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2018 Spring Development Economics Challenge Grants


The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Spring Development Economic Challenge Grants. CEGA will offer two types of awards to support original research led by UC Berkeley PhD students:

(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 and take place during summer 2018 through the 2018-19 academic year. Grants may be used to cover travel and lodging, data collection, or data analysis. Grant funds may not be used for student stipends.

Deadline: May 19, 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

Doctoral students at UC Berkeley can apply. Students in all departments are eligible, though special funding is available for students in the Economics Department.

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 with Budget Template, draft a short proposal, and obtain an email nomination from a faculty sponsor.  Proposals should be no more than two pages (2 pages or less, 12 point font, single-spaced). 

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, Charles & Feralee Levin, and Rich Gilbert.

Closing Date

May 19, 2018 11:59 am PDT