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The Apart Lab
Research Accelerator

Apart Lab is a research accelerator for ambitious and enthusiastic individuals across the world to speed up their impact in technical AI safety with senior advising, project management, and a highly collaborative environment.

Testimonials

Apart Lab Fellowship Experiences

Alex Foote

Julia Persson

Albert Garde

Michael Lan

Jord Nguyen

Apart Lab Fellow
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I’d recommend the Apart Lab Fellowship for anyone looking to break into the research community and work on the pressing problems in AI Safety today.
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Clement Neo
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Like lots (most?) people at Apart Lab, I'm trying to transition from one career to another in AI Safety. There is no well-trodden "best" path so an organisation like Apart Lab which is willing to help individuals for free is a god send. If (when!) I land a job in AI Safety it will be because of Apart Lab's help. It's a great organisation.
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Philip Quirke
Program overview

3-6 Months of Part-Time Research

3 days
1

Sprint

Join our research sprints and create MVPs for research projects within evals, governance and interpretability to be invited for the Apart Lab program.

2 weeks
2

Selection

Projects are selected in collaboration with our senior mentors. You will receive an invitation if a new cohort is starting and your project looks promising.

1 meeting
3

Project kickoff meeting

During a meeting with one of the mentors, we decide the deadlines and first steps towards realizing your project!

2-4 weeks
4

Leg 1

The first two weeks of research are part of a trial period to see if your team's fit to the project makes sense. At the end of this stage, you have an outline of the research question and methodology.

2-4 weeks
5

Leg 2

In this stage, you make the first draft ready for review by other Lab members. Here, we consider how to make the research have real-world impact with you.

2-4 weeks
6

Leg 3

After this step, the draft is sent to a senior mentor, e.g. potential co-authors within alignment or internal senior mentorship.

2-4 weeks
7

Leg 4

Given the feedback from the last step, update the paper and get it into a submission-ready format.

1-2 months
8

Reviewer period

Submit and (possibly) get your paper accepted after peer review! If not, we update the research and submit it to other conferences.

Alumnus
9

Follow-up research

Get unique chances to join new research and build upon your existing research. Share your paper in talks and blog posts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know about Apart Lab

What is the goal of the Apart Lab fellowship?

The fellowship aims to foster innovation in AI safety, build the fellows’ research skills, and prepare fellows for impactful roles in AI safety in academia or industry.

What are typical outcomes from the Apart Lab fellowship?

The typical primary research outcome is a published peer-reviewed paper. Depending on the project’s nature, the primary outcome may also be research software or a product prototype. Secondary outcomes could additionally include conference presentations, blog posts or other kinds of outreach or publication.

What are some examples of different types of outcomes?

How long does the Apart Lab fellowship take?

The fellowship aims for efficiency and timeliness, but the exact duration will depend on capacity of the involved team members and difficulty of the research project. We aim to complete the project (typically, with a publication-ready draft) within three to six months.

What type of support does the fellowship offer?

Support includes mentorship from experienced researchers, research project management, access to resources like GPUs, and a collaborative research environment with a cohort of like-minded Apart Lab fellows.

What does mentorship look like at Apart Lab?

The mentorship includes research guidance from experienced AI safety researchers, as well as support via research project management. Mentorship and  project management happen via regular meetings with the whole project team, as well as in a 1-1 setting on demand.

Who are the mentors in this program?

The mentors at Apart Lab are experienced researchers and professionals in the field of AI safety and related areas. Read more about our mentors here. Apart Lab also maintains connections with external researchers to provide additional feedback to our Apart Lab fellows.

Can the fellowship be completed remotely?

Yes, the fellowship is designed to be completed remotely and independently of time zones, offering flexibility and accessibility to participants globally.

Is there an option for in-person collaboration?

The fellowship primarily operates remotely, but there may be opportunities for in-person collaboration depending on the project and location. Please approach us individually about this so we can discuss the options.

What is the expected weekly time commitment?

The weekly time commitment is flexible but must allow meaningful progress on the research project, meaning typically at least 10 hours per week.

Will Apart Lab fellows be lead authors on their papers?

The research projects will be owned by Apart Lab fellows who will become the lead authors on resulting publications. As usual in academia, first authorship and coauthorship will be shared with anyone substantially involved in the research process depending on their contributions.

Can fellows co-author with external researchers in the field?

Yes, Apart Lab supports collaboration and co-authoring with external researchers, subject to the relevance and alignment with the research project.

Are stipends or other forms of financial support available?

We are currently applying for funding to support fellows with stipends bound to project deliverables; however, we do not have funding confirmed for this at the moment so cannot make any promises. As part of our mentorship, we will offer support for fellows to apply to outside funding sources wherever possible.

Will participants receive credentials for their fellowship involvement?

Participants will receive recognition for their involvement primarily via authorship on any publications. We also provide graduates of the Apart Lab fellowship with certificates of completion.

What are the primary research areas of the fellowship?

Research at Apart Lab focuses on core topics within AI safety, including model evaluations, model interpretability, multi-agent systems, and AI governance.

How does Apart Lab communicate and collaborate?

Communication and collaboration at Apart Lab happen asynchronously via Discord and other remote collaboration tools, as well as via regular (online) meetings within the project team, within the whole lab cohort and in 1-1 settings with mentors and team members.

How does project team collaboration work?

Apart Lab helps setting up teams for efficient collaboration, with clear roles and responsibilities, owned and driven by the lab fellows themselves but with support and guidance from Apart Lab mentors.

How is project progress monitored and evaluated?

Progress is monitored through written updates and regular check-ins, project milestones, and feedback sessions.

How is feedback provided?

Feedback at Apart Lab happens in meetings with Apart Lab mentors as well as peer-to-peer within the project teams and the lab cohort.

How can I apply to the Apart Lab fellowship?

There is no application. To join the fellowship, join one of our Apart Sprints. We invite the most promising teams to join the fellowship.

Who can join the Apart Lab fellowship?

The fellowship is open to individuals with a strong interest in AI safety research and the required skills, as demonstrated during one of our Apart Sprints. No formal credentials are required.

What are the diversity and inclusion policies?

Apart Lab’s explicit goal is to allow everyone across the globe to participate in AI safety research according to their capabilities. If you feel uneasy about joining Apart Lab because you feel you might not fit in, please get in touch at contact@apartresearch.com so we can figure out how to best support you.

Are there networking opportunities with experts and peers?

Yes, the fellowship provides networking opportunities through team collaboration on research projects, mentoring with senior researchers, and events and interactions with the wider Apart Lab community.