For the past two years, FHI has awarded a small number of scholarships to DPhil students starting at the University of Oxford whose research aims to answer crucial questions for improving the long-term prospects of humanity. 

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. The scholarship is an opportunity to engage with leading researchers working on humanity’s future, while deepening your own expertise through a DPhil. We hope the scholarship will give students the financial and intellectual independence to engage with whatever seems most important in their area of research for the long-term flourishing of humanity.

About the scholarship

Recipients of the Future of Humanity Institute scholarship become part of a group of exceptional students working on crucial questions for humanity across a range of disciplines.

Scholars 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
  • The opportunity to network with world-leading researchers and to participate in social occasions and lively lectures held at FHI

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


FHI is looking for scholars whose research is aimed at answering crucial questions for humanity. There will be a 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.

FHI is an interdisciplinary institute. Eligible departments for the FHI DPhil scholarship are Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, History, Law, Mathematics, the Oxford Internet Institute, Philosophy, Physics, Politics and International Relations, Public Policy, Sociology, Statistics, and Zoology. In exceptional circumstances, applicants from other departments may be considered.

Candidates must be starting a full- or part-time DPhil programme in the relevant academic year in a relevant discipline. Home/EU students and overseas students are considered. DPhil supervisors do not need to be attached to the Future of Humanity Institute.


Applications have now closed for the 2020/21 intake of DPhil scholarships. You can sign up to our newsletter to receive updates about future application rounds.

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