The Research Scholars Program (RSP) is a faculty development program designed to help IARSA and non IARSA members interested in enhancing their academic credentials to develop research skills and to plan, implement, and write-up a research project. The mission of the RSP IARSA Research Scholars Program is to assist researchers in all areas of human endeavors in developing themselves as fulfilled faculty members engaged in important and exciting research and to increase the quality and breadth of education research.
The RSP is a three-day faculty development program designed to help researchers interested in enhancing their research credentials and skills; to plan, implement, and write-up a research project. The RSP assists researchers in developing themselves as fulfilled faculty members engaged in important and exciting research
The Research Scholars Program aims to foster this skill of choosing actions for their all-things-considered effects, and give people space to exercise it. We give scholars tools for thinking about the long-term impact of research and other activities. In most cases we foresee participants coming out of the program with views on topics such as: what the future might look like at timescales of tens, thousands, or billions of years; what the largest determinants of different possible futures are; which technologies are most likely to be transformative at a timescale of decades; what the largest levers in the world are for affecting these.
We encourage participants to explore different research ideas they have, and practice making judgments about what to pursue. (This need not be macrostrategy research; the idea rather is that the choices are macrostrategy-driven, i.e. informed by thinking about long-term consequences first. We think research in any of the other areas studied at IARSA can fall within this category, as well as some other topics.). We support scholars with mentorship and the best other feedback loops we can construct, and a collaborative, curious working environment to encourage exploration and the challenging of ideas.
This is a unique opportunity for people who intend to soon assume research and research-adjacent positions critical to addressing the world’s most pressing problems.
In particular, we expect that you will get a lot out of the program if you:
On the other hand we don’t expect this to be right for everyone interested in impact-driven research. In particular this might not be the right fit for you if:
People in the program may work on topics in IARSA research areas, including global priorities research, AI strategy, AI safety, and reducing catastrophic risks from biotechnology. We hope that many will go on to careers working in or adjacent to these areas, either directly pursuing or otherwise facilitating research. Direct research roles are a natural next step, but we believe that many important roles (such as working in community-building or grant-making) are helped by a good understanding of important research directions.
Research scholars, early career researchers, Research Fellows, junior faculty, and mid-career faculty in all disciplines who want to increase their research skills, experience a mentored research project, and/or who are trying to define an academic focus in their careers.
Additional service: Personalized guidance for the application of scenario building method to your research
There are costs associated with running these courses such as trainer, facility, refreshment and administrative costs; however, if you are eligible to attend the workshop, you are to pay $400USD only.
Please do get in touch if you would like other types of development opportunities – if you need something, it is very likely there are others in the University who need it too, and we will try and source the training internally or externally. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org