As people sometimes still refer to this post and use it as input for their fellowship program, I wanted to share three major updates:1. Impact Seminar: originally, the fellowship was intended to be for everybody, from people new to Effective Altruism to advanced members. Last year we changed this, as having in-depth discussions with varying levels of familiarity was sometimes challenging. We made the fellowship only for advanced members and added a five-week introduction program, the Impact Seminar.
2. Restricted in time: originally, the fellowship was an ongoing program. However, as we had more and more members who were not very active and after feedback from the fellows, we are now working with a two-month fellowship. After finishing a fellowship, participants can sign-up for the next edition, but continuation is opt-in and if fellows decide to continue we expect them to attend at least 80% of the fellowship evenings.
3. Driven by the fellows: fellows are themselves responsible for the fellowship evenings. I lead the first session, which is focused on getting to know each other and on planning the rest of the fellowship. After the first session, each evening has a fellow who is responsible. The responsible fellow defines the topic of the evening (together with the group), announces, prepares, and leads the evening. I think this is a great way for a fellow to deepen their understanding of a specific topic. The fellowship’s content is continuously changing this way. Examples of topics of the current fellowship: replacing guilt, debugging workshop, critiques on longtermism, future and current impact of AI, Alternative proteins, Effective Giving at your company, etc.