The Research Traineeship Program

The Research Traineeship Program is a unique 6-month training program tailored to students and researchers from different backgrounds to help them get into behavioral economics and train them on how to conduct behavioral research, behavioral analysis, experimentation, and nudging interventions. The acceptance is selective but free of charge.

During the traineeship period, fellows will be able to explore the fundamental principles of behavioral science through different workshops and online sessions. Subsequently, they get to put into practice all the knowledge and skills they had acquired to drive solutions to real-world challenges. Each trainee has to select a project to work on, focusing on one or more Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). 

Projects could have different outputs such as nudge interventions, designs to products and services, white papers, or research reports. Throughout the program, fellows will be exposed to our collaboration projects, learning materials, and a network of talented academic and business partners ensuring a dedicated mentorship and coaching. 

By the end of the program, the trainees will be able to develop new behavioral insights, learn qualitative research, and apply behavioral economics in their professional and personal lives. Through their projects, they will contribute to helping governments improve policies, assisting organizations in implementing effective interventions, and encouraging people to make better choices.

About the Program


Introduction to Behavioral Economics

The program starts with a series of workshops to introduce behavioral economics, the discipline history and prominent researches, the importance of BE for businesses, policies, and organizations, and an explanation of the common concepts, biases, and heuristics.


Projects & research topics

Each trainee will select a project to work on throughout the program. The project could be a nudge intervention, behavioral solutions to social and economic challenges, or a recommendation report for a product or service design. Essentially, the research topic should be based on one of the UN Sustainable Development and the results should be based on rigorous research. The program continues with a series of group and one-to-one workshops on how to apply behavioral economics for social good, to help trainees choose their research topic, objectives, and questions.


The literature review

At this step, trainees conduct a literature review on their research topic. Coaching sessions with the instructors to help them conduct the literature review and explain new concepts and theories.


Data collection

Depending on the research questions and objectives, trainees conduct qualitative research, quantitative research, or both. They start collecting data with the help of partners like universities, businesses, and non-profit organizations, experts in the field, and through different methods: surveys, interviews, focus groups, user research, observations, etc. We provide in-person coaching to help trainees learn the research methodologies including sampling techniques and data collection techniques.


Research findings and behavioral diagnosis

The next step is gathering data, analyzing it, and interpreting it from a behavioral perspective. The program continues with in-person training sessions on qualitative and quantitative data analysis and workshops on how to conduct a behavioral diagnosis, generate behavioral insights, and identify barriers and drivers of key behaviors.


Intervention Design

Ideation and training sessions on how to use the behavioral insights generated to design low-cost and effective interventions such as nudging interventions and solutions to improve products or services.


Experimental Design

One-to-one training sessions on experimental design and data analysis. The sessions focus on Randomised Controlled Trial design and how to build hypotheses, samples, and variants.


Report creation

The last step of the program consists of creating the final research report to present and explain the research findings, behavioral insights, and experimentations results if available.

Meet the Trainees

Arij Ben Mohamed

SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions

Region: Gabes

BelHassen El Bohli

SDG 3: Good health and well-being

Region: Tunis

Chem Toumi

SDG 3: Good health and well-being

Region: Ben Arous

Emna Najjar

SDG 4: Quality education

Region: Ariana

Eya Hidri

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Region: Kef

Eya Ksomtini

SDG 4: Quality education

Region: Ariana

Farah Abboucha

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

Region: Bizerte

Hiba Allagui

SDG16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Region: Mornag

Hind Mtimet

SDG 13: Climate action

Region: Zarzis

Imen Harazi

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Region: Djerba

Mariam Ben Yahya

SDG 10: Reduced inequality

Region: Kebili

Meriem Frej

SDG 1: No poverty

Region: Monastir

Molk Hermi

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

Region: Jendouba

Nada Jouibli

SDG 5: Gender equality

Region: Sousse

Wissal Zribi

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

Region: Tunis

Yassin ben Ayed

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

Region: Tunis