Sean Gailmard

Eva Seto
Associate Director, ISSI, and EITM Program Coordinator

Janna Rezaee
Graduate Student Coordinator

EITM Summer Institute

UC Berkeley, June 16 - July 12, 2013

Training a new generation of political scientists
who integrate theoretical and empirical research
to advance our understanding of politics.

In the summer of 2013, the University of California, Berkeley will host the summer institute on EITM: Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program trains graduate students and junior faculty in EITM, a research strategy that integrates theoretical models and empirical research to improve and expand our understanding of politics. The institute will integrate developments and findings from throughout political science, including the substantive areas of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political economy. Applications for the program are due via email to on Friday, March 22, 2013. Applicants will be notified of decisions by Friday, April 5, 2013. The 2013 Summer Institute will take place in Berkeley from June 16 to July 12.

This will be Berkeley's third time hosting the EITM Summer Institute. The faculty director and NSF principal investigator for EITM 2013 is Sean Gailmard. The EITM program at UC Berkeley is administered by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. The Institute for the Study of Societal Issues provides a wide range of training for undergraduate, graduate students, and professionals in the academy, government, and private sector. The administrative coordinator for EITM is ISSI's Associate Director Eva Seto.

The Summer Institute

The Political Science Program of the National Science Foundation supports annual four-week summer institutes on Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models. Previous summer institutes have taken place at Harvard (2002), Michigan (2003, 2006 and 2009), Duke (2004 and 2008), UC Berkeley (2005 and 2010), UCLA (2007), the University of Chicago (2011), and Princeton (2012).

The Summer Institute on EITM seeks to train a new generation of scholars who can better link positive theory and empirical work. The Summer Institute will be a highly collegial training program for advanced graduate students and junior faculty led by political scientists from across the discipline who employ EITM approaches in their research. The Institute combines lectures on various facets of EITM approaches, lab instruction sessions, research seminars by leading scholars, and rich feedback for participants on their own ongoing research from lead faculty, a specific faculty mentor paired with each participant, and other Institute participants. The Institute also offer extensive opportunities for professional networking, as well as enjoying some of the many outstanding restaurants in Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay Area in small group dinners with faculty, visiting lecturers, and other participants.

This summer's institute will accept advanced graduate students and junior faculty through a competitive selection process. There are no fees or tuition. Dormitory lodging, meals and domestic travel expenses will be provided for participants through a grant from the National Science Foundation. EITM institutes are selective, with admission based significantly on the quality and potential of research presented. Institute training includes teaching and research components, providing students a highly individualized interaction with a far wider and deeper array of mentors than is available at any individual institution.

Applicants should have well-honed research interests, and preferably at least a completed dissertation prospectus. Though the Institute will cover some background instruction in both formal theory and empirical methods, it is not a substitute for sustained training in these areas. Therefore, applicants should already have completed some coursework in formal theory and statistics in their home Ph.D. programs, ICPSR summer training programs, or similar venues.

We intend to accept about 25 participants. Applicants will be notified by email by April 5. We strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented minorities. Click here for more information about applying to the institute. Applications are due via email on Friday, March 22, 2013.

The Summer Institute is just one aspect of the EITM initiative in political science funded by the National Science Foundation. The NSF also funds another, complementary, EITM summer program at Washington University in St. Louis. Participation in either program in no way prohibits students or faculty from future participation in the other program.