Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE)

Request for Applications: NYU-AD Meeting

The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods.  The group has met semi-annually to discuss the work-in-progress of its core members and invited guests since 2002. It is co-led by Daniel Posner (Political Science, UCLA), Edward Miguel (Economics, UC Berkeley), Brian Dillon (Agricultural and Resource Economics, Cornell), and Amanda Robinson (Politics, Ohio State University). The fourth International meeting hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi from held on January 25-27, 2019. The deadline to submit papers or research designs for discussion will be:

11:59 pm U.S. Pacific Time on Sunday, October 21st, 2018



WGAPE meetings are held in four regional sub-groups in the U.S. each fall, a winter international meeting, and in a U.S. national meeting each spring. This is the third international meeting hosted by our partners at NYU-Abu Dhabi, led by faculty J. Andrew Harris, Melina Platas, and Peter van der Windt.

The meeting will center on research discussion sessions rather than presentations. Papers are circulated and expected to be read in advance by all participants. Presenters provide brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for an hour-long discussion of each paper. WGAPE accepts early working papers, near-complete drafts, and research designs (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings).

Submission Categories

We invite paper and research design submissions that reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, corruption, local governance, public economics, and other related topics. Submissions outside of these areas are very unlikely to be selected regardless of their quality. WGAPE commonly, but not exclusively, selects submissions with a strong focus on fieldwork and quantitative analysis. Graduate students and junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. WGAPE particularly encourages submissions from applicants who teach, study or have completed a degree at an African university. 

We invite submissions of papers or research designs. Early-stage papers and research designs will be prioritized for inclusion. Highly polished papers are unlikely to be selected. These submissions should describe a fully planned research study on topics relevant to WGAPE, as listed above. A suggested format for these submissions is the Pre-Analysis Plan (please find a template here). It is not necessary to reformat your Pre-Analysis Plan to fit the linked template, but a strong Pre-Analysis Plan will include the elements listed in the template.

To Apply

All submissions must include:

a)    Paper Submission or Research Design in PDF or Word format.

b)    Latest Curriculum Vitae with contact information, including country of current location.

Papers must be submitted to by October 21st, 2018.

Selection Process

The WGAPE Executive Committee is in charge of reviewing and selecting papers/research designs for submission. Each submission will be randomly allocated to two reviewers, who will evaluate their assigned papers/research designs based on the quality of the design and execution, their fit with WGAPE’s topics of interest, and the likelihood they can benefit from and generate productive discussion at the meeting. The submission will then be scored on a scale from 1 to 5 by the reviewers. Once the scores are tallied, the meeting co-organizers (a subset of the reviewers) will select the final group of papers and research designs to be discussed, using the reviewers’ scores as a guideline to select a group of authors that is diverse in terms of gender, geography, field of study, and seniority.

Award Notification and Funding 

Successful applicants will be notified by November 6th, 2018 and will be invited to attend the full symposium. Thanks to NYU-AD, WGAPE will be able to provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses to accepted WGAPE participants. Visas and travel will be arranged by NYU-AD.

Further Inquiries

Please contact Alex Dobyan at with any further questions. 

Funding opportunity:  

  • Research Grant Competition- CEGA Affiliates (and their PhD advisees), in conjunction with a BRAC Researcher, are invited to apply for 1-2 year research grants of up to $65,000 to conduct a rigorous evaluation of a BRAC International program in Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, or Afghanistan.  Priority research areas include digital microfinance, livelihoods, Targeting the Ultra Poor, empowering adolescent girls, and empowering migrants; but research can span a broad range of focus areas related to development.  All proposals must explicitly address gender dimensions of the research, and have buy-in from a BRAC program staff member. Please note that the BCLC expects that all phases of the proposed research (from study design and field implementation, to data analysis and publication) will be carried out through equal partnership of the CEGA and BRAC Researchers. We welcome proposals for grants that support new projects as well as ongoing work. See RFA here.

Eligibility:   Applications will be accepted from pairs of CEGA faculty affiliates and BRAC International Researchers (from BRAC’s Independent Evaluation Research Cell). PhD students are welcome to apply, with sponsorship from a CEGA faculty affiliate. 

The deadline to submit propsals will be October 31st, 2018 at 11:59 pm. For more information, please see the Request for Applications. 

For any questions, please email Maya Ranganath at


The BRAC-CEGA Learning Collaborative is excited to announce its 2018 Travel Grant Competition, offered to CEGA affiliates and their PhD students to facilitate strong partnerships between researchers at BRAC and CEGA that could lead to further collaboration and impact. 

Funding opportunity: CEGA affiliates and/or their PhD advisees can request up to $6000 USD to travel to BRAC International sites (in the countries stated above) for exploratory work to develop new research projects or partnerships. This grant is intended for researchers who may not be ready to apply for full research grants, but would like to explore a potential idea. Preference will be given to partnerships in early stages. See RFA here 

Eligibility: CEGA affiliates and their PhD advisees are eligible for this award.

Please see the Request for Applications for further details.

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