Welcome to the

Atlas Fellowship

The Atlas Fellowship is an experiment in giving talented high school students across the world the thinking tools and resources they need to pursue ambitious and impactful careers. 


$50,000 scholarships

Summer program in the San Francisco Bay Area

Global community


The Atlas Fellowship is a free program for talented high school students to develop big-picture thinking about science, philosophy, and the future.

You’ll learn to form your own conclusions about the world’s most pressing problems and what you can do about them.

Atlas Fellows are selected through a rigorous process that consists of a written application and online interview. Two tiers of prizes will be awarded. This isn’t just another summer program – this is a global talent search for people who will help tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems and steer the future of our civilization. 

Who: High school and pre-college gap year students anywhere in the world

When: June 12–23, July 3–14, July 17–28, August 14–25

Where: Piedmont Commons, next to UC Berkeley

The deadline to apply has passed. Applicants will hear back from us by May 15.


• $50,000 scholarship for 100 winners

• Fully-funded summer program in Silicon Valley

• Fellow benefits: future summer programs and in-person reunions, online community, summer planning, college advising, internship placements, personalized career advice, free books from the Atlas Library, etc.


• $1,000 scholarship for up to 500 winners

• 5 free books from our Atlas Library

• Online community of award winners

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Determine how the world works

“Beliefs are hypotheses to be tested, not treasures to be guarded.”

— Philip Tetlock

When did you figure out crypto was a big deal? How exactly is COVID going to play out? Could the 21st century be the most important century ever for humanity? How might advanced AI systems shape our future? The world can be pretty confusing. Through big-picture thinking about science, philosophy, and the future, our goal is to help you build models of what’s going on and what that implies for you!

Identify what you can do to shape it

“There's no switch inside you [high school students] that magically flips when you turn a certain age or graduate from some institution. You start being an adult when you decide to take responsibility for your life. You can do that at any age.”

— Paul Graham

Are you developing your own long-term plans, or are you following a default path? Are you setting your own priorities for your life, or are you allowing others to set them for you? We want to help you develop agency – the skill of taking actions that steer the world towards your goals by strategically choosing what to work on, looking where others aren't looking, and developing a hacker mindset to find unconventional solutions. By providing funding and other support, we hope to make it 100x easier for you to test your aptitudes, experiment with big ideas, take risks, and find clever shortcuts to do good in the world.

Access a network to accelerate your impact

“There is no justice in the laws of nature, no term for fairness in the equations of motion. The Universe is neither evil, nor good, it simply does not care. The stars don't care, or the Sun, or the sky. But they don't have to! WE care! There IS light in the world, and it is US!”

― Eliezer Yudkowsky, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Caring about the world and trying to steer it in good directions can be really hard. We don’t expect you to do it alone! You’ll meet like-minded students at summer programs, reunions, and in an online community. Beyond that, you’ll gain direct access to our global network of leaders, thinkers, and philanthropists who can help supercharge your projects.

Guest Speakers

We’re building a community of friendly and ambitious people who will be guest speakers during the Atlas Fellowship summer program. Here are a couple of these people:

Jan Brauner

Jan Brauner

First author on a Science publication about government Covid interventions (one of the top 7 most referenced papers in the history of the journal). PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

Avital Balwit

Avital Balwit

Runs a congressional campaign in Oregon. Research scholar at the Future of Humanity Institute, Rhodes Scholar, and a fiction writer.

Jade Leung

Jade Leung

Governance and Policy Advisor at OpenAI and manages investments for Sam Altman.

Sophie Rose

Sophie Rose

Co-Founder and Director of Research at 1DaySooner, winner of Tyler Cowen’s Marginal Revolution Emergent Ventures anti-Covid prize of $300,000 USD.

Simran Dhaliwal

Simran Dhaliwal

Managing Director at Longview Philanthropy. Previously did the Teach First graduate programme as a Mathematics teacher and was an equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Apply to the Fellowship

We are excited to support talented, thoughtful young people curious about solving important real-world problems. If that’s you, please apply – the first stage takes just 30-60 minutes.

The Atlas Fellowship application deadline has been extended!
Applications are now due April 17, 2022.

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