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 11th of July to 4th of September. Apply before Monday, July 24th.

Each round's deadline is on the last Sunday of every month, 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, July 17th! 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.

To stay up to date on our programming, join the EA Virtual Programs mailing list.

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

Open Programs

The Precipice Reading Group

08 August - 02 October 2022

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.

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.

Introductory EA Program

08 August - 02 October 2022

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.

In-Depth EA Program

08 August - 02 October 2022

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.

Past Programs

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.