Summer & Winter Fellowships
Summer and Winter Fellowships provide an opportunity for early-career individuals to spend three months working on an AI governance research project, learning about the field, and making connections with other researchers and practitioners. We are looking for candidates who are strongly considering using their careers to study or shape the long-term implications of AI.
Applications for the 2023 Summer Fellowship are now closed.
About the Team
GovAI’s mission is to help humanity navigate the transition to a world with advanced AI. Our world-class research has helped shape the nascent field of AI governance. Our team and affiliate community possess expertise in a wide variety of domains, including US-China relations, arms race dynamics, EU policy, and AI progress forecasting.
We are looking for early-career individuals to join our team for three months and learn about the field of AI governance while making connections with other researchers and practitioners. This opportunity will be a particularly good fit for individuals who are excited to use their careers to shape the long-term implications of AI.
About the Fellowship
Summer and Winter Fellows join GovAI to conduct independent research on a topic of their choice, with mentorship from leading experts in the field of AI governance. Fellows will also join a series of Q&A sessions with AI governance experts, research seminars, and researcher work-in-progress meetings. Each Fellow will be paired with a primary mentor from the GovAI team and a secondary mentor (typically from our affiliate and alumni network) with relevant interests and expertise.
You can read about the topics our previous cohort of Summer Fellows worked on here.
Past Fellows have gone on to work on AI governance full-time at organisations including GovAI, OpenAI, the AI Now Institute, and Open Philanthropy. Others have gone on to build relevant expertise at leading universities such as MIT, Stanford University, University College London, and the University of Oxford.
2023 Summer Fellowship Cohort
As a Fellow, you will spend the first week or two of the fellowship exploring research topic options before settling on a research proposal with input from your mentors and Ben, GovAI’s Director. You can read this research agenda for a non-comprehensive overview of relevant research areas and questions.
Emma, GovAI’s Research Manager, will support you in deciding what project and output will be most valuable for you to work towards, for example, publishing a report, journal article, or blog post. You will also take time to explore the wider AI governance space and discuss follow-on career opportunities in the field of AI governance with Sam, GovAI’s Strategy Manager.
Qualifications and Selection Criteria
We strongly encourage you to apply if you have an interest in our work and are considering using your career to study or shape the long-term implications of advanced AI.
Given the multidisciplinary nature of our work, we are interested in candidates from a broad set of disciplines including political science, public policy, history, economics, sociology, law, philosophy, and computer science. There are no specific educational requirements for the role, although we expect that the most promising candidates will typically have relevant graduate study or research experience in related areas.
When assessing applications, we will be looking for candidates who have the following strengths or show positive signs of being able to develop them:
Quality of work: The ability to produce clearly written, insightful, and even-handed research. We are particularly excited about strong reasoning ability and clear and concise writing.
Relevant expertise: Skills or knowledge that are likely to be helpful for work on AI governance. We think that relevant expertise can take many different forms. Note that we also do not have any strict degree requirements.
Judgement: The ability to prioritise between different research directions, and good intuitions about the feasibility of different research directions.
Team Fit: Openness to feedback, commitment to intellectual honesty and rigour, comfort in expressing uncertainty, and a serious interest in using your career to contribute to AI governance.
Salary, duration, and location
Summer and Winter Fellowships last for three months, and Fellows will receive a stipend of between £9,000 and £12,000 to cover accommodation and travel costs. This is intended to be a full-time and in-person role, based in Oxford, UK. However, we will also consider exceptional candidates who are only able to join for a shorter length of time or engage in part-time or remote work. We are able to sponsor Skilled Worker Visas. For successful applicants who require a visa, note that you may need to remain in your country of visa application for some time while the visa application is underway.
Summer Fellows will join for three months, between June and September. In exceptional cases, fellows may join us off-season. Please feel free to reach out if you would not be able to join during a standard visiting period.
How to apply and what to expect
The applications for the 2023 Summer Fellowship are now closed.
The application process consists of a written submission in the first round, a remote work test in the second round, and an interview in the final round. The first page of the application form contains a description of the materials required for the first round. We expect to reach out to Summer Fellowship candidates for paid work tests in February, offer interviews in March, and communicate final decisions to candidates in April 2023. Please feel free to reach out if you would need a decision communicated earlier than the standard timeline, or have questions about the application process.
We accept applications from anywhere in the world. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion, and we encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We especially encourage applications from women, gender minorities, and people of colour who are excited about contributing to our mission. We are an equal opportunity employer. If you are concerned that you’re not the right fit but have a strong interest in the Fellowship, we encourage you to apply anyway.