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2023 Spring Development Economics Challenge



The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is pleased to announce our Spring 2023 Development Economics Challenge Grants. CEGA is making available a total of $65,000 for this round of funding. We will offer two types of awards to support original research led by UC Berkeley PhD students: 


(1) Travel grants up to $5,000 for scoping and/or short-term fieldwork;

(2) Seed grants up to $20,000 for extensive, longer-term projects.


Proposed research must involve rigorous evaluation of programs or policies designed to alleviate poverty and promote social or economic development in low- and middle- income countries. Grant funds may be used to cover travel and lodging, data collection or access, data analysis, and related activities. Grants may not be used for student payment.


April 9, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Eligibility Criteria:

Doctoral students at UC Berkeley can apply.

Each application must include a nomination from a CEGA faculty affiliate sponsor. The nomination should be emailed to Sam Bordia ( by the submission deadline (simply stating, “I have reviewed the proposed research and agree to nominate the applicant for this award”).

Application Process:

Please download and complete the Application Form.  Applications must include a proposal describing the research (no more than 2 pages) and a budget. All materials should be submitted in a single PDF file through our online portal, linked below.


Please email Sam Bordia ( with any inquiries.

Submit Application Here


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