Intro to AI Safety Fellowship


The Intro to AI Safety Fellowship is a 6 week, quarter-long course which explores the impact of increasingly powerful AI systems on society, explains the problems which the AI safety field is currently working on, and goes over active areas of research.

The program consists of a series of video and reading lessons which are accompanied by weekly, collective meetings that expand on the topics covered in the lessons. You can expect to learn from many prevailing sources in the field which will help you develop a solid research agenda that you may work towards in the following quarters.

Curriculum Options

Since Fall 2023, we have started offering multiple tracks for our intro fellowshups. Click on the links below to explore each tracks’ associated curricula:

  • Reinforcement Learning: Create an agent that learns to play connect four.
  • Transformers: Understand language models and build GPT-2 from the ground up.
  • Diffusion: Build your own text-to-image generation model like Stable Diffusion.
  • Computer Vision: Design models to analyze images for object recognition and classification, recommended for those with little-to-no machine learning experience.


We’re looking for students who meet any of the following requirements:

  • Have taken CS 31 or an equivalent class OR
  • Have worked on a Python project OR
  • Have strong skills in another programming language
  • Additionally, a basic understanding of machine learning fundamentals and familiarity with contemporary AI research would provide a good baseline for the course’s content.


Applications are open for Spring Quarter 2024!

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 10 at 11:59 PM.

Apply here

Alignment Research Teams (ART)

ART is our new initiative for real-world AI safety research. We will be forming small groups of AI Safety at UCLA fellows with organizers on an approved alignment or ethics-related AI project. Please note that this should and will be an intensive project, so expect to spend 3+ hours a week.


Applications are open for Spring Quarter 2024!

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 10 at 11:59 PM.

Apply Here


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