Atlas Fellowship
India

A ₹ 10 Lakh scholarship for India's brightest minds who want to understand how the world really works.

What we're all about

Each year we empower 100+ fellows with a $50,000 scholarship, a summer program, and funding and support for their projects.

Do you want to spend time building things that will shape the world? Great. So do we.

Not only do we want to support your efforts financially, Atlas will help you develop the thought frameworks and network you'll need to increase your impact.

What we're all about

We designed this fellowship to supercharge talented young people who want to alter the trajectory of humanity for the better.

Young people’s energy, imagination, and time are some of the world’s most under-utilized resources.

Do you want to spend time building things that will shape the world? We want to fund you and your projects.

What

Fellows (up to 50 students) receive: 
₹ 10 Lakh scholarship
A completely free 11-day program in Oxford, United Kingdom from 22 October—1 November, 2022 (including travel, visas, housing, food, and all other related expenses)

Finalists (up to 200 students) receive: 
₹ 40,000 scholarship

Who

Class IX, X, XI, XII studying/passed students in India. Students who did well in competitive exams and olympiads are highly encouraged to apply. If you come from a nontraditional background and/or haven’t taken exams, please still apply—especially if you've built impressive projects before or have deep knowledge in an intellectual field.

When

We have four summer sessions available for Atlas Fellows: June 12–23, July 3–14, July 17–28, and August 14–25, 2022.

Summer 2022

Where

Our summer program is hosted at Piedmont Commons, located right next to UC Berkeley.

Berkeley, California

Apply

Complete a three-round application process consisting of a preliminary application, a written application, and two interviews. The entire application takes 4-5 hours. There are no essays, and previous applicants said they learned about interesting ideas during it.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The earlier you apply, the more time you have for the later stages of the application, and the earlier you can be selected as a Fellow.

The application deadline for 2022 has passed.

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What we're all about

If you nominate someone who applies and gets selected as an Atlas India Fellow (and they haven’t previously started an application), you’ll receive ₹ 10,000.

Nominate before 21 Aug, 2022. You can nominate as many students as you like! If a Fellow is nominated multiple times, the first nominator will get the bounty.
Our Mission

Give talented students tools to engage with our changing world.

There will be many big changes in the world over the next 50 years, caused by transformative technologies and changes to geopolitics and culture.

The Atlas Fellowship wants to help smart, thoughtful students be aware of big, global changes, think about them clearly, and act on their beliefs. We think one of the best ways to learn is by building things, breaking things, and poking the world to see what it does—which is why we provide the funding, mentorship, and teammates students need to do so.
Our History

The Atlas Fellowship is one of the world’s largest scholarships for students interested in science, philosophy, and the future.

Our team has run numerous programs for students around the world—including four 11-day international Atlas Fellowship programs this summer for ~120 Atlas Fellows from 18 countries at our venue in Berkeley, CA.

We have received $10 million USD from Open Philanthropy and the Future Fund to run the Atlas Fellowship in 2022.
What we're all about

Understand the forces that shape the world.
Don't just memorize a collection of facts—we want you to have the ability to confront tangled data and draw your own conclusions from it.

The Atlas Fellowship’s unique emphasis on casual discussion and individual thinking was at once invigorating, exhilarating, and inspiring. The fascinating concepts I learned and debated with my peers in this community led me on pathways to the impact that I’ve always wanted to make.

Jamie (17)
Atlas Fellow 2022

The Atlas Fellowship’s unique emphasis on casual discussion and individual thinking was at once invigorating, exhilarating, and inspiring. The fascinating concepts I learned and debated with my peers in this community led me on pathways to the impact that I’ve always wanted to make.

Jamie Kim (17)
Atlas Fellow 2022
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We can make a larger impact together than we can alone.

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Get Supercharged

Fellowship Award

We want Atlas Fellows to have access to the resources they need to think clearly about the world and achieve their goals. For example, crafting more thoughtful college and career plans, launching personal projects and startups, and learning things that aren’t taught in school.
₹ 10 Lakh Scholarship

Receive a ₹ 10 Lakh scholarship for use on education and professional development-related expenses such as college tuition.

11-day Program in Oxford, United Kingdom

Participate in an 11-day program in Oxford, UK, with other Atlas India Fellows. The program runs from 22 October–1 November, 2022. Food, housing, transportation, visas, and all other costs to participate will be covered.

Atlas Fund

Access a $1 million USD fund that offers fast grants* to help Fellows learn, experiment, and launch new and innovative projects.

* We may decline to make an award if we are not able to comply with local laws. Specifically, non-scholarship grants to India may not be possible due to the FCRA.

College Preparation

Receive support on the college admissions process (if applying to foreign universities), and support on how to make the most of college when it comes to clubs, internship, research, and work experiences, gap years, etc.

Career Guidance

Work with experienced mentors who will help you identify ambitious, impactful work and internship opportunities that are a good fit for your skills and interests.

Online Community

Interact with an online community of other Atlas Fellows from around the world, including previous Fellows from other application rounds.

When

We have four summer sessions available for Atlas Fellows: June 12–23, July 3–14, July 17–28, and August 14–25, 2022.

Summer 2022

Where

Our summer program is hosted at Piedmont Commons, located right next to UC Berkeley.

Berkeley, California

Atlas Library

Receive free hardcopy books from our library, covering topics from math and science to how to make better decisions to the history and future of humankind.

The Process

Application Timeline

22 Aug
Stage 1: Preliminary Application

Time Commitment: 90 minutes

Applicants will know if they’ve proceeded to Stage 2 within five days after submitting. We recommend completing Stage 1 earlier, leaving more time for Stage 2.

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31 Aug
Stage 2: Written Application

Time Commitment: 90 minutes

The Stage 2 application gives you a taste of the intellectual content at Atlas. If you enjoy thinking about the questions and concepts in the application, you will probably enjoy our Oxford program.

6-9 Sep
Stage 3: Interviews

Time Commitment: 90 minutes

Selected students will participate in a 30 minute individual interview and 60 minute group interview conducted online between 6-9 Sep. Applicants will be able to select a time slot that works best for them. No preparation is needed.

15 Sep
Fellows Selected

15 September, 2022

All applicants will be notified of their application status. Fellows will receive instructions on how to sign up for the Oxford program and claim their ₹ 10 Lakh scholarship.

Aspiring Geneticist
Drone Mapping Expert
Debate Champion
Aspiring Geneticist
Award-winning Creative Writer
former program participant
Ocean Conservationist
AI and ML Enthusiast
Award-winning Creative Writer
Healthcare advocate
Proud program participant
Youth Coordinator
Policy Researcher
Healthcare advocate
High school student with nice things to say about the Atlas Fellowship

Atlas gave me a valuable community, novel ideas, and opportunities I never knew existed—and I think it's safe to say that those ten days changed my life's trajectory more than any other.

Samuel Cottrell
Summer Program Beta Tester
Who we're looking for

Competitive Candidates

We expect that students who possess some of the traits and inclinations below or are determined to develop them will be great fits for the Atlas Scholarship. A good applicant probably possesses at least three of these traits, though there are sure to be plenty of exceptions. These are merely guidelines.

Exceptional intellectual ability

Indicators of this include working on a passion project that displays deep knowledge of a field, conducting original research, exceptional competitive exam performance (JEE-Mains AIR Top 1000, KVPY Top 500, NTSE Stage 2, representing India in olympiads, or similar), or achievements in competitions at the national level.

Agency

When faced with a challenge, do you invent and pursue their own solutions without being prompted or told to do so? Have you worked on ambitious projects on your own?

Carefully thinks through their values and actions

When asked to make important decisions, do you think through the precise reasons behind their decisions? Do you optimize for important goals by making a plan and considering many options? When shown a better way to do a difficult task, do you adopt the new method?

An affinity for truth

Do you seek out ideas that challenge your opinions? If you find evidence that contradicts your opinions, do you eagerly change your mind? Do you enjoy learning and exploring?

Intellectual curiosity

Do you have a keep knowledge of plants, or the customs of medieval Chinese peasants, or statistical mechanics? Do you wonder what keeps us from falling through the floor, or why plants are green as opposed to red or black, or why the Enlightenment didn't happen thousands of years sooner?

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Who we're looking for

Competitive Candidates

Exceptionally strong intellectual ability

Indicators of this include test scores (JEE-Mains AIR Top 1000), achievements in competitions at the national level, conducting original research, or working on a passion project that displays deep knowledge of a field.

Agency

When faced with a challenge, does the student invent and pursue their own solutions without being prompted or told to do so? Have they worked on ambitious projects on their own?

Carefully thinks through their values and actions

When asked to make important decisions, does the student think through the precise reasons behind their decisions? Do they optimize for important goals by making a plan and considering many options? When shown a better way to do a difficult task, do they adopt the new method?

An affinity for truth

Does the student seek out ideas that challenge their opinions? If they find evidence that contradicts your opinions, do they eagerly change your mind? Do they enjoy learning and exploring?

Takes ideas seriously

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Interest in rationality and cognition

Does the student demonstrate a desire to improve their thinking? Do they enjoy talking about cognitive biases, or reading about psychology, economics, AI, cognitive science, philosophy, or a related subject?

Anjana Goli (14)
Testimonial from Uncommon Sense
- a program the Atlas Fellowship team ran in Summer 2021
“a life-changing experience...”

Uncommon Sense allowed me to explore and understand topics that I had never encountered before and talk to experts in the field. More importantly, I was able to connect with a community of peers who were also curious about science, philosophy, the future, and how we can do the most good in the world.

Oam Patel (18)
Testimonial from Uncommon Sense
- a program the Atlas Fellowship team ran in Summer 2021
“one of the highest expected value weeks of my life”

In terms of rationality content alone, Uncommon Sense was one of the highest expected value weeks of my life. I met a fascinating group of talented people doing unusually useful things.

There were workshops on useful concepts, talks from highly impactful people, and it all took place with a cohort of extremely interesting peers who I’m still in contact with to this day.

Sanat Singhal (18)
Testimonial from Uncommon Sense
- a program the Atlas Fellowship team ran in Summer 2021
“allowed me to update long-held beliefs...”

Uncommon Sense might have single-handedly accelerated my life's trajectory by years. Throughout the camp, I was exposed to mental models like Fermi Estimates, Bayes theorem, and Goodhart's Law that made me a better thinker. Almost every conversation I had, whether at the beach or over dinner, gave me a fresh perspective and allowed me to update long-held beliefs. Moreover, many campmates have become amazing friends who I still keep in touch with!

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Our Mission

The program is designed to support talented young people who want to alter the trajectory of humanity for the better.

Atlas Fellowship winners access a range of benefits that help accelerate their path towards impact. We aim to provide top-tier, personalized support to winners in college and beyond.

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