The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) will hold its 7th Annual Meeting at UC Berkeley on December 10, 2018.  The meeting will bring together leaders from academia, scholarly publishing, and policy to share knowledge and discuss the evolving movement toward research transparency and efforts to strengthen the standards of openness and integrity in the social sciences. 

This Call for Papers focuses on work that assesses researcher behavior, evaluates the reproducibility of bodies of social science literature, presents new tools and strategies to increase the transparency and reproducibility of research, or evaluates the effectiveness of existing tools. A committee of reviewers will select papers to be presented and discussed. Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-registration and the use of pre-analysis plans;
  • Disclosure and transparent reporting;
  • Replicability and reproducibility;
  • Data sharing;
  • Methods for detecting and reducing publication bias or data mining;
  • Meta-analysis;
  • Assessment of the validity or reproducibility of literature.

Papers or long abstracts must be submitted by Friday, October 12 (11:59 PM Pacific Time). Travel support is available for presenters. Eligible submissions include both completed papers and works in progress.

The 2018 BITSS Annual Meeting is co-sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation and an anonymous donor.

University of California, Berkeley



The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Fall Development Economic Challenge Grants. CEGA has $50,000 available and will offer two types of awards to support original research led by UC Berkeley PhD students in the Economics department

(1) travel grants up to $3,000 for scoping and/or short-term fieldwork; 

(2) seed grants up to $15,000 for extensive, longer-term projects. 

Proposed research must involve rigorous evaluation of strategies for poverty alleviation in low- and middle- income countries. Grants may be used to cover travel and lodging, data collection, or data analysis. Grant funds may not be used for student stipends.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

Doctoral students in the Economics department at UC Berkeley can apply. 

Each application must include a nomination from a UC Berkeley faculty sponsor. The nomination should be emailed to by the submission deadline (simply stating "I have reviewed the proposed research and agree to nominate the applicant for this award"). 

Application Process:

Please complete the Application Form. Applications should be no more than two pages, describe the research to be conducted, and include a budget. All materials should be submitted in a single PDF file using the online platform “Submittable” :

Please email Corey Murray ( with any inquiries.

2018 Development Economics Challenge Grants are made possible by generous contributions from Diana Walsh & Kent Walker.

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 in two categories: 

1)    Paper submissions. These submissions can be works-in-progress. Only complete drafts are given consideration.

2)     Research design submissions. 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 at this link). 

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, 2019 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: CEGA affiliates and BRAC International researchers may jointly apply for two-year grants of up to $65,000 to conduct a rigorous (experimental or quasi-experimental) impact evaluation of a BRAC International program in Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, or Afghanistan.  We welcome proposals for grants that support new projects as well as ongoing work. Please note that if projects are in a very early stage, we welcome submissions to the BRAC-CEGA travel grant competition.

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 12th, 2018 at 11:59 pm. For more information, please see the Request for Applications. 

For any questions, please email Maya Ranganath at

Center for Effective Global Action