The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), invites applications to the Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) September 20-22, 2017 in London, England. Formerly known as the Summer Institute, RT2 provides participants with an overview of cutting-edge mechanisms for transparent and reproducible social science. 

Participants can expect to finish the program with a thorough overview and understanding of best practices for open, reproducible research, allowing them to remain in the vanguard of new scientific frontiers. They are encouraged to bring existing research questions and ideas based on their own interests and seek support and feedback from instructors and other attendees.


The workshop is designed for researchers across the social science spectrum, from economics to political science, psychology, and other related disciplines. Ideal candidates include: (i) graduate or post-graduate students contemplating a research career, (ii) junior faculty eager to learn about new tools and techniques, (iii) staff from research organizations interested in using these methods, and (iv) journal editors or research funders curious about the implications for their work. Diversity in terms of background, gender, and academic discipline is encouraged.

Application Process

We expect the number of applications to far exceed the number of available spaces for this workshop. With this in mind, BITSS aims to select 30-35 participants that represent a balance across disciplines, gender, and experience levels, as well as participants who are likely to have sustained impact on improving research transparency and reproducibility education and practice at their host institutions.

The closing date for applications is June 22, 2017. BITSS faculty and staff will then select 30-35 applicants for acceptance to RT2. Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than June 30, 2017.

Quick Reference

Total Prize Money: $20k for Leaders in Education | $60k for Emerging Researchers

Individual Prizes:
$10k for Leaders in Education | $10k-$15k for Emerging Researchers
Nomination Deadline:
11:59 PM (U.S. Pacific Time) Friday, June 30, 2017


Transparency is integral to the validity of social science research – especially when this research informs policy and affects the lives of millions around the world. Today, researchers are not explicitly rewarded for disclosing their data collection and analysis methods, registering detailed pre-analysis plans, or making data and other research materials available to the public.

In order to promote transparent research, and to offer recognition and visibility to scholars practicing open social science, the John Templeton Foundation is generously supporting the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) to launch prizes named for pioneers who helped lay the foundations of research transparency: economist Edward E. Leamer and psychologist Robert Rosenthal.


Download the Prize Guidelines

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Full Call for Abstracts: Link
Symposium : September 6, 2017
2-page Abstract Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM (U.S. Pacific Time) July 1st, 2017
Notification of acceptance:  August 1st, 2017
Submission of full papers: September 1st, 2017


The Symposium on Geospatial Analysis for International Development invites papers on the use of state-of-the-art geospatial analytics to address issues of poverty, sustainable development, urbanization, climate change, and economic growth in developing countries. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present a talk or poster at the symposium and will receive fast-track consideration for publication in Development Engineering: the Journal of Engineering in Economic Development.  

Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract of no more than two (2) pages by July 1st, 2017. Symposium participants are expected from a multitude of disciplines including computer science, engineering, public health, business and economics. 

The BRAC-CEGA Learning Collaborative is excited to announce the 2016 Travel Grant Competition, offered to help facilitate strong partnerships between researchers at BRAC and CEGA. 

 A total of $30,000 will be competitively awarded for CEGA faculty and their PhD students that seek to travel to BRAC field offices (in Bangladesh, East Africa, and West Africa) for exploratory work to develop new research projects, build partnerships with BRAC research counterparts, and initiate proposal development.  Applications are invited for travel taking place between March 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017. 

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

Please see the RFA for further details.