FHI is launching a new scholarship programme for DPhil students starting at the University of Oxford. We will be awarding up to 8 scholarships for scholars whose research aims to answer crucial questions for improving the long-term prospects of humanity. Candidates will be considered from a range of disciplines, including computer science, economics, international relations, mathematics, philosophy, and public policy. Our goal is to choose the very best students and support them as they begin work on some of the greatest challenges the human race faces.

About the scholarship

As one of the recipients of the Future of Humanity Institute scholarship, you will become part of a group of exceptional students working on crucial questions for humanity across a range of disciplines.

You will receive:

  • Fully paid University fees for the duration of your fee liability
  • A generous grant for living expenses of at least £19,000 per year
  • Desk space in the Future of Humanity Institute’s office, which is shared with the Global Priorities Institute and Centre for Effective Altruism
  • Access to regular seminars and working groups, including those run under FHI’s Research Scholars Programme
  • Mentorship and support from FHI’s researchers including Dr Owen Cotton-Barratt, the co-ordinator of the scholarship programme
  • The opportunity to network with world-leading researchers and to participate in social occasions and lively lectures held at FHI

The scholarship will be awarded for the duration of your fee liability, subject to satisfactory academic progress.


To be eligible for a Future of Humanity Institute scholarship you must be starting a full- or part- time DPhil programme in the 2019/2020 academic year in a relevant discipline. You can be either a Home/EU or an overseas student. Your supervisor does not need to be attached to the Future of Humanity Institute.

FHI is an interdisciplinary institute. To be eligible for the scholarship your research should be aimed at answering crucial questions for humanity through the lens of any of 70 eligible programmes. The eligible programmes are across all divisions of the University: Humanities, MPLS, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. They include computer science, engineering, neuroscience, mathematics, philosophy, history, public policy, international relations, sociology, law, and economics. You can download the full list of eligible programmes here.

There will be a weak preference for candidates working in existing FHI research areas of: global priorities research and macrostrategy; AI strategy; AI safety; and reducing catastrophic risks from biotechnology.

Applications and selection

Applicants need to apply to an Oxford department by the relevant January deadline to be considered for the scholarship. Once departments have made their offers they will recommend suitable candidates to FHI. You can also register your interest here if you would like us to actively ask your department whether recommendation is appropriate. FHI will then invite recommended candidates to complete a separate application, likely a statement of how your proposed research relates to the aims of FHI. .

The provisional timeline for FHI’s application process is as follows:

  • 5 March: invite applications
  • 17 March: application deadlines
  • 20 March: invite shortlisted candidates to complete an interview and a trial task
  • 25 March: trial task deadline
  • 27 and 28 March: Interviews
  • 29 March: final decisions

It is possible that there will be some alterations to this timetable.

Due to the volume of applications we expect to receive, unfortunately we cannot contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.

If you have any questions, please contact fhischolarships@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.

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