Virtual Programs

EA Virtual Programs are opportunities for anyone around the world to engage intensively with the ideas of effective altruism through readings, videos, podcasts, exercises, and weekly small-group discussions.

Each program lasts 8 weeks, and you’ll have weekly 1-hour discussions with a cohort of 3-5 participants and one facilitator. Before attending each discussion, you’ll spend roughly 2 hours completing a set of readings (and sometimes a brief written exercise).

The next round of programs will happen from the 9th of January to the 5th of March . Apply by Sunday, December 11th.

Each round's deadline is on the last or second-last Sunday of every month (except for this coming round), so you can apply whenever is best for your schedule.

If you have participated in any EA fellowships, programs, or reading groups before, and are looking for ways to contribute to the community, please apply to be a facilitator by Sunday, December 4th! Getting more great facilitators allows us to accept more people into our programs. You’re also likely to reinforce what you learned previously by engaging further with familiar content.

Note! From the round starting in October, and all future rounds, Virtual Programs will no longer be offering certificates for completing the program. Please send any questions or feedback about this descision to virtualprograms@effectivealtruism.org.

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Please send any questions or feedback to virtualprograms@effectivealtruism.org.

Open Programs

The Precipice Reading Group

09 January - 05 March 2023

In this reading group, you will read and engage in structured discussions of Toby Ord’s The Precipice, a book about existential risks and safeguarding the future of humanity.

Introductory EA Program

09 January - 05 March 2023

This program is ideal for those new to effective altruism, or for those who have some familiarity, but want to explore the core ideas in a structured way.

Introduction to Animal Advocacy Online Course

19 September - 28 November 2022

This online course will walk you through the key points to helping animals through your career. You will learn about the animal advocacy community and the diverse and exciting career opportunities available.

In-Depth EA Program

09 January - 05 March 2023

This program is ideal for graduates of the introductory program or those with a similar level of experience, who want to dive deeper into more complex EA ideas and examine their key uncertainties about how to best improve the world.

How to (actually) change the world

08 July - 08 July 2023

Learn the foundations of effective altruism, in 5- to 10- minute interactive lessons. A free, online course to learn research-backed, actionable ideas to help you make a big difference in the world.

Past Programs

US Policy Careers Speaker Series

14 July - 22 August 2022

This speaker series aims to help people learn about what various policy jobs in Washington, DC, are like (e.g., Congress, executive branch, think tanks), how they can get these jobs, and how to evaluate their fit as well as prepare for a US policy career.

ML Safety Scholars Program

20 June - 19 August 2022

A program to help undergraduate students gain skills in machine learning with the aim of using those skills for empirical AI safety research in the future.

Legal Topics in Effective Altruism

18 October - 12 December 2021

A survey of legal ideas and research topics related to key EA concepts and cause areas.

Alternative Protein Fundamentals Program

31 January - 27 March 2022

In this program, you’ll explore the alternative protein field in detail, either in technical research, or in policy and entrepreneurship. This program is ideal for those who are already familiar with the core ideas of effective altruism and are interested to learn more about this specific field.

AGI Safety Fundamentals Program

01 January - 31 March 2022

In this program, you’ll explore the field of AI safety in detail, with a focus on your choice of AI alignment or AI governance. This program is ideal for those who are already familiar with the core ideas of effective altruism and are interested to learn more about the AI safety cause area.