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Atlas Fellowship

Our History

The Atlas Fellowship evolved out of a program called Uncommon Sense, which had a focus similar to the Atlas summer program and proved impactful for its participants. Sydney Von Arx, one of the co-founders of Uncommon Sense, partnered with Ashley Lin and Jonas Vollmer to found the Atlas Fellowship to vastly expand the scale and scope of that program—starting the Atlas Fellowship in 2022.

The Atlas Fellowship is a 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States (EIN 88-1678673). It is funded by Open Philanthropy and the Future Fund, and we expect further funders to join them. If you are interested in supporting us, or if you have any questions about your donation, please contact us at
Our Team


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Ashley Lin

Ashley Lin founded a nonprofit that brought online cultural exchange to >1,000 students in 35+ countries and wrote a book on community building.

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Sydney Von Arx

Sydney Von Arx founded a coding bootcamp for kids and set up a summer program that teaches high school students quantitative reasoning.

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Jonas Vollmer

Jonas Vollmer oversaw over $20 million in grants to high-impact projects. He previously co-founded and led an AI risk research non-profit with 20 full-time staff.

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