Applications for the 2020 Global Priorities Fellowship are now open

This philosophy and economics fellowship aims to support promising PhD and master’s students in contributing to global priorities research, with a particular focus on issues that are of relevance to improving the wellbeing of future generations over the very long term. Applications are open to full-time graduate students at any stage of their studies, including those starting their programmes in the autumn of 2020. Fellows will receive a stipend of £5,000 and are encouraged to attend the yearly fellows’ event in Oxford, United Kingdom.


Winners of the Undergraduate Thesis Prize

We are pleased to announce that our inaugural undergraduate thesis prize for global priorities research has been awarded to Caroline V. Olsson and Gustav Alexandrie for their thesis “A beef with growth? An empirical analysis of income and animal farming.”

Meet the 2019 Global Priorities Fellows

Meet this year’s Global Priorities Fellows - PhD and master’s students in philosophy and economics researching global priorities.


About the Forethought Foundation


The Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research aims to promote academic work that addresses the question of how to use our scarce resources to improve the world by as much as possible.

We are especially interested in the idea that the primary determinant of the value of our actions today is how those actions influence the very long-run future. We believe that by making the right decisions today, humanity has the opportunity to positively steer civilisation’s trajectory for thousands of years to come.  We are therefore interested in supporting excellent research that:

  • Defends or criticises the idea that we should primarily care about the very long-run impact of our actions.

  • Works out the implications of a long-term view for our decisions today.

  • Is of importance for the long-run future of civilisation, even if the research is not directly about the idea of long-term impact.

The Forethought Foundation is a project of the Centre for Effective Altruism, and works in close collaboration with the Global Priorities Institute at Oxford University.

What Is Global Priorities Research?


Global priorities research is an academic discipline at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and the social sciences. It aims to determine how individuals and institutions should spend their limited resources in order to improve the world by as much as possible.

For more information on global priorities research, see the Global Priorities Institute (GPI) website and the GPI research agenda.

Our Plans


The Forethought Foundation is planning to offer scholarships and fellowships to students in global priorities research, as well as research grants for established scholars.

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