If you did debate in high school, please take a moment to share this new OP-backed VBriefly scholarship with your high school team. It only takes a minute or two but could make a big difference. I think high school debate selects for many traits that make for enthusiastic EAs, so I'm very excited about this scholarship.
Funded by a grant from Open Philanthropy, Victory Briefs is offering full scholarships to VBI 2022 for debaters interested in effective altruism.
Effective altruism is “a social movement and philosophy focused on maximising the good you can do in your career, projects, and other life decisions.” It involves evidence-based reasoning to figure out how to do as much good as possible, and using those findings to try to make the world a better place.
We believe that debate cultivates skills that are integral to the mission of effective altruism. The purpose of this scholarship is to help debaters interested in effective altruism to hone those skills, and to promote awareness of and interest in effective altruism within the debate community. The scholarship is open to both PF and LD debaters.
EA Scholars will work under the guidance of their VBI mentor to focus a significant portion of their camp research on issues relevant to effective altruism. These may include particular impact areas such as global poverty, animal welfare, criminal justice reform, political decision-making, and existential risk mitigation, foundational questions about individual and social obligations to do good effectively, global priorities research, evaluating the effectiveness of particular interventions or proposed systemic changes, and many other possibilities.
To apply for the scholarship, please click here. We aim to notify applicants with a decision within three weeks.