Applications are currently being accepted for the 2023 Jacobs Foundation Global Research Fellowship Program. Early- and mid-career researchers whose work is focused on enhancing the learning and development of children and youth throughout the world are eligible for the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program, a highly competitive fellowship program.
Education sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, behavioral science, computer science, pedagogy, linguistics, neurosciences, and science of learning are a few of the pertinent fields.
Particularly encouraged to apply are scholars who seek to combine multiple levels of analysis and engage
in interdisciplinary work. A special focus lies on work to understand and embrace variability in learning;
promote the generation, transfer, and practical application of evidence on human learning and
development or increase the capacity to scale up effective education policies and practices.
The Jacobs Foundation is especially interested in the following questions:
How do variations in individuals and contextual factors influence learning and development
and learning outcomes?
How can we design for learner variability at scale to enable all children to reach their
potential as learners and in life?
How can we produce interventions that reduce growing inequalities in children’s learning
and overcome disparities in the impacts of digital technologies?
How can we address the role of data to help learners and teachers make informed decisions
about their learning and teaching?
The funding amount is up to CHF 150,000. In addition to providing fellows with independent
and competitive funding, the programme offers a wide range of non-financial benefits.
The ideal candidate:
- has obtained his/her PhD or equivalent degree within the past 10 years;
- is employed at an institution of higher education or research institute;
- is conducting high-quality research in an area of interest to the Jacobs Foundation;
- is committed to engaging with the Jacobs Foundation and the Fellowship Network and
contributing to the Foundation’s activities.
The following selection criteria are weighted equally:
Past research accomplishments and publication record
Creativity and potential for serving as a leader in the scientific community
Scientific quality of methods and data
International relevance of the fellow’s planned work
Potential for promoting human development and learning
Alignment of planned projects with the goals of the Jacobs Foundation
Willingness to support the Foundation’s aims and to engage with us
- Applications must be completed by January 15, 2023, 23.59 CET. After this time, the submission of
applications will no longer be possible.
- Three additional documents must be submitted:
- To be uploaded in connection with the application form:
- The candidate’s curriculum vitae, including a list of the candidate’s scientific
- A published scientific paper by the candidate
- To be sent separately to the Jacobs Foundation:
- A 1-page recommendation letter from a senior researcher, within or outside of
the candidate’s department, supporting the candidate and describing his/her
qualifications, initiative, and research. This letter should be sent directly
- Recommendation letters have to be sent by January 15, 2023, 23.59 CET.
Incomplete applications and applications not submitted via the online application form will not be