OpenAI Residency

Our 6-month program is a bridge for brilliant technical researchers from diverse fields to transition into AI.

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About the program

OpenAI Residency is designed to help bridge the knowledge gap for exceptional researchers and engineers in other fields to gain the critical skills and knowledge to transition their careers into the AI & ML space.

This program is an excellent way for people who are curious, passionate, and skilled to sharpen their focus on AI and machine learning—and to help us invent the future.

Sam AltmanCEO of OpenAI
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Who we’re looking for

The program is ideal for researchers specializing in fields outside of deep learning like mathematics, physics, or neuroscience. The program can also work well for exceptionally talented software engineers who seek to transition into full-time Research based positions in the field of AI. 

Residents leverage their existing experience to work on real AI problems with our Research teams, receiving a full salary during the program. We value excellence from various educational backgrounds, including self-taught individuals, and encourage diverse applicants to reflect the human experience in our work.

OpenAI Residency was more than a program—it was a crucible of growth, blending academic rigor with nurturing mentorship, and teaching me to be bold yet methodical.

Tyna EloundouFormer OpenAI Resident
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Apply to be a Resident

We have now closed the application process for the remainder of 2023. We are currently in the process of reviewing the numerous applications received.

For those who have already applied, our team will be contacting selected candidates in the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience during this process.

If you missed this year's application window, don't worry. We encourage you to stay tuned for updates regarding future opportunities. Please keep an eye on our website and follow us on social media for upcoming announcements and application openings.


A leap from biology to AI? OpenAI Residency said ‘yes,’ turning doubts into the most fundamental, impactful, and fun research I’ve ever done.

Dan MossingFormer OpenAI Resident