Future of Humanity Institute Scholarships

The Future of Humanity Institute is launching a new scholarship programme for DPhil students starting at the University of Oxford in the 2019-2020 academic year. 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.

The 2019-20 admissions cycle for graduate courses opens in September.  Please check the University’s Application Guide for more information about applying to Oxford.

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
  • 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 course, 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 on this page.

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.

Please see here for the list of eligible courses: Eligible programmes (FHI scholarship)

Applications and selection

More on the applications and selection process will be uploaded here in due course. Please check this page at a later date for further details.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship at the initial stages.

You must submit your application for your chosen course by the relevant deadline, no later than January 25th 2019. You do not need to mention your interest in FHI’s scholarship programme in your course application.

We will consider candidates who have been awarded a place on an eligible DPhil programme and whose proposed research topic is relevant to FHI.

We will contact promising candidates to take part in a selection process for an FHI scholarship by providing additional materials for consideration – this will include an outline of how your proposed research relates to the aims of FHI. We will then interview promising candidates.

After we have conducted interviews, our selection committee will make the final decision on scholarships. We expect to offer the scholarships in April 2019.

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 owen.cotton-barratt@philosophy.ox.ac.uk