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A Global Fellowship Program to Promote Research on Child and Youth Development

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is a globally competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers whose work is dedicated to improving the development, learning, and living conditions of children and youth. The relevant disciplines include but are not limited to, education sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political science, linguistics, neurosciences, and medical sciences.

Fellowships are awarded to highly talented and innovative early and mid-career researchers who have received their PhD within the past 10 years. Funding from Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships is awarded directly to the fellow’s institution and may be used by the fellow over a three-year period to cover a portion of the fellow’s salary and for any purpose in support of the fellow’s research, such as assistants’ salaries, equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, or trainee support.

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 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


Target Group: Highly talented early career researchers.

The ideal candidate has received his/her PhD or equivalent degree within the past 10 years.

Funding amount: CHF 150’000

Funding period: 3 years

Number of fellowships per year: Up to 12

Use of funds to cover the fellow's salary: Up to 50% of the grant amount

Funding of overhead / indirect costs: Up to 10% of the total amount of funding (i.e. CHF 15’000) in addition to the basic grant

Additional funding: Fellows may apply for additional funding at the end of the fellowship to conduct further projects with a focus on evidence to action and scientific capacity building.



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