Spring '20 Effective Altruism Fellowship Application
The Yale Effective Altruism Fellowship is an intensive and rewarding semester-long program for students to deeply engage with ideas & strategies for effectively improving the world. Fellows will combine the head and the heart, as they apply rigor & rationality to questions regarding morality & altruism. We are looking for students who will not be content with doing some good, and instead have the ambition and drive to do the most good they can.
Yale is a hub for intelligent, motivated, and compassionate individuals: we are tremendously well-placed to act on our good intentions. 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 Yale Effective Altruism 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 Yale Effective Altruism board, helping to organize events and activities for our members and for the wider Yale community.
What does the Fellowship consist of?
We are eager to provide an engaging, valuable, personalized and enjoyable experience for each of our selected Fellows. For that reason, the Fellowship has evolved with each new cohort and we hope this semester will be our best yet.
Fellows will gain the following benefits:
- Participate in an intensive Introductory Workshop
- Confront moral questions - both philosophical and practical - in weekly Fellows’ Dinners
- Have a direct impact through fundraising and advocacy
- Benefit from individual 1-on-1 mentorship and career-planning
- Gain access to exclusive meals with guest speakers & Professors, which have in the past included Professor Molly Crockett, Professor Mushfiq Mobarak, and Professor Shelly Kagan
- Join a dedicated and passionate community
Who should apply?
In order to get the most out of this program, Yale Effective Altruism Fellows will be:
- Passionate about 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 to charity
- 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 the Spring '20 semester, including weekly dinners on Mondays, 6.00pm-7.00pm
How to apply?
To be considered for the Fellowship, submit this application form by 11:59pm, Saturday, Feb. 1st, 2020
- Round 1: fill out the application form. We will let you know by Sunday, Feb. 2nd 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 Feb. 3rd - 6th. We will let you know by Feb. 7th whether you have been accepted to the Fellowship program.
- Accepted Fellows will meet for the first time on the evening of Monday Feb. 10th.
We are committed to building a diverse cohort of Fellows. There is some evidence suggesting 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, graduate and 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 semester, there will be another round of applications next 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 Yale Effective Altruism Fellowship, we also host a range of events and activities for the wider Effective Altruism community at Yale, in which you would be more than welcome to participate:
- Regular Social Dinners, Events & Activities
- Weekly Advanced Discussion Group
- Career Workshops
- Skill-building workshops (e.g. Rationality, EA Concepts, Financial Planning for Long-Term Donors etc.)
- Community Retreats
- A Speaker Series
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Class Year/ Graduate School
In a few sentences: please give 1 or 2 examples that demonstrate your passion for helping others.
In a few sentences: are you driven to find opportunities to do as much good as you can, rather than being satisfied with doing some good? Support your answer with 1 or 2 examples, if possible.
Please list 1-4 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.
How confident are you that you will pursue one of these paths? What are your biggest uncertainties?
Do you plan to donate a percentage of your income to charity in the future? Want to elaborate on why or why not?
What is an issue on which you have a strong opinion? Briefly state your opinion.
Take the issue from the last question and state an opposing view. Then explain the logic of the opposing view But as if you were posing as someone who held that opinion.
If you have engaged with the Effective Altruism (EA) movement in any way previously, please briefly describe how (e.g. attended X/Y/Z event, read the EA Forum, etc.).
Note: prior engagement with the EA movement is not a requirement for admission to the YEA Fellowship. We equally welcome new people to apply.
Will you be available for weekly dinner discussions at 6:00-7:00pm on Mondays in Spring 2020?
How did you hear about the Fellowship?
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