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Early-Career Funding for Improving the Long-Term Future — Scholarship Support (2021)

Award Date 
Grant Amount 
To support work and study related to improving the long-term future.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Bastian Stern

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

Open Philanthropy recommended a total of approximately $1,489,373 over two years in flexible support to enable early-career individuals to pursue work and study related to improving the long-term future. 1 We sought applications for this funding here. Recipients include: 2

  • Cecil Abungu, self-study and research at the Legal Priorities Project and the Cambridge Leverhulme Center
  • Andrei Alexandru, self-study related to machine learning and AI alignment research
  • Raymond Daniel Bressler, PhD in economics at Columbia University
  • Lucius Caviola, post-doc at Harvard University
  • Isabella Duan, masters degree in computational social science at the University of Chicago
  • Nicholas Emery, AI governance PhD program at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Arsen Fazlovic, MPA degree at Harvard Kennedy School
  • Aleš Flidr, master’s degree in economics and social history at the University of Oxford
  • Anna Gajdová, completion of master’s thesis
  • Michael Groom, research on nuclear winter at the University of Sydney
  • Riley Harris, self-study and a research project under the supervision of economist John Quiggin
  • William John Henshall, MPP degree at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Melissa Hopkins, internship and research project
  • Jessica Ji, master’s degree in security studies at Georgetown University
  • Sonia Joseph, self-study in math and physics
  • Michel Justen, senior thesis project
  • Evgenii Kortukov, master’s degree in machine learning at the University of Tübingen
  • Max Lagenkamp, master’s degree in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Trevor Levin, study at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School
  • Aigerim Massabayeva, MPP degree at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Brian Muhia, self-study related to AI and existential risk and related projects
  • Holly Muir, philosophy master’s program at the University of St. Andrews
  • Paul Reidy, computer science master’s program at Trinity College Dublin and cybersecurity certifications
  • Charlie Rogers-Smith, research at University of Oxford and self-study related to AI alignment
  • Indre Tuminauskaite, master’s degree in cybersecurity at University College London
  • Aimee Watts, Master of Science degree in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford
  • Philine Widmer, research and literature review on political risks related to advances in AI

This falls under our work aimed at growing the community of people working to improve the long-run future.

  • 1. This is an estimate because of uncertainty around tuition costs and currency exchange rates in future years. This number may be updated as costs are finalized.
  • 2. We are still in the process of finalizing scholarship recipients and will update the recipient list below as recipients are confirmed.