Here’s a week-by-week breakdown of what you'll discuss:
Intro to EA Fellowship
The Fellowship program was built to equip students with the knowledge to do good in the world more effectively and the tools to think critically about their career ambitions. By the end of the fellowship, participants have access to in-depth coaching, career advice/connections, and mentored research and project groups.
Each program lasts 5 weeks, and is built around weekly 1.5-hour discussions with 3-5 other Fellows in which you’ll talk freely about these ideas. The total time commitment is 2.5 hours per week for 5 weeks.
Week 1: Introduction to Effective Altruism
In this week, participants will get to know each other and their facilitator. Topics discussed include, cause-neutrality, scope-insensitivity, and a framework for cause-prioritization.
Week 2: Rationality
In this week, participants will cover counterfactual reasoning and expected value and their application to altruistic endeavors.
Week 3: Expanding Our Compassion
In week 3, participants discuss who we should consider when taking action to do good, with a particular focus on the concept of sentience and the farmed animal welfare cause area. We also use the term “Cause X” to ask what opportunities we could be missing.
Week 4: Longtermism and Existential Risk
Week 5: Effective Altruism in your Life
Who Should Apply?
The seminar is open to all members of the UW-Madison community. For others, please apply through EA Virtual Programs.
We recommend applying to this program if you:
- Want to make a large positive impact through your career, giving, or volunteering
- Can commit 2 hours a week to readings and exercises, in addition to the weekly 1-hour discussions
- Can attend at least 4 out of the 5 weekly discussion sessions
We are committed to building a diverse group of members. We strongly encourage interested students to apply regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, etc. We also encourage undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as individuals from all intellectual backgrounds and majors to apply.