Application Form — Foundational Research Institute
Please complete the following form before submitting your application. The form shouldn't take more than 30 - 45 minutes and will help us learn more about your interests, background knowledge and motivation in order to determine if you would be a good fit for us.

Please submit your responses in English. Note that this form is designed to evaluate people aiming to work with us in different projects or research areas. This means that some questions don't deal with the requirements of the specific job you're applying for or might seem otherwise incongruous. Nevertheless, we encourage you to answer them all.

Contact information
First name
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Last name
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Social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook)
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How did you learn about FRI?
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How did you find out that we are hiring?
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Which of our research areas are you interested in?
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Risks of astronomical future suffering
(Risks from) Artificial Intelligence
Multiverse-wide superrationality
Decision theory
Suffering-focused ethics
Descriptive (population) ethics
Game theory, cooperation & compromise
Wild Animal Suffering
Which research questions would you like to work on and why?
You are encouraged to list 1-5 specific research questions
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Why would you like to work for FRI?
If you are applying in response to a specific job, please note this here.
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Suppose FRI didn't exist – would you be interested in working for any of the organizations listed below?
Note: If you have worked for any of those organizations, you have the opportunity to mention this in the next question. Also, please don't be discouraged if you haven't heard of any of these organizations.
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Sentience Politics
Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF)
Raising for Effective Giving (REG)
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI)
Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA)
Future of Humanity Institute (FHI)
80 000 Hours
Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE)
Have you worked for any of the above listed or affiliated organizations?
If yes, please write the name of the organization(s).
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Which cause areas do you sympathize with and support?
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International Aid & Poverty
Animal Welfare
Wild Animal Suffering
Feminism & Social Justice
Environmentalism & Climate Change
Existential Risks (not including AI)
AI Risks
When would you like to start working with us?
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For how long would you like to work with us?
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Are you interested in working part-time or full-time?
What is your current employment status?
Please provide the name of the organization you currently work for or study at.
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What are your salary expectations at FRI?
Please provide lower and upper bounds for your salary expectations both initially and longer-term.
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How much time have you spent acquiring knowledge in the following areas (not including high school)?
Please note that many successful applicants didn't have extensive knowledge in many of these areas.
1 - 10 hours
10 - 100 hours
100 - 1000 hours
Over 1000 hours
Mathematics & logic
Computer science & programming
Decision theory
Philosophy (analytical)
Philosophy (continental)
Social sciences
Rationality & cognitive science
Physics & cosmology
Evolutionary theory
Game theory
Describe briefly why your knowledge and expertise makes you a good fit for FRI
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What languages do you speak?
If you were to be given one million dollars, what would you do with the money?
Please explain your answer.
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Do you think there is more happiness or suffering in the world?
Much more suffering
Much more happiness
Imagine a utopian world, whose 1000 inhabitants are happy, free, intelligent and cultured. Everything about this world is pleasing, except for one atrocity: the good fortune of this world requires that a single unfortunate child be kept in perpetual misery. All citizens know of and are deeply saddened by the child’s suffering, but ultimately accept that the happiness of this world depends unavoidably on this atrocity.
In your opinion, would it be better or worse if this world did not exist at all? Please elaborate shortly on why you think this way.
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Have you read any of the following websites, blogs and books?
Please note that many successful applicants haven't read much of these websites, blogs or books.
None or almost none (0 - 5%)
A bit (6 - 20%)
Some (21 - 50%)
A lot (51 - 100%)
Nick Bostrom: Superintelligence
Peter Singer: Practical Ethics
Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene
Robin Hanson: The Age of Em
Please list any other books, blogs or texts that have been highly influential to you.
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Please leave any additional comments to support your application.
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Were some parts of this form unclear to you or are there any other open questions on your part?
(Leave blank if all questions in this form were formulated clearly and you don't have any open questions)
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Do you have any feedback for us?
Please also give feedback on the design or content of the application form itself if possible.
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