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.
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 20.
• $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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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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
Runs a congressional campaign in Oregon. Research scholar at the Future of Humanity Institute, Rhodes Scholar, and a fiction writer.
Governance and Policy Advisor at OpenAI and manages investments for Sam Altman.