The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods. The group has met semi-annually to discuss the work-in-progress of its core members and invited guests. This year, Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) and the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) will be organizing a training prior to the meeting on Social Science Research Methods on January 22-25, 2018. Workshop participants will then be invited to attend the full WGAPE meeting on January 26-28, 2018.
 
This four-day training will be held prior to the WGAPE meeting, and will focus on empirical methods for research in developing countries, including causal inference, experimental and quasi-experimental research designs, and various topics in research transparency. 
 
Eligibility
This opportunity is limited to graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty working in political economy who either
a) Currently hold a faculty or research position at an African institution,
b) Have received or are actively pursuing a graduate degree at an African institution, or
c) Have received an undergraduate degree from an African institution and are currently in graduate school elsewhere. 
 
To Apply
Please submit the following to the form linked here by October 15, 2017.
a) Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location, position title, and degree(s) held.
b) A statement of the applicant’s research that relates to the WGAPE topics listed above or to other issues relevant to economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. This should include research interests and methods (or planned methods) and should be representative of the applicant’s academic writing.
c) The name, title, and contact information of one reference (from a current/previous collaborator or advisor) that would be able to comment on the applicant’s research interests and future research trajectory as it relates to WGAPE. 
 
Award Notification and Funding
Successful applicants will be notified by November 6th, 2017.
The workshop organizers will provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses for accepted participants to attend the full symposium. Visas and travel will be arranged by NYU Abu Dhabi.