Horizon Fellowship (瞻遠學者) 
Past Testimonials

Avinash Bharwaney

Management Trainee at Jardine Matheson,

2022 cohort

The Horizon Fellowship was a terrific chance to meet like-minded people around the world and submerge into a world of discussion beyond my day-to-day life and career. Opening up to learn, think and debate about issues that were foreign to me such as nuclear war and biorisks, gave me an empowering macroscopic picture of the world that I very much needed. It is unfortunate this is not bread and butter in high school or university. Even though it was a minor commitment, a Sunday evening post-dinner discussion with some pre-reads during the week, I was hooked and I looked forward to it every week. 

I left the course with a few things. A number of new friends that I continue to stay in touch with. More importantly, a profoundly developed mindset about how I want to perceive myself, the world, and my position in this world. The Fellowship helped me develop what I like to frame as a "humanity-first" mindset. I still have quite a long way of achieving this entirely, but with a world strife with war, pandemics, social aggression, populism, and divergence, maintaining a humanity-first perspective keeps me grounded on what's important and my overall belief system. It reminds me of what we are here to do in this world: a moral obligation to help our planet and its beings as best as possible, in the most effective way

It may be just another narrative that we tell ourselves to sleep better at night. But then again, if we tell ourselves narratives to begin with, I'd quite like it to be this."

Jiali Luo,

The University of Hong Kong,

2021 Spring cohort

Esan Lee

Marketing Manager at Deskimo, 

2022 cohort

This fellowship program opens a new world of thoughts for me. I have never thought of doing better for good as doing good is good enough. There are plenty of other mind-blowing concepts including longtermism, and threats of technological advancement like AI that constitute one of the most potent existential risks. 

This program is suitable for those hungry to know more, about reasoning and concepts that improve the quality of humankind. I enjoyed it very much and am taking a further step to work on the EA In-Depth Program.

Ronald Leung,

Senior Associate at Moody’s,

2022 cohort

I have always longed for a place where I can engage in intellectual discussions with people who also want to do good to the world through their work. The Horizon Fellowship provided exactly such a venue and it was an exhilarating experience to talk to people with different backgrounds and opinions. I hope the pandemic restriction will soon pass so this cohort of fellows can meet face to face to further engage in intellectual discussion.  

I probably wouldn’t have learnt things like animal rights and longtermism if i were not involved in this program. And I love how people from different fields discuss and the chemistry that happens in it. Also the platforms with lots of resources have given me the access to know more even after the program ended.

Jinghui Yu,

Lancaster university,

2022 cohort

Dailin Gan,

Ph.D. in Statistics at University of Notre Dame, 2021 Spring cohort

Participating in the Horizon Fellowship may be the best choice that I have made in my final year as a college student. If you care about your community and the world that you live in, this fellowship provides you with the opportunities to explore, think about and engage in pressing problems worldwide that you may never be aware of.

 

What is more inspiring is that there are always ambitious, highly supportive and engaged friends in the community, with whom you can talk about global issues and solutions to pressing problems, and share and challenge ideas altogether. This is an amazing and meaningful journey and it is really worth the time.

Davin Singh,

University of Malaya,

2021 Spring cohort

The Fellowship was a pivotal experience for me. As a Finance undergraduate, I've always felt the externalities of my degree were causing more harm than good. Through the Fellowship, my perspective has changed on cause areas, organisations, and how donating my income can and will have a significant impact. My cohort of fellows came from a diverse range of backgrounds, yet we were all value-aligned and very committed to the cause. My main takeaway from the fellowship is: I have the ability to do the most good with my career prospects, and it synergises with my values as a human being. Definitely give this Fellowship a go."  

Yvonne Jin,

The University of Hong Kong,

2020 cohort

The deeper I dive into this community, the more I am assured that there are people out there that share similar concerns and are trying to solve the problem by applying the principles discussed in the program and solve new, promising cause areas. There are lots of work to be done to make it a valid cause area, especially regarding evidence evaluation. Considering these guiding principles while deciding on a career path has allowed me to make decisions regarding how best utilize my comparative advantage and make the most impact.

Winky Leong

The University of Hong Kong, 

2020 cohort

I enjoyed the learning and discussions thoroughly. Many concepts were surprising to me. Really glad that I made the choice to apply even though at first, I was unsure about it. I look forward to staying in this community and contributing to the next round of the program.

Jiali Luo

The University of Hong Kong, 

2021 spring cohort

Horizon Fellowship should be one of the invaluable experiences in my university life. During the last few months, I had solid and profound discussions under causes that should be solved first with excellent fellows from different areas of expertise. The whole journey reconfirms my thoughts of getting more involved in the EA community and I will continue the 'earning to give' practice.”                                                          

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