AI Safety Support (AISS) was established to fill the gaps in that AI Safety career pipeline. We aim to provide operational support to early career and transitioning researchers, so they can engage with the community and test their career fitness. Broadly we just want to help reduce friction and enable people to do the things they are trying to achieve.
As a part of this, we have spoken to a number of people who want some mentorship and others who are interested in mentoring. So, we are experimenting with a new mentorship program to try to bring these people together. Mentors and mentees can respectively offer and ask for anything they like so this works best if we have more people to match.
We are looking for people willing and able to help us experiment with this. We will match people, then monitor what is and isn't working and feed this back to everyone to continually improve.
As a rule of thumb, if you are at least a 3rd year PhD student, or an independent researcher with a few publications, then you can be a mentor. You might not think you are very senior, but remember that AI Safety is a very new field, so you are already more senior than most.
We have no rules for who can be a mentee. The more experience you have, the harder it will be for us to find a mentor who knows more than you, but whoever you are, we’ll try to find someone to help you. However, try to be as specific as you can about what you want to get out of the mentorship. For example, maybe you have a research project in mind that you want to do?
You can sign up for both!
Signup deadline for the first round is November 30th. We will contact everyone and pair you up during December, so expect the actual mentoring to start no earlier than January.
When or if we do a second round depends on the interest we get in the first round, both from mentors and mentees.