Horizon Fellowship (瞻遠學者) 

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

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.

The fellowship will last 6 weeks, starting in early October. 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!  

Check out the Handbook for more detailed syllabus !

What does the Horizon Fellowship involve?

  • In 2020, this was the first introductory EA fellowship in Asia.

  • Our core goal with this program is to introduce you to some of the principles and thinking tools behind effective altruism. We hope that these tools can help you as you think through how you can best help the world.

  • We also want to share some of the arguments for working on specific problems, like global health or biosecurity. People involved in effective altruism tend to agree that, partly due to uncertainty about which cause is best, we should split our resources between problems. But they don’t agree on what that split should be. People in the effective altruism community actively discuss and disagree about which causes to prioritize and how, even though we’ve learned a lot over the last decade. We hope that you will take these ideas seriously and think for yourself about which ways to help are most effective.

  • 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 posts should take most participants 1 - 1.5 hours to get through, and the exercise another 30 to 60 minutes. We have matched the readings and exercises so that, in total, it will take around 1.5 - 2 hours per week to prepare for the weekly session. 

  • Beyond the core posts, there are more materials each week in ‘More to Explore’ — these are all optional and 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.


  • Finally, we give you some time at the end of the program to begin to reflect on how you personally can help to solve these problems. We don’t expect you’ll have an answer by the end of the six weeks, but we hope you’re better prepared to explore this further.

Apply ASAP if you're...

  • 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.

Application Process

  • Application for Oct - Nov round has closed.

  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 


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