Applications for the 2020 Summer Research Fellowship have now closed.

Impact of Covid-19 on the Summer Research Fellowship

  • Timing: we confirm that the fellowship will take place in the 6 weeks from July 13th. In exceptional circumstances we may take applicants who are only available for some of that time period.
  • Location: we have decided that the fellowship will be run remotely. It seems unlikely that FHI’s physical office will be open in July and August, so the whole institute will probably be working and engaging remotely.
    • Fellows will be added to the FHI Slack and attend FHI seminars remotely. There will be weekly meetings with the other fellows, and each fellow will have a mentor who meets with them regularly. We have some ideas for remote discussion formats, and are excited about creating a rich intellectual community online.
  • Stipends: due to the reduced costs associated with attending a programme, we intend to provide a reduced stipend of £750 to each fellow. However, we would like to support any fellows who would not be able to participate without further financial assistance, and in this case we expect to be able to find additional funding.

FHI Summer Research Fellowship

The Future of Humanity Institute is excited to launch its Summer Research Fellowship. FHI is seeking research fellows for summer 2020 to pursue research aimed at improving the long-term future. This is an opportunity to work with researchers and make original contributions in a young and exciting field.

Participants will likely take the lead on a project, with mentorship and support from a more experienced researcher on FHI’s Research Scholarship Programme. The expected output is a research article or similar on a question relevant to the long-term future.

We expect to offer six to twelve summer research fellowships. We aim to have all fellows stay in Oxford for the six weeks from July 13th, but are open to considering different dates for exceptional candidates.

This year’s project leads are Eliana Lorch, a Research Scholar at the Future of Humanity Institute, and Rose Hadshar, Research Scholars Project Manager.

Who the Summer Research Fellowship is for

Fellows will show an aptitude for independent research, good written communication skills, relevant knowledge, and an understanding of our work. Applicants are considered with academic backgrounds ranging from pre-undergrad to those with a doctorate.

In assessing candidates, we look for:

  • Good judgement about which directions to pursue
  • Clarity of language, communication, and thinking
  • Generating interesting and thoughtful ideas
  • Ability to think and work independently
  • Intellectual ability and curiosity
  • Relevance of the research question to improving the long-term future.

If you have any questions about this programme, please contact

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