Apply to be a Pro Forecaster

Be part of a team forecasting the future for U.S. policymakers.

Applications to the Pro Forecaster Program are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the season. Pros are paid to contribute forecasts each month, participate in training, and collaborate with other forecasters on the site.

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Who Can Apply?

While most Pro Forecasters are selected based on past performance on INFER, we reserve a few spots in each season’s cohort for Open Call applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Top-ranked forecasters on similar forecasting sites. Have you ranked in the Top 50 or better on a popular forecasting site, such as Metaculus and Good Judgment Open? Show us your track record to be considered as a Pro Forecaster on INFER. Ideally, you can show forecasting skill in one or more of the topics we cover on INFER, including high-risk geopolitical events, science, and technology.

  • Anyone with a professional background or expertise in one of our priority forecasting topics. Are you an experienced practitioner, scientist, researcher, graduate student, or professor? U.S. policymakers want to get signals from you on future trends in these fields. Prior forecasting experience is not required.

About the Role of a Pro Forecaster

The primary role of a Pro Forecaster is to make and update forecasts, committing 8-10 hours per month to the activity at your convenience. As part of this commitment, we will ask you to:

  • Forecast weekly (preferred) or bi-weekly (at a minimum) to ensure that you are generating timely forecasts: this includes submitting new forecasts and updating prior forecasts to indicate how your perspective has changed;

  • Write thoughtful rationales consistent with forecasting best practices;

  • Forecast on questions for which we need data: we might ask you to focus on specific questions in a given month. Be vigilant about forecasting on questions that have less activity or are closing soon;

  • Stay up to date on the questions that are active on INFER and proactively find relevant information to inform your forecasts; and

  • Attend occasional virtual meetings and events with other INFER Pro Forecasters.

Applications to the Pro Forecaster Program are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the season.

Maintaining Pro Forecaster Status

You will maintain Pro Forecaster status for the duration of the season so long as you continue to meet the monthly commitments as evidenced by your participation level. Pros who meet their commitment may be invited back for the next season. 

Why Become a Pro?

  • Earned compensation - You will earn USD 200 per month for every month you complete as a Pro. You will receive compensation via direct deposit through Gusto (if you are based in the U.S.) or Veem (non-U.S.). Payments will be dispersed quarterly. 

  • Professional credentials - Your experience as a Pro Forecaster can be added to your professional resume, LinkedIn profile, and similar social platforms to boost your credentials.

  • Community - Learn alongside a team of highly accurate and passionate forecasters and grow your professional network. Pros will also collaborate as a cohort and within their smaller teams through dedicated channels, such as our Pro Discord server and forecasting meetups.

  • Development of forecasting skill - Pros will have access to forecaster training resources aiming to improve individual forecasting accuracy and hone best practices. 

  • Contributions to government decision-making - Your forecasts will provide policymakers with insight into the science and technology landscape and contribute to the use of forecasting in critical government offices.

  • Invitations to exclusive Pro events - You will be invited to attend exclusive virtual events and forecasting meetups with global experts in science & technology and high risk-geopolitical topics. 


INFER (INtegrated Forecasting and Estimates of Risk) uses crowdsourced forecasting to generate early warning and signals about the complex future that policy and decisionmakers must act upon. It involves an ecosystem of forecasting platforms that aggregate the diverse perspectives of a global community inside and outside the U.S. government.

INFER is led by RAND with support from Cultivate Labs.

How to Apply

Send an email to [email protected] that includes:

  • Your name

  • Brief explanation of why you want to be a Pro Forecaster

  • Your resume or link to your public LinkedIn profile

  • If you are applying as someone with a background in one of our priority forecasting topics: Brief description of your experience in these fields

  • If you are applying as a top-ranked forecaster on a similar site: Proof of your accuracy and participation from a forecasting site similar to INFER. For example, send us a screenshot or report showing your accuracy score/ranking, screename, and sample forecasts and commentary

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