S-risk Introductory Fellowship

Our Introductory Fellowship on risks of astronomical suffering (s-risks) is intended for effective altruists to learn more about which s-risks we consider most important and how to reduce them.

Applications for our next Fellowship will likely take place in the last quarter of 2024, but applications haven't opened yet. To be notified when we next run an Intro Fellowship, please sign up to our mailing list by adding your email in the footer of this page.


The fellowship is six weeks long and involves a time commitment of about 3-5 hours per week. It covers what we currently consider to be the most important sources of s-risk (TAI conflict, risks from malevolent actors).

Fellowship participants are be divided into small cohorts. Each week covers a new topic. Participants explore relevant background materials in their own time, and then have the opportunity to discuss the topic with each other and with CLR staff during a one-hour Zoom meeting. For the final week, each cohort  chooses from a list of preselected topics to learn about, giving participants the ability to tailor the material in a way that’s most useful for them.

In addition to having group discussions, participants attend talks by s-risk researchers and are given the option to schedule 1-1 personalized career calls with us. CLR researchers also join fellowship meetings about topics related to their work, to answer questions and help facilitate discussion.

Target audience

We think this program will be useful for you if:

  • You are interested in s-risks and are at least seriously considering to make this cause a priority for your career; and
  • You have not interacted extensively with CLR (staff) yet, e.g., you have talked with us for less than 10h.

If you’re interested in applying for our Summer Research Fellowship, this fellowship is a good opportunity to learn more about our work and improve your application due to having a better understanding of what we do and how to contribute.

There might be more idiosyncratic reasons to apply and the criteria above are intended as a guide rather than strict criteria.


If you have any questions about the program or are uncertain whether to apply, you can comment on this post, or reach out to winston.oswald-drummond@longtermrisk.org.

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