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About the summer school

Our world class free annual virtual summer school gives students and professionals an opportunity to work with a leading behavioural science consultancy and gain practical exposure in applying behavioural science to real world problems.

As a summer schooler, you will have the opportunity to work on real briefs, helping real people, through our partnerships with charities around the world. Moreover, you will hear from some of the leaders in behavioural science across the globe, ideate on nudgeathons, participate in workshops and have access to networking events.


What's different this year?

This year’s summer school is focussed on the future of behavioural science and innovation. Over the last 6 years, Cowry has been at the forefront of the industry, pushing the boundaries of applied BeSci in three key ways: 

Deviate from the mean: As winners of the CCA Global Innovation and Customer Service Award & Innovation Partner of the Year from the Financial Services Forum, Cowry has worked across different industries, taking out of category insights and applying them in creative and award-winning ways. 

Diverge and take paths less travelled: Developing ground-breaking behavioural data science tools to understand and benchmark the biggest barriers and drivers for different industries and channels.

Disrupt traditional ways of thinking: Using our understanding of how the sensory brain processes information to produce more innovative design solutions. Disrupting traditional thinking to include neurodesign and BeSci.

What's involved?

The summer school is a 2-week immersive experience taking you on a tour of the world of Behavioural Science, running from 18th to 29th July, 2022. Successful applicants will experience:


Global Scholars

Applications will be open across 4 international hubs, giving you the chance to build a global network of fellow Behavioural Scientists.


Global Faculty

Exclusive seminars and workshops led by some of the world's best innovative Behavioural Scientists.

Briefs (1)

Global Briefs

This year, you'll have the chance to bring behavioural insights to an international charity that operates within your hub.


Global Mentors

You'll have 2 dedicated mentors assigned to your hub who will guide you through the 2 weeks and help you to succeed in the programme.

We're going global again for 2022

What are the four ‘hubs’?

The hubs are 4 virtual locations from where the summer school will run. This is to ensure that we are able to cover many different time zones and include people from across the world. 

  1. Americas, Eastern Daylight time (UTC  - 4)
  2. Europe, British Summer Time (UTC +1 )
  3. South Asia, Indian Standard Time (GMT + 4:30)
  4. APAC, Western Indonesian Time (GMT + 7)

What location will I be placed in?

You will be placed in the hub that has the most similar time-zone to the country you are from. This will make it easier for us to plan across time zones and accommodate for culturally specific projects. 

For example, if you are from Shanghai, China (GMT + 8), you will be placed in the APAC hub (GMT + 7).


How much time do I need for the summer school?

The summer school will Monday-Friday from 10:00 - 16:00 in your respected time zone. 



What you'll need to apply

Is this programme free?

Yes! This programme is absolutely FREE!


What do I need to participate in the programme?

All applicants will need access to a computer with a working internet connection, microphone and webcam for the duration of the programme. Relative fluency in English is also essential (equivalent to IELTS level 5.5).



Everything you need to know about the application process

What sort of people are you looking for?

We're looking for the industry’s brightest behavioural science students, recent graduates and professionals to join us. Applicants are welcome from any professional background, but should be able to demonstrate that they are well-read in behavioural science literature and have a passion for delivering behaviour change.

Since the Summer School is our primary way for recruiting new talent, applicants should be considering a job in applied behavioural science.

Here at Cowry, we specialise in Choice Architecture, Behavioural Design and Behavioural Experimentation, so these are the skills we value:

Behavioural Designers draw on principles of Design, Perceptual Psychology, User Experience and Behavioural Science to create influential and motivating experiences.

Behavioural Architects draw academic insights from literature in Psychology, Behavioural Economics and Cognitive Neuroscience to influence decision-making and behaviour.

Experimental Designers use statistics and machine learning to design and develop robust methods for testing interventions and analysing data in meaningful ways.

We also have 3 core values that we would love to see in every summer schooler: Care, Integrity and Ambition. Learn more here!


What is your selection process?

You’ll be given a set of questions tackling different challenges and asked to come up with behavioural solutions to the problems (eg: How can you nudge people to walk to work instead of taking the train?). You may take as long as you need, as long as you submit your application before the deadline.

At Cowry, we know the importance of reducing bias in application processes in order to ensure a fair outcome for every applicant. Each application will be stripped of all personal information and will be reviewed blind. The markers will only see a randomly selected set of questions and each application will be marked by two separate markers. 


How many applicants will be chosen?

Building on the success of going global last year, intake, we're excited to welcome 10 successful applicants from each hub onto our Global Summer School, so that’s 40 places available!


Can you apply for more than one hub?

You can only apply for one hub. Any applications which are doubled up in different hubs will be removed from consideration.


What advice do you have for applicants?

Click here to hear from our team about their top tips to help you with a successful summer school application! We'll also have exciting updates for you on our LinkedIn page, so don’t miss out!

I think my favourite part of the program was getting to meet and interact with amazing people had the same passion for behavioural science as I did they had great insights into our talks our workshops and the tasks we approached. I'd say that Cowry’s summer school was one of the main things this summer that reinforced my passion for behavioural science.

— Nikolas Silva, Summer Schooler, 2021

My favourite part of the summer school was definitely seeing how many people there are as passionate about behavioural science as I am, and it was just really nice to connect and network with them.

— Riana Ghulam, Summer Schooler, 2021

I had such an amazing time and learnt so much over 2 weeks. My favourite moment was definitely working with my team because you have such a limited amount of time to work on this project but it was just such a pleasant surprise to see that all your hard work paid off. It made me so happy to actually apply all of this in real life.

— Jasmine Lee, Summer Schooler, 2021