Applied Behavioral Science Fellowship Program
- 6-Month part-time program for working professionals.
- Join an exceptional group of people aiming to change the world wirth behavioral science.
- Become a leader in applying behavioral science to your industry.
The Decision Lab is proud to introduce a new educational initiative aimed at further bridging the gap between behavioral science insights and application. As a non-profit, we constantly seek opportunities to democratize applications of behavioral science. In the past years, we have had the chance to do this through our publication (which has become one of the largest in the world) as well as through projects with organizations such as the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Federal Government, some of the largest banks and insurers in the world and a large number of startups.
One gap we have seen throughout our journey is in education – while there is a huge amount of content on behavioral economics and psychology, there are very few opportunities for aspiring practitioners to learn how to actually apply these insights to solve real world problems. Today, we are launching our TDL Fellowship program – a 6 month program aimed at filling this gap by collaborating with fellows to create original and applied research.
Free of charge for a limited amount of time.
20 weeks, with a required commitment of 5-10 hours per week.
As a non-profit focused on democratizing applications of behavioral science, we place impact above all else. With this in mind, TDL Fellows will be chosen based on their potential to apply the insights they learn – either at an existing position or one they aspire to.
Although there are no formal educational or work requirements, applicants will be asked to describe how they hope to impact the world in a positive way as a Fellow. A strong emphasis will be placed on applicants with existing real-world experience in a field where behavioral science might be relevant.
Admission cycles will be announced
Please note that there are a very limited number of concurrent spaces. However, ecven if there are no open spots at the moment you apply, successful applicants will be kept on a waiting list and notified when spots become available.
Each TDL Fellow will choose a focus area that connects to their area of expertise. They will complete weekly assignments that aim to connect this focus area to behavioral science research. These assignments will be composed of learning modules, intervention design, experimentation, analysis and reporting.
For example, someone coming in with a background in Artificial Intelligenc may be asked to choose a Fellowship Focus that sits at the intersection of AI and behavioral science. They will then learn how to design behavioral science interventions and will be asked to create real-world experiments that test these interventions.
Support We Provide
Fellows will be formally associated with The Decision Lab – they will be invited to a Slack channel that connects them to other Fellows as well as with core TDL staff. In addition, Fellows will receive weekly guidance on training modules, intervention design, experimentation and write-ups. Finally, certain reports created by Fellows may chosen, at the discretion of The Decision Lab, to be featured in our publication – one of the largest in the applied behavioral science space, with close to half a million engagements per year.
What is the cost to participate in the program?
The program is free of charge at this point in time.
What does the application procedure look like?
The application process is composed of two phases. In the first phase, you will be asked to complete an online application and attach your CV + a writing sample. Those who are selected for Phase 2 will be invited for a virtual interview.
How long will I wait between applying, receiving a result and potentially starting?
Wait times differ depending on the time of year – however, we typically process appications within 2 weeks and provide a starting date that is 2-4 weeks after acceptance.
Can I defer my start?
You can indicate your preferred start-date in your application. That said, once you have commited to a start date, you will only be allowed to change it in exceptional circumstances.
Will being a Fellow help me to get a job as X?
While we cannot predict the job market, we can certainly say that, based on our experience, there is an enormous shortage of professionals who are able to rely on evidence based approaches. Also, while we do not guarantee any employment opportunities, we may, at our discretion, connect fellows with opportunities we come across.
Can I call myself a Fellow as soon as I get into the program?
While you can certainly say that you are in the program, TDL Fellows are graduates of the program. Only those who complete the 6-month program can call themselves Fellows.
Can I continue to work my regular job while I am a Fellow?
Absolutely! That said, The Decision Lab reserves the rigth to first publication over any data/content that is created in collaboration with us.
What if I have to interrupt my Fellowship because of a planned trip, break, etc.?
The program requires an ongoing commitment of 5-10 hours per week. Unfortunately, while this requirement is not intensive (it has been created to work for professionals with day jobs) there is usually no flexibility in this requirement – failure to follow the program curriculum will result in being expulsed. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for very compelling reasons.
Can I connect to other Fellows?
If you are accepted, you will be connected with all current and past Fellows. In addition, being a Fellow will give you ongoing access to certain TDL resources.
Do you have any recommendations regarding how I can prepare for this program?
The Fellowship is designed to be self-contained. Therefore, you do not need to prepare in any way. That being said, successful applicants will be given a list of optional resources.
Can I reapply if I am not accepted?
Of course! Unfortunately we may not be able to provide feedback to all applicants. That being said, if you were not accepted, it is probably because there were applicants whose potential to apply behavioral science in the real world world was higher by virtue of their experience/position. We urge you to reapply when your circumstances have changed.