Applications have closed. The deadline to apply was Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, midnight GMT.
We'll review your application and conduct interviews between Monday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 16.
Applicants are eligible if they:
No, it costs you nothing to apply – it's 100% free. And our program is 100% free.
Our donors support the fellowship because they expect us to improve the world by helping you solve the world’s most pressing problems.
You are only eligible to apply if you'll spend most of the period of the Fellowship based in the EU or UK. While we're disappointed to not be able to accept applications from more countries, having all Fellows in a similar timezone makes scheduling events much easier.
We empower some of this generation’s sharpest thinkers to use their talents to address vexing social challenges.
We look for applicants who demonstrate:
Yes, for applicants under 18 years of age, you need permission from your legal guardian to apply. If you’re over 18 when you apply, it’s not necessary.
Your project should be designed to directly contribute to solving one of the world's most pressing problems, rather than some other goal (such as getting into university or learning about a new topic). However, we expect that working on an impactful project to frequently contribute to other secondary goals.
It’s up to you to come up with an impactful project that you’re excited about. But our program can help you come up with ideas and shape them into their most impactful form.
Whatever the category, if your project could have a big positive impact on the world, we’re excited to support it. For example, we're excited to support impactful projects that involve:
What project you work on is your decision. However, we hope you'll to make a good faith effort to explore the highest impact projects for you.
Our program is designed to help you work out what you could do to have the biggest impact on the world. If you already know exactly what that is, the program won't be as valuable.
We expect many prize-winners to work on completely different problems and/or with different approaches than what they initially have in mind. This is because changing projects can demonstrate progress towards having more impact, or can help your project show more promise.
We reserve the right to not support any project we think would have a negative impact on the world.
The Fellowship is a 7-week part-time program. The first cohort begins on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023. You'll work on your project and present it at Demo Day on Friday, Apr. 14, 2023.
The Fellowship is a combination of online lessons, calls with your project group (groups of 3-5 students who discuss their projects), and 1:1 calls.
You can complete the independent learning, and 1:1 calls with other fellows at your own pace.
Weekly calls with your project group will mostly occur in weekday evenings after 5pm CET, though the exact times will be determined in the future.
We expect you to dedicate at least 6 hours a week to learning how you can have a large positive impact on the world.
We’re grateful for all the support we receive to enable Non-trivial to fulfill our mission of helping you help the world. Since our founding in 2022, we’ve received over $1 million in donations.
The largest funder of our current work is Open Philanthropy, a major US-based foundation. They support our work because they expect us to improve the world by helping you solve the world’s most pressing problems. Open Philanthropy’s main funders are Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz, a co-founder of Facebook and Asana.
2022 Future Fund Grant
In early 2022, Non-trivial received a $1 million grant from the Future Fund, which was primarily supported by FTX employees. In November 2022, FTX filed for bankruptcy. In light of this situation, Non-trivial ceased spending any Future Fund money until further notice.
Award winners will receive their scholarship funds at the end of successfully completing the fellowship. The scholarship is not contingent on attending university.
Recipients must use the scholarship for the purposes of educational and personal development. This means, for example, purchasing textbooks, courses, technology, tuition, tutoring, or supplementing unpaid internships.
Approximately 40 for our inaugural cohort. We may decide to accept more or less depending on the applications we receive.
It’s up to you!
We have a weekly curriculum of videos and reading, interactive group activities, and advisors available.
But it’s up to you to figure out what you need to learn to plan your impactful project and to increase your impact on the world.
Prizes are awarded based on which projects have made the most progress, show the most promise for impact, and were best presented in their Demo Day presentations.
There are three prizes on offer:
- First place will receive a €2,000 grant award.
- Second place, which will be awarded twice, will receive a €500 grant award.
- Third place, which will be awarded eight times, will receive a €250 grant award.
See our Prize Terms & Conditions
Not for our inaugural cohort, but you can let us know you might be interested in the future.
Email our founder Peter (email@example.com) with your CV/LinkedIn and why you might be interested.
Feedback is crucial to helping us improve – especially critical feedback.
To give us feedback, you can:
Email our founder Peter (firstname.lastname@example.org).