The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 CEGA Visiting Fellowship Competition. CEGA invests in research capacity building that empowers low-and middle-income country (LMIC) scholars to generate rigorous evidence on economic development in their home countries and regions (see Global Networks). In this call, CEGA invites researchers from East Africa and Anglophone West Africa interested in developing their skills in impact evaluation and implementation science to apply for a four-month fellowship at the University of California Berkeley, to be completed during the Fall 2022 (August - December) or Spring 2023 (January - May) academic semesters.

A total of four fellows will be accepted for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. Of these, two slots will be reserved for fellows interested in studying problems associated with infectious disease (HIV excepted, unless in the case of comorbidities with other infectious diseases) with a rigorous implementation science lens (see here). The other two slots are available for fellows interested in any field related to economic development—including agriculture, financial inclusion, gender, technology for development, energy and climate change, and others. Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

***Please carefully review the
full request for applications for more information on the fellowship and details about the submission process.***

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is pleased to announce the 2022 Psychology and Economics of Poverty (PEP) Funding Competition. Grant funding is supported by CEGA’s Psychology and Economics of Poverty (PEP) Initiative, bringing together psychologists and economists to better understand how poverty affects cognition, beliefs and decision-making with implications for a range of socioeconomic outcomes (including mental health, early childhood development, and economic welfare). 

We will award smaller grants ($1k - $15k) to PhD students and postdoctoral scholars and slightly larger grants ($15k - $35k) to faculty members based at CEGA-affiliated institutions.* We invite proposals that address one or more of the following priority areas of inquiry:

  • How poverty impacts cognitive load, decision-making, social cognition, health (including mental health), aspirations, and/or economic outcomes
  • The psychological consequences of resource instability or volatility
  • Belief formation, the relevance of belief-based utility, affective adaptations to poverty, and the role of the "psychological immune system"
  • The influence of cultural context and social norms on outcomes related to the above topics

While not required, we welcome work that explores these topics in the context of COVID-19. Additionally, we will consider funding projects that are not currently feasible given COVID-19 restrictions on in-person fieldwork presuming they have a realistic and well thought-out contingency plan. We may also offer a smaller amount of funding, or delay funding contingent on research becoming feasible by a certain date.

Priority will be given to projects that focus on low- and middle-income countries, although proposals focused on the US and other high-income countries will be considered. We encourage interdisciplinary projects and welcome pairs/teams of students and faculty members from different disciplines to apply for funding together. Grants may be used for scoping and/or short-term fieldwork, with funds being used to cover travel and lodging, data collection, data analysis, and PhD student and/or staff time as needed. Given resource limitations, grant funds may not be used to cover faculty support.

Please carefully review the full Request for Proposals for details about the submission process and contact Kristina Hallez ( at CEGA with any questions.

Scientific Directors: Supreet Kaur (Economics, UC Berkeley) and Mahesh Srinivasan (Psychology, UC Berkeley)

*CEGA-affiliated institutions include: all University of California campuses, California Institute of Technology, Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Reed College, Stanford University, University of British Columbia, University of Oregon, University of San Francisco, University of Southern California, University of Washington, Washington State University.

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