Yale Effective Altruism Fellowship Application
Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? It's about being generous with your time and your money to do the most good you can. You can read more about EA here:
YEA's Fellowship is an intensive and rewarding semester-long program for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to deeply engage with ideas and strategies for improving the world through evidence and reason. Our goal is to help prepare students to maximize their positive impact in the future.
The Fellowship is also the best way to get involved with YEA and become part of our community. We expect you to remain engaged after your first semester, and many graduating fellows go on to join the board, helping to organize events and activities for our members and for the wider Yale community.
We are excited to open the Fellowship this summer to incoming first-years in addition to all current Yale affiliates.
What does the Fellowship consist of?
We are eager to provide an engaging and personalized experience for each of our selected Fellows. For that reason, the Fellowship has evolved with each new cohort and we hope this summer will be our best yet.
Fellows will gain the following benefits:
- Participate in an intensive Introductory Workshop
- Confront both philosophical and practical questions in weekly discussions
- Benefit from individual 1-on-1 mentorship and career-planning
- Gain access to exclusive discussions with professors, which have in the past included Professor Molly Crockett, Mushfiq Mobarak, and Shelly Kagan
- Join a dedicated and passionate community
What's included in the curriculum?
Week 1: The Effectiveness Mindset
Week 2: Differences in Impact
Week 3: Giving Exercise
Week 4: Expanding Our Compassion
Week 5: Longtermism
Week 6: Existential Risk
Week 7: Emerging Technologies
Week 8: Increasing the Accuracy of our Judgements
Week 9: Putting it into Practice
Who should apply?
In order to get the most out of this program, Yale Effective Altruism Fellows will be:
- Committed to helping others
- Driven to do as much good as they can
- Excited to dedicate their career to doing good and/or to donate a portion of their income
- Open-minded and flexible, eager to update their beliefs in response to persuasive evidence
- Willing and able to commit ~3-4 hours per week for 9 weeks starting the week of June 7th
How to apply
To be considered for the Fellowship, submit this application form by 11:59pm ET, Monday, May 31, 2021
- Round 1: fill out the application form. We will let you know by June 1st whether you will proceed to Round 2.
- Round 2: complete a short reading and attend an interview with a member of our leadership team in which you will discuss your thoughts on the assigned reading. The interviews will take place from June 2nd to 5th. We will let you know by June 6th whether you have been accepted to the Fellowship program.
- Accepted Fellows will meet for the first time virtually the week of June 7th at 7:30pm ET (day of the week tbd).
We are committed to building a diverse cohort of Fellows. Evidence suggests that underprivileged individuals tend to underestimate their abilities. We do not want the application process to dissuade potential candidates and we strongly encourage interested students to apply regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, etc. We also encourage both undergraduate and graduate/professional students, as well as individuals from all intellectual backgrounds and majors to apply.
While we unfortunately will not have the capacity to admit every student who applies this summer, there will be another round of applications in the Fall.
We look forward to reading your application! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to
Beyond the Fellowship
In addition to the Fellowship, we also host a range of events and activities for the wider Effective Altruism community. This spring, you would be more than welcome to participate in:
- Weekly Social Events
- Weekly Discussion Group
- Speaker Series in the global EA community
- One-on-one with a board member
You can sign up to our newsletter to hear about our upcoming events! Link:
Name (and if applicable, pronunciation)
Undergraduate Class Year or Graduate School
In less than 150 words, please explain why you want to do the Fellowship.
In less than 100 words, please give 1 or 2 examples that demonstrate your commitment to helping others.
You are given $20 to donate to a charity or cause. Please explain in less than 100 words how you would choose which to donate to. We are more interested in your decision process than the actual charity you would choose.
Please list some of the career paths you are considering, and why.
It's ok if you're unsure -- we do not expect you to have a solid plan at this point! This is just to get an idea of your interests.
How confident are you that you will pursue one of these paths? What are your biggest uncertainties? (Being not confident at all is a welcome option!)
Do you plan to donate a percentage of your income in the future? Why or why not?
What is an issue on which you have a strong opinion? Please state your opinion in less than 100 words.
Take the issue from the last question and state an opposing view. Then explain the logic of the opposing view but as if you truly held that opinion in less than 100 words.
If you have engaged with Effective Altruism in any way previously, please briefly describe how (e.g. attended X/Y/Z event, read the EA Forum, etc.)
Note: prior engagement with EA is not a requirement for admission to the YEA Fellowship. We equally welcome new people to apply.
Which days of the week are you available at 7:30pm ET
How did you hear about the Fellowship?
Is there anything else we should know?
Thank you for your time and interest!
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