BIG Doctoral Workshop 2019


Monday, August 19, 2019, 8:00am to 6:00pm


Harvard Business School

Apply to the BIG Doctoral Workshop

Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School Monday, August 19, 2019

This conference aims to bring together doctoral students and faculty to develop interesting, cutting-edge ideas in behavioral research.

The day will focus on framing an idea and exploring creative methods for studying it. The aim is to have students leave the day having made tangible progress on a brand new or early-stage idea of their own. Therefore, all participants are asked to come with an idea or research question that can be "workshopped" throughout the day.

During faculty-led panels and interactive sessions, students will have the opportunity to get feedback on their ideas with leading academics in behavioral insights. Our panels will expose you to the art of framing research ideas and the science of creative methods (e.g., web scraping, text analysis, economic games, field experimentation) to turn an early-stage idea into a tangible project. Throughout the day, students will also get coaching from faculty to develop their research ideas.

This year's workshop will be led by Professors Kate Barasz and Ting Zhang.

Faculty Participants:

Alison Wood Brooks

Carey Morewedge

Michael Norton

Dave Rand

Todd Rogers

...With more to be announced!


Who can apply?

Any doctoral student interested in behavioral insights research can apply. This includes doctoral students entering their first year, and those graduating in 2020. Please note that the application is competitive, and we receive more applications than there are spots available.

What do I need to include in my application?

In the application survey below, you should include your CV and a brief description of a brand-new or early-stage idea (max 100 words) that you want to develop during the workshop. (Note: all ideas will be kept confidential; we will use these solely for the purpose of forming breakout groups and aligning student and faculty interests.)

Is there funding available for my travel expenses?

While the workshop (including meals) will be free of charge for accepted applicants, we will not be able to provide financial assistance for travel expenses. Successful applicants are required to book their own accommodation, flights, and associated travel costs.

When will I know about the outcome of my application?

The deadline to apply is June 21, 2019, and you will hear from us about the outcome of your application during the week of June 24.

Click here to apply. 

Closing date for all applicants: June 21, 12:00 PM noon (EST)

Questions? Please contact Maja Niksic at or 617.496.2422.


See also: BIG Events