Foresight Fellowship

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Congratulations to our 2017 inaugural class of Foresight Fellows!

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The Foresight Fellowship is an exclusive one year supportive program committed to giving change-makers the support and mentorship to accelerate their bold ideas into the future. 

We invite people who care about improving the state of the world and have the courage to follow their own path. We encourage those who are working on technologies that have massive potential for the future - Especially if this technology is relatively undervalued in the media, and not blindly followed by the hype.

Our mission is to catalyze collaboration among leading young scientists, engineers, and innovators who are working on emerging new technologies that have the power to transform society. Since 1993 Foresight Institute has been rewarding those who are making strides in the field of Nanotechnology with the Feynman Prize. In 2016, one of our former Feynman Prize winners, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work with molecular machines. Foresight Institute recognizes that providing a strong network and knowledge base for new fellows to access will accelerate their missions and reflect our goals to further support those making important strides in a variety of fields.

While working full-time in their field, fellows can participate in scheduled events in the San Francisco Bay Area, or join us online for meetings that will inform, inspire and support their goals. During the 1 year program, Fellows will be invited to engage in events, connect to fellows and mentors, and increase their skills to succeed with their endeavors. 



Is there a fee?

No. Applying and participating is 100% free of charge. We do, however, ask for your commitment to engage with the community and attend at least one event in the San Francisco Bay Area.


What is the program?

During the one year program, Fellows will be invited to curated monthly gatherings, workshops, and virtual meetings with the cohort, mentors, and the Foresight network. Fellows will also be invited to Foresight Institute's Vision weekend in July 28-30 2017, which is an exclusive 3 day retreat involving the larger community, activities and guest speakers. In addition to that, fellows will be given exposure with features on our website, newsletter, and opportunities for public speaking.

What is the selection process?
Selection happens in multiple steps. First your register to apply, or you’re registered by someone else (through nomination). The deadline for that is January 15 at 11:59pm. We will go through several rounds of vetting, and will reach out to you when we have a decision.

Why are you doing this?

We believe that the most powerful innovation happens when brilliant individuals are connected to a nurturing ecosystem. The fellowship is intended to find these individuals, wherever they are, and bring them into the Foresight community to help them thrive with their work.

Are fellows taking the Foresight Pledge?

Yes, every fellow needs to affirm that technology should serve us to live more capably, healthy, and free. By becoming a Foresight Institute member, they pledge to support the development of breakthrough technologies for the benefit of life.

Are you looking for specific technology areas?

The field of nanotechnology is pretty interesting to us and we expect to support at least a few people working in atomic precision technologies. That said, we consider everything that has the potential to dramatically change the way we live; that is artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and other transformative technologies.

How many fellows will there be?

In the first year, we’re planning a class of ~10 fellows.

Where are you based?

Foresight Institute is based in the Palo Alto area.

How did the Fellowship get started?

Julia Bossmann first proposed it in 2015 when she was appointed as president at Foresight Institute.

Are there any age requirements, or other requirements?

Nope! Anyone can apply, regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, geographic location, or other things that determine their identity.

How can I ask more questions?

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