Visiting Fellows

The Visiting Fellows program provides an opportunity for professionals working on our focus areas to connect with leading researchers, exchange ideas, and find collaborators while continuing their work from our offices in Berkeley, CA.

Program details

Constellation brings together individuals and teams from nonprofit organizations, universities, AI companies, think tanks, and governments. Visiting Fellows join Constellation's workspace for 3–6 months, with travel, housing, and office space included.

Visiting Fellows generally join the Constellation workspace for 3–6 months, although timing is flexible. We plan to accept a new cohort of Visiting Fellows each quarter, and applications are open for summer, fall, and winter cohorts. Summer Visiting Fellow applications are due April 30 (or by April 12 if you would like to collaborate with a research advisor), and our summer cohort will begin July 1.

Applicants should be working full-time on one of our focus areas or something related. If you are uncertain about your fit, we encourage you to err on the side of applying.

What we provide

We’ll provide opportunities to connect and share ideas with over 100 researchers and staff working on the focus areas. We reimburse travel to and from Berkeley and provide or pay for housing for the duration of the program. Residents will have 24/7 access to Constellation’s shared workspace. Lunch and dinner are provided at the workspace each weekday.

Application process

Apply by April 30 for our summer cohort, starting July 1.

If you are interested in collaborating with Owain Evans, Ethan Perez, or Buck Shlegeris, please indicate this on your application and submit it by April 12. We are also accepting applications for our fall and winter cohorts.

We aim to make final decisions by mid May.

Program details

We will provide housing and transportation within Berkeley for the duration of the program. Additionally, we recommended Astra invitees to AI Safety Support (an Australian charity) for independent research grants and they have decided to provide grants of $15k for 10 weeks of independent research to accepted Astra applicants in support of their AI Safety research.

Fellows will conduct research from Constellation’s shared office space, and lunch and dinner will be provided daily. Individual advisors will choose when and how to interact with their fellows, but most advisors will work out of the Constellation office frequently. There will be regular invited talks from senior researchers, social events with Constellation members, and opportunities to receive feedback on research. Before the program begins, we may also provide tutorial support to fellows interested in going through Constellation and Redwood Research’s MLAB curriculum.

We expect to inform all applicants whether they have progressed to the second round of applications within a week of them applying, and to make final decisions by December 1, 2023. For more details on the application process, see the FAQ below. The deadline to apply has passed.

Testimonials

“Having research chats with people I met at Constellation has given rise to new research directions I hadn't previously considered, like model organisms. Talking with people at Constellation is how I decided that existential risk from AI is non-trivial, after having many back and forth conversations with people in the office. These updates have had large ramifications for how I’ve done my research, and significantly increased the impact of my research.”

Ethan Perez

Research Lead, Anthropic

"Speaking with AI safety researchers in Constellation was an essential part of how I formed my views on AI threat models and AI safety research prioritization. It also gave me access to a researcher network that I've found very valuable for my career.”

Sam Marks

Postdoc, David Bau's Interpretable Neural Networks Lab

“I worked from Constellation for a bit over a week this summer, and can highly recommend it! The main value add was chatting with (and listening in on lunchtime chats between) many top AI safety researchers, and learning what people are working on and thinking about in a way that isn't possible by reading their work online. I was really productive during my time there.”

Dmitrii Krasheninnikov

PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge

FAQ

If your question isn't answered here, please reach out to programs@constellation.org

How is the Visiting Fellow program different from the Constellation Residency?
Can I apply to both the Visiting Fellow program and the Constellation Residency?
Who is eligible to apply?    
What if my current work doesn’t fall under one of Constellation’s focus areas?
What is the day-to-day experience like for a Visiting Fellow?
What if I’m not available to begin on July 1, 2024, or if I need to leave the program early?
Will I receive any compensation for participating in the program?
Why is Constellation running this program?
Can I refer someone?