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 February 7th to April 3rd. Apply before Sunday, January 30th.

New rounds start in the first Monday 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, January 23rd! 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.

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Open Programs

The Precipice Reading Group

07 February - 03 April 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.

Introductory EA Program

07 February - 03 April 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

07 February - 03 April 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.

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.

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.

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.