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The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, formerly known as the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR), is an editorially independent, authoritative, and evidence-based annual report that monitors progress in education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have been adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with special focus on SDG 4 on education.

Its mandate was established in the Incheon Declaration of the World Education Forum in May 2015. The Education 2030 Framework for Action defined this mandate for the GEM Report as the mechanism “for monitoring and reporting on SDG 4 and on education in the other SDGs” and for reporting “on the implementation of national and international strategies to help hold all relevant partners to account for their commitments”.

The GEM Report Fellowship Programme supports researchers who aim to bring a fresh perspective to comparative and international education. It offers an opportunity to be part of a select group of researchers and scholars who are advancing knowledge in this field, while working with the GEM Report team. The 2021 Fellowship Programme is the third round and new fellows will join a growing community.

Selection criteria

Research proposals will be selected according to their originality, potential to influence the

international education agenda, and scientific rigour. Proposals should aim to produce one

background paper for the GEM Report team, which would be either linked to the forthcoming report and its theme or to other projects that support the Report’s objectives. The outputs may also include other deliverables, ranging from databases and programmes to materials to communicate the findings and help reach out to policymakers at the national, regional or global level. Preference will be given to proposals with a clear comparative element.

In particular, the GEM Report Fellowship Programme research proposals may be:

  • utilizing the GEM Report’s data resources, notably those household and school surveys linked to the World Inequality Database on Education, to strengthen analyses of global, regional and national education trends on issues of access, equity, inclusion, quality and learning;

  • strengthening the content of the GEM Report with respect to its coverage of important issues at the global, regional and national level, through evidence-based analyses of education policy and practice;

  • advancing the SDG 4 monitoring agenda, especially on issues related to the global and thematic indicator framework that have been highlighted in previous reports;

  • supporting the themes of forthcoming GEM reports, i.e. the 2023 report on technology.

Main responsibilities

  • Complete a relevant background paper for the upcoming GEM Report or other Report projects. The background paper should be based on the original and previously unpublished analysis. Data can be drawn from multiple sources including national or cross-national learning or literacy assessments and household, school or labour force surveys. The background paper should include policy recommendations.

  • Participate in GEM Report team activities to ensure a close fit between the research and the objectives of the team and to further explore and develop the research in line with the needs of the international education agenda and policymakers at the national, regional and global level.

Experience and qualifications

Academic background:

• An advanced university degree in education, sociology, economics, political science,

psychology, demography, statistics, psychometrics or other related fields.

Professional background:

• Proven experience in policy analysis in an academic/research or national/international

agency setting.

• Proven experience in organising projects in research and/or policy contexts.

• Contacts within the education policy community would be an advantage

• Experience with education systems in low, middle or high-income countries.


• Sound knowledge of and proven experience in the application of statistical techniques

involving large-scale survey data. Experience using statistical analysis software such as

Mplus, R, STATA, SPSS or SAS would be an asset.


• Fluency in one of the two UNESCO working languages (English and French) and the

capacity to draft to a high standard in English.

GEM Report team support to Fellows

The work will be carried out remotely. Each fellowship will last between 6 and 11 months, depending on the work to be carried out. The GEM Report team will provide:

• A stipend (up to US$19,500) for the duration of the fellowship (up to 11 months).

• A mentor from the team of GEM Report researchers. The GEM Report staff will allocate 2-3

hours per week to remotely mentor and guide the fellows.


Applicants will need to provide the following information:

• CV in UNESCO format

• One page with brief project title, abstract (150 words), duration, budget

• Project proposal (maximum 5 pages / 2500 words) with the following information:

o research question/aim of the project

o relevance to the GEM Report

o proposed data and methodology

o timeline and resources

To apply email gemreport.fellowship@unesco.org.


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