Summer Institutes

2021 Summer Institutes UPDATE

More information on the schedule and upcoming institutes for Summer 2021 is coming soon. For all institutes, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and depending on the institute have plans to move to online instruction or postpone in-person instruction. We apologize for the ambiguity and uncertainty, but we want to make sure that the 2021 institutes are both high quality and safe experiences. 

RSF offers intensive, one-to-two-week summer institutes on various topics for doctoral students and early-career scholars. Most participant costs during the institute, including housing and most meals, are covered, and travel expenses are reimbursed up to a set cap. Participants are required to fully attend all sessions of the program and some institutes require participants to complete some assignments in advance.

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2021 Summer Institutes: Behavioral Economics | Computational Social Science | Social Science Genomics | Migration Research Methods | Proposal Development Summer Institute | Biological Approaches | Social Science for Journalists

Behavioral Economics (BE)

Next BE Summer Institute: Summer 2022 (Postponed from 2021)
Application deadline: likely February 2022

A note from the organizers, David Laibson and Matthew Rabin regarding the 2021 Summer Institute.

The two-week Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics introduces graduate students and beginning faculty in economics and related disciplines to the findings and methods of behavioral economics—the application of psychological theory and research to economics. The program includes topics on psychological foundations such as decision-making under risk and uncertainty, intertemporal choice, biases in judgment, mental accounting, and social preferences, as well as the implications of these foundations for savings behavior, labor markets, development economics, finance, public policy, and other economic topics.

Computational Social Science (SICSS)

Co-sponsored with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Next SICSS: June 13-26, 2021
Application deadline: February 22, 2021

The two-week Summer Institute in Computational Social Science introduces graduate students and beginning faculty in the social and data sciences (broadly conceived) to computational social science—the use of digital-age data sources and methods to conduct social research. The program will highlight issues about access, privacy, and confidentiality that are raised by the emergence of computational data and methods. The institute will also introduce participants to a network of scholars across disciplines with similar interests in these new data and methods.

Social Science Genomics (SISSG)

Co-sponsored with the JPB Foundation

POSTPONED Next SISSG: August 8 - August 20, 2021 in Stowe, VT
UPDATED Application deadline: April 9, 2021

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and depending on various factors including vaccination rates, CDC recommendations, and state/local policies, we may modify the institute to include online instruction or postpone in-person instruction to the following year. We apologize for the ambiguity and uncertainty, but we want to make sure that the summer institute is both a high quality and safe experience. We expect that a final decision on the institute will be made in late May or early June.

The two-week Summer Institute in Social Science Genomics introduces graduate students and beginning faculty in economics, sociology, psychology, statistics, genetics, and other disciplines to the methods of social-science genomics—the analysis of genomic data in social science research. The program will include interpretation and estimation of twin and family studies; the biology of genetics, gene expression, and epigenetics; design and analysis of genetic-association studies; analysis of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; genetic estimation and use of polygenic scores; environmental pathways for genetic associations; ethical issues in social-science genomics; as well as applications of genomic data in the social sciences.

Migration Research Methods (SIMRM)

Co-sponsored with the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Next SIMRM: June 2021
Not accepting new applications, postponed from 2020

The ten-day Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods helps to train early career researchers in best-practices and in methodologies particularly relevant to the study of immigration and migrant populations. The 2020 program will focus on: (1) conceptualizing, measuring and imputing legal status in migration studies; (2) studying immigration through social media and computational analysis; and (3) current frontiers in research on migration and health. The institute will also include sessions on research ethics and professionalization.

Proposal Development Summer Institute

Co-sponsored with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Next Proposal Development Summer Institute: Late May/Early June 2021
Not accepting new applications, postponed from 2020

The institute will bring together about 25 early career social science faculty interested in workshopping and developing research ideas into grant proposals. The institute seeks to promote diversity in the social sciences broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. This Institute is designed to help develop participants' research ideas into a completed funding proposal for future RSF (and/or other potential funders’) application deadlines. The program will involve lectures, meeting with program officers from a range of foundations, writing time, group work, peer review, panel discussions, one-on-one consultations, and networking opportunities

Biological Approaches in the Social Sciences (SIBASS)

Co-sponsored with the JPB Foundation

The next summer institute is expected June 6-10 2022 (TBC) with an application deadline likely in Feburary 2022

The one-week Summer Institute on Biological Approaches in the Social Sciences introduces early-career scholars in a broad range of social science disciplines to the theory, basic biology, and methods needed to collect and analyze biological processes in the service of social science research agendas. The biology of, and minimally-invasive measurement options for, the central nervous system (brain), autonomic nervous system, neuroendocrine, cardiometabolic, immune, and sleep processes will all be covered, and we will also discuss the contributions of genetics and epigenetics. Stress-sensitive biological systems will be emphasized, as such systems are strong candidates as putative mediators between social-contextual experiences and health and human capital outcomes.

Social Science for Journalists (SSSIJ)

The next Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists will take place on July 13, 14, and 15, 2021 and is free of charge.

There is a long, rich history of journalists writing and reporting compellingly about topics related to RSF’s mission to "improve the social and living conditions in the United States." The growth of economic inequality and its consequences, inequities in educational achievement and attainment, the impact of modern immigration, and recent racial tensions over urban policing are all examples of topics addressed by journalists that are central to RSF programs.

The three-day Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists teaches participants how to locate the best available social science research on their topics quickly, how to identify and interact fruitfully with leading experts, and how to read academic publications for their journalistic relevance.

More details about this Summer Institute are forthcoming. Please revisit this page as we update the details.

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