Horizon Fellowship (瞻遠學者) 2021

now open for application until 10th Jan!

With limited resources, how can we do the most good?

COVID-19 is profoundly affecting our life and the world. So are many other issues that are less directly tangible yet are no less important: extreme poverty, global health, animal welfare, risks from emerging technologies, and so on. 

To address these issues, kindness and compassion are valuable, but they are not all we need. We must also acknowledge that radically different outcomes can result from equally good intentions. The most effective methods to improve the world can use equal resources to create impacts that are thousands of times larger than the impacts from common practices.

Doing good better is one of the defining challenges of our time. Given resource constraints, it is crucial that we make the most effective use of what we have in order to create the greatest positive impact possible. And this is essentially what the Horizon Fellowship is all about: The Horizon Fellowship helps you think about how to do good effectively and helps you to reflect on how to maximize your potential to make a difference.

In this semester-long program lasting from January to April, you will engage in rigorous intellectual discussions on how to maximize your social impact with limited resources, focusing on the following topics:

- What are the most pressing global issues to address?

- How can we find the most effective measures to solve those problems?

- What are the risks posed by emerging technologies?

- Why should we care about and how can we affect the long-term future?

- Which careers to choose to have a bigger impact on the world?

...and much more!  

What does the Horizon Fellowship involve?

  • For each session of the fellowship, we will focus on a single topic. We will provide you with a list  of readings as well as some questions to ponder on. The core materials should take most participants less than two hours to get through, and the exercise should take about another 30 to 60 minutes. Thus, we expect most participants to spend two to three hours per week to prepare for the weekly session.

  • Beyond the required readings, there are additional materials each week in ‘Recommended Reading’ and ‘More to Explore’ - these are all optional and they explore the themes of the week in more depth and breadth. 


  • Each week’s meeting lasts for 1.5 hours, during which we will study the readings together and discuss our thoughts with other fellows. You will gain deeper understandings,  new insights, and new perspectives on some of the most important issues facing the world today.

  • You will also have the opportunity to conduct purpose-driven research about the topic that you are most interested in.

The Fellowship also offers:


  • Opportunity for one-on-one career coaching.

  • Opportunities to be further considered for the Tianxia Fellowship, a program run by a partner organization in our network, aiming at cultivating leadership for addressing some of the most important issues the world faces. 


  • A lifelong network for mentorship and collaborations.

This year, we are honoured to have received support from Oxford regarding the syllabus and materials that we will be studying together. We have also gained a lot of experience from running a similar fellowship program last year (in which we had an amazing joint session with students from Harvard!). We think the Horizon Fellowship would be an inspiring and rewarding journey for you! 

Check out our syllabus for more information!

Testimonials from previous fellows

"We come up with questions including how to distribute limited resources, what issues we should study, what causes we should put resources in and solve first.

-- Doris Wang, HKU Bachelor of Arts, 2020 Spring 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 is 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."

-- Yvonne Jin, HKU Bachelor of Science, 2020 Spring 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”

-- Winky Leong, HKU Bachelor of Arts and Science, 2020 Spring cohort

You can also read about the full passage of graduation blogs by our newly appointed executive members Leonard and Winky below:


Apply ASAP If You Are...

Application Process

  • Concerned about how to do good more effectively

  • Hope to find a community to discuss with and mentors to learn from

  • Convinced that careful reasoning and evidence-based analysis help us make better decisions

  • Open-minded to new concepts and self-driven to explore.

  • Applications are open now until 10th January, 2021. Apply here!

  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 


  •  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short video interview.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at