The Yale Effective Altruism Fellowship is an intensive and rewarding semester-long program for students to deeply engage with ideas & strategies for effectively improving the world. Fellows will combine the head and the heart, as they apply rigour & rationality to questions regarding morality & altruism. We are looking for students who will not be content with doing some good, and instead have the ambition and drive to do the most good they can.

Yale is a hub for intelligent, motivated, and compassionate individuals. As Yale students, we are tremendously well-placed to act on our good intentions and the goal of this Fellowship is to help prepare students to maximise their positive impact in the future.


What does the Fellowship consist of?

We are eager to provide an engaging, valuable, personalized and enjoyable experience for each of our selected Fellows. For that reason, the Fellowship has evolved with each new cohort and we hope this semester will be our best yet. Fellows will still be invited to exclusive dinners with prominent Professors, as in previous iterations, and this semester’s cohort of Fellows will gain the following added benefits:

  • Determine where to allocate $3,000 in donations through the Impact Challenge (generously funded by the Centre For Effective Altruism)
  • Participate in an intensive Introductory Workshop
  • Confront moral questions - both philosophical and practical - in weekly Fellows’ Dinners
  • Have a direct impact through fundraising and advocacy
  • Benefit from individual 1-on-1 mentorship and career-planning
  • Gain access to exclusive meals with guest speakers & Professors, such as Professor Molly Crockett, Professor Mushfiq Mobarak, and Professor Shelly Kagan
  • Join a dedicated and passionate community

Many graduating fellows go on to join the Yale Effective Altruism board, helping to organize events and activities for our members and for the wider Yale community.

In order to get the most out of this program, Yale Effective Altruism Fellows will be:

  • Passionate about helping others
  • Driven to do as much good as they can
  • Excited to dedicate their career to doing good and/or to donate a portion of their income to charity
  • Open-minded and flexible, eager to update their beliefs in response to persuasive evidence
  • Willing and able to commit ~3-4 hours per week for the Fall '18 semester, including weekly dinners, 6:30-7:30pm

What is the application process?

To be considered for the Fellowship, submit this application form by 11:59pm, Friday, September 7, 2018.

  • Round 1: fill out the application form. We will let you know by Monday, September 10 whether you will proceed to Round 2.
  • Round 2: complete a short reading, and attend an interview with a member of our leadership team in which you will discuss your thoughts on the assigned reading. The interviews will take place on September 11 and 12. We will let you know by September 14 whether you have been accepted to the Fellowship program.
  • Accepted Fellows will meet for the first time on the evening of Wednesday, September 19.

We are committed to building a diverse cohort of Fellows. There is some evidence suggesting that underprivileged individuals tend to underestimate their abilities. We do not want the application process to dissuade potential candidates and we strongly encourage interested students to apply regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, etc. We also encourage both undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as individuals from all intellectual backgrounds and majors to apply.

Former Fellows may apply to the new YEA Fellowship, with the understanding that we will decide on a case-by-case basis whether it is a good fit.  

While we unfortunately will not have the capacity to admit every student who applies this semester, there will be another round of applications in the Spring.

We look forward to reading your application!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to

In addition to the Yale Effective Altruism Fellowship, we also host a range of events and activities for the wider Effective Altruism community at Yale, in which you would be more than welcome to participate:

  • Regular Social Dinners, Events & Activities
  • Weekly Advanced Discussion Group
  • Career Workshops
  • Skill-building workshops (e.g. Rationality, EA Concepts, Financial Planning for Long-Term Donors etc.)
  • Community Retreats
  • A Speaker Series

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Spring 2018 Fellows

  • Louis Brown, Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (Math)
  • Ram Vishwanathan, Yale College 2021
  • Jilly Mehlman, Yale College 2021
  • Lauren Singer, Yale College 2021
  • Allison Du, Yale College 2020
  • Rohan Subramanian, Yale College 2021
  • Andy Parker, Yale College 2020
  • Lillian Hua, Yale College 2021
  • Daniel Zhao, Yale College 2021
  • Michael Doppelt, Yale College 2020
  • Araceli Lopez, Yale College 2021
  • Zachary Black, Yale College 2021
  • Olivia Sanchez, Yale School of Management/Yale School of Forestry 2018
  • Shivam Sarodia, Yale College 2019
  • Trini Kechkian, Yale College 2021
  • Finley Doyle, Yale College 2020
  • Sooyong Kwon, Yale College 2021