We are delighted to announce the 2023 Effective Altruism Africa Residency Fellowship, to be hosted on the island of Zanzibar. The Program shall host up to 20 fellows for a 10 week program beginning January 15, 2023 through to March 31, 2023.
The objective of the residency is to provide structured support and develop community connections between Effective Altruists working on projects improving wellbeing across the African continent. We especially encourage Effective Altruists with personal roots in Africa to apply.
Fellows will be provided with free modern accommodation and working space with high-speed fibre internet. The residency will be located in the same community as the growing Silicon Zanzibar collective of tech companies, which will facilitate collaboration with existing organizations who have scaled up operations across the African continent.
We shall receive applications up to the 13th November 2022. Applicants shall receive a response to their applications on or before 20th November 2022.
If you are interested in applying, please complete the application form here. For additional questions, submit your queries here below.
You write: "We are delighted to announce the 2023 Effective Altruism Africa Residency Fellowship, to be hosted on the island of Zanzibar."
Who is we? I even clicked on the application form and still don't know.
I apologize for the error. The program is an initiative by the EA Nairobi Group led and organized by Daniel Yu.
Anne N N
So it is being organised by the Center for Effective Altruism? Or is being organised by a separate organisation, with help/sponsorship from CEA?
The Residency program is guaranteed funding by Daniel Yu, founder and CEO of Wasoko, while awaiting potential funding from other sources.
What is the EA Charter? I haven't heard of it before. Is there a link to a description of it?
And I think Neel was asking who is organizing the program's day to day operations, not just who is funding it.
Apologies for the previous error. The program will be organized by members drawn from the EA Nairobi chapter, including myself while being supported by Daniel Yu.
Anne N N
The program is supported by members of the EA Nairobi Chapter alongside other EAs in Africa in consultation with CEA.
Hi Anne Nganga! Habari!
This looks particularly interesting to me as I’m originally from Zanzibar.
I think I should point out that the last question has got no space for an answer. I hope the form will be fixed soon enough that people will get to submit their applications!
Looking forward to see the great outcome out of this!
Thank you! Asante!
Great to hear from you. We're very excited to host the program in Zanzibar.
Thank you for the observation. The form has been fixed.
Anne N N
Awesome - excited about this! Please let me know if you want me or someone from Wave to give a talk or say hello. (I am not likely to make it in person, but it's not crazy that someone from my team might be.)
Hi there Lincoln,
Thank you for your gracious offer. We would be honored to have Waves' presence in the program. Please send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can work everything out.
I look forward to speaking with you.
Anne N N
No feedback yet past the day we expected feedback? Is this genuine?
This looks exciting!
The application form link doesn't currently work.
Hi Tristan, thanks for noting that. We're working to add a working link. It should be up in no time.
Oh dear, I am late to the party. Hopefully will be able to apply for the next round. Will there be a next round?
What kind of support will be provided? E.g., meals, support for patterns to come, leasure activities
We endeavor to provide fellows all round support during the subsistence of the program. This will include accommodation, a co-working space with high speed fibre internet access, Swahili classes, entertainment, team building activities and a living stipend.
You can reach me on my email at email@example.com incase of queries or concerns.
Anne N N
Hi Anne! Do you know of any efforts similar to this going on in the summer? I lead the EA group at Georgetown University and would not be able to apply for this spring, however I would be very interested to know if there are summer opportunities?
Thank you for your interest in the program. The Penn Development Research Initiative will be running a fellowship program for junior African social scientists with interests in impact evaluation, evidence-based policy etc. to spend a semester at Penn. This will be in September-December 2023.
If this piques your interest, please have a closer look here. I am happy to get in touch and discuss this further.
Anne N N
Habari? Thank you very much for the link, I honestly came to know of this opportunity from your reply to Kearney. Is there a particular site or forum in which such opportunities are posted?
Hi there Kassa,
You can always find such opportunities in the events and fellowships section on the forum!
Best, Anne N N
Is it possible for visit for a shorter time than 12 weeks?
Successful applicants who make requests to be indulged on time may be considered.
I hope this answers your question.
Meanwhile, this is a great initiative
Are the flights covered to get to East Africa?
Hi Yelnats T.J, the program endeavors to offer travel support to successful applicants who need it.
So cool! I'll really be waiting to see what comes out of this!
Thank you for your message. We're excited to make this program a success!
Anne N N
What happens after the program? Are the fellows supported to launch a startup? Are fellows ideas funded? Kindly detail what the structured support is.
Kindly help with response to the above questions.
The objective of the residency is to provide structured support and develop community connections between Effective Altruists working on projects improving wellbeing across the African continent.
We endeavor to foster an environment of reflection and collaboration amongst EA aligned professionals within which thoughts, ideas and interventions in Effective Altruism are encouraged, discussed, critiqued and supported accordingly.
Indeed, fellows will have the opportunity to create aligned connections and forge valuable, long lasting networks. The support we seek to offer fellows include accommodation, a co-working space, language support through Swahili classes, amongst others.
You may reach me on my email at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend to any concern arising.
Anne N N
Thank you so much for the response