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2018 Fall Development Economics Challenge


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.

Closing Date

Oct 15, 2018 11:59 pm PDT


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 Requirements

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.