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The Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) welcomes trainees affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania who are focusing on behavioral science research, including:

  • PhD students;
  • Postdoctoral Fellows;
  • Residents/Fellows actively engaged in research or research training;
  • MD and Nursing students;
  • Masters students enrolled in MPH, MBDS, MSHP, or MHCI programs;
  • Visiting scholars.


Being a CHIBE trainee has the following benefits:

  • Opportunity to submit an abstract to present at CHIBE’s annual Roybal Retreat (hosted with the PAIR Center) as well as CHIBE’s annual Behavioral Science and Health Symposium
  • Opportunity to apply to our Roybal Pilot Program, which seeks pilot projects that translate ideas from behavioral economics into practice in “real world” settings
  • Invitations to our research seminar series and special events
  • Access to communication resources, including dissemination of publications and media articles on CHIBE’s channels, such as @PennCHIBE
  • Networking with CHIBE-affiliated faculty members

With funding from the National Institute on Aging, the Roybal Center distributes pilot funding for projects that translate ideas from behavioral economics into practice in ‘real world’ settings, specifically testing interventions that reach middle-aged and elderly Americans at high risk for premature morbidity and mortality.

The pilot program aims to:

  1. Give research opportunities to junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in behavioral economics;
  2. Encourage interaction between affiliated researchers;
  3. Build collaborations with new partner organizations that have access to populations and potential willingness to translate results from the research studies into practice.


In order to become a CHIBE trainee, you must:

  1. Be involved in research that uses principles from behavioral economics
  2. Have a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member as your mentor

How to Apply

To apply, simply fill out our on-site Trainee Application form.