Early-Career Funding for Global Catastrophic Biological Risks — Scholarship Support (2018)

Award Date 
Grant Amount 
To support work and study related to global catastrophic biological risks.

Grant investigator: Claire Zabel

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Scholarship recipients also reviewed the page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a total of approximately $570,000 over three years in flexible support to enable five early-career people to pursue work and study related to global catastrophic biological risks.1 We sought applications for this funding here and ultimately elected to support a cohort of interns, masters candidates, and PhD students. Recipients include:

  • Noga Aharony, internship, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
  • Cassidy Nelson, PhD student, Oxford University
  • Alexander Norman, internship, Centre for Pathogenic Evolution at Cambridge University and Church Laboratories at Harvard University
  • Georgia Ray, masters student, George Mason University
  • Caleb Withers, masters student, Georgetown University

This falls within our focus area of biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

Update: In October 2018, we added $55,000 to the original award amount. The “grant amount” above has been updated to reflect this.

  • 1. This is an estimate because of uncertainty around future year tuition costs and currency exchange rates.