Summer Institutes

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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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: 2024
Application deadline: TBD

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.

Proposal Development Summer Institute

Co-sponsored with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Next PDSI: 2024
Application deadline: TBD

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

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