New EA International Innovation Fellowship

by Noah Wescombe1 min read28th Jun 20205 comments


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Myself and a colleague are launching a brand new Fellowship Programme for EA members around the world; not just those who are at an institutional or a local setting.

The aim of the International Innovation Fellowship is to give people from across the EA Global community the chance to engage with likeminded, highly idea-driven peers. As many of you are aware, the Centre for Effective Altruism supports many different groups, such as EA Fellowships at universities. These groups act as both educational and community idea generators, and we want to take this a step further with the most engaged and motivated in the EA community working in small groups on new ideas and interdisciplinary intersections. We also hope to generate multi-author Working Papers from this. We also have exclusive events planned throughout, such as talks and tailored training/advice sessions.

The inaugural programme will be particularly interested in discussing three areas of concern that we think need some general consensus and understanding in the EA community:

  • The AI-Crypto nexus
  • The Animal Welfare and Law/Jurisprudence nexus
  • The Risk-Boundaries of Scientific Enquiry

We are setting up the new Fellowship on Twist, as we feel this will be most conducive to an organised, clear workflow. All meetings will be held virtually for a period of 6 months, though the structure may change according to member requirements. This will be a unique opportunity to be part of something quite special, and build on the spirit of EAGx!

We look forward to receiving your applications! Please fill in this short form to apply:

Please let me know in comments if you have further questions, or reach out directly.

Noah Wescombe, EA Oxford Fellow

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It's great to hear that you are setting this up. However, the current post seems light on details. Why are these areas of particular interest? What kind of commitment are you hoping for from participants?

Hi, we are hoping for a meeting once a week for a period of 6 months to start with. Depending on how it goes, we may split the Fellows into In-Depth specialist groups as well.

The areas I mentioned were chosen due to a degree of neglectedness and lack of exposure among EAs, based on our recent experiences. Other topics may be included, but these are the priorities based on their impact. Perhaps I should elaborate on why I think so in a post here.

Thank you for having the desire to encourage innovation. I'm confident that fellowships like these can be valuable.

From other such fellowships that I've seen, the successful ones typically have something that draws people to want to apply. This may include, for example, sponsorship from a high-profile individual.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

Could you say more about a timeline of the fellowship?

Planning to start it in early July, and run it for 6 months, provisional on interest and commitment! We will likely split it up into segments so people can work on specific collaborative projects together over a couple of months or more.