholarship Scheme is Directed by Dr Angeliki Kerasidou.

The deadline for proposals for the year 2018 - 2019 is 23 April 2018.


Who Was Andrew Markus

Dr Andrew Charles Markus (1930-2012) was born in Budapest and migrated with his family to Derbyshire when he was 9 years old. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and won a scholarship to study physiological sciences at University College, Oxford. He went on to study clinical medicine at University College Hospital in London. After National Service in the Royal Air Force he and his wife joined the primary care practice at Thame of which he became Senior Partner. He played a major role in developing the practice to become a leading community health centre. When the University of Oxford established a Department of General Practice, Andrew became University Tutor and a founding Fellow of Green (later Green Templeton) College.

He was the chairman of the examiners for the oral part of the examination for Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners. In 1994 he was honoured by the Delancy and De La Hunty Foundation - essentially being judged the best family practitioner in the country. With Colin Murray Parkes he wrote Psychological Problems in General Practice for the Oxford University Press series General Practice and was co-editor of Coping with Loss. Andrew was much loved by his students and colleagues. He was an excellent teacher, and a dedicated mentor to many. Students quickly, and lastingly, became friends. He had a gift for relating theory to clinical practice and for identifying the ethical issues lurking, often unexamined, behind clinical decisions. He was a regular contributor to the Oxford-Mount Sinai (New York) annual consortium in medical ethics.

Andrew died in 2012 at the age of 81 years. His wife, Pat, their five children and 14 grandchildren survive him.