How can we do the most good? The fellowship is an intensive and rewarding 8-week programme for university students and other people interested in improving the world.
The fellowship is an introduction to the principles of effective altruism. The weekly readings are followed by a group discussion. They make an excellent opportunity to deeply engage with ideas and strategies for effectively improving the world with the resources we have, and meet with like-minded people.
Fellows will combine the head and the heart, as they apply rigor and rationality to questions regarding morality and 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.
This week we’ll investigate what opportunities to do good we have available to us, come to terms with the tradeoffs we face in our altruistic efforts and explore tools that can help us find unusually high impact opportunities.
We focus on giving you tools to quantify and evaluate how much good an intervention can achieve; introduce expected value reasoning; and investigate differences in expected cost-effectiveness between interventions.
This week focuses on your own values and the practical implications that these views have. During week 3 we explore who our moral consideration should expand to, with a particular focus on farmed animals as a case example.
This week we’ll explore a different approach to finding high-impact interventions - ‘longtermism’ - which attempts to find interventions that beneficially influence the long-run course of humanity.
This week we’ll cover the definition of an existential risk; examine why existential risks might be a moral priority; and explore why existential risks are so neglected by society.
During this week, we’ll explore a few technological trends which might have relevance for existential risk. We aim to cover two key emerging technologies that might be less well known - transformative artificial intelligence and advances in biotechnology.
This week focuses on a range of different tools that we might be able to use to increase our good judgment and ability to forecast well
One of the main ways in which we can affect the world for the better is through our careers. This week we help you apply the principles of effective altruism to your own life and also critically reflect back on the rest of the fellowship.
We especially encourage students at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University to apply to be a fellow, but people with other backgrounds are also welcome.
In order to get the most out of this program, Effective Altruism Fellows will be:
- Willing and able to commit ~3-4 hours per week during the
whole 8-week fellowship
- Passionate about helping others
- Open-minded and flexible, eager to update their beliefs in response to persuasive evidence
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.
Round 1: Fill out the application form. We will let you know 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 on October 11-17. We will let you know by October 22 whether you have been accepted to the fellowship program.
Accepted fellows will meet for the first time in the end of the October.
Don’t forget to apply on time! We look forward to reading your application!
Effective altruism is about finding out how we can use our resources to help others the most.
Effective Altruism Helsinki is a welcoming local community dedicated to inspiring and supporting one another to achieve altruistic goals. We organize monthly meetups, as well as occasional workshops and discussion groups.
Visit https://www.altruismi.fi to learn more.
Every week you will have reading to do and a 90 min discussion session. In addition to that, we will organise (virtual) social events where you can get to know fellowship participants outside your discussion group. We also encourage you to have 1-on-1 chat with a facilitator where you can discuss any questions that you might have.
All the readings are in English, so it’s good if you are used to reading in English. However, you don’t need to be a native English speaker, neither are we. Most of our facilitators are students who also speak Finnish, so there is the possibility to run Finnish (or even Swedish) discussion groups too. Anyway, we encourage you to have an open mindset. This could also be a good opportunity to improve your English skills, as you learn and talk with others about interesting topics!
The application period ends: 30 September 2021.
Interviews: 11-17 October.
The fellowship starts on 29 October and lasts 8 weeks.
(The weekly meetups for each discussion group will be decided later)
80% of the spring 2021 fellowship participants said they would highly recommend the fellowship to their friends.