Jacobs Foundation Global Research Fellowship Programme 2023 (up to CHF 150,000)

Deadline: January 15, 2023

Applications for the Jacobs Foundation Global Research Fellowship Programme 2023 are now open. The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Programme is a globally competitive fellowship programme for early and mid-career researchers whose work is dedicated to improving the learning and development of children and youth worldwide.

The relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, education sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, behavioral science, computer science, pedagogy, linguistics, neurosciences, and science of learning.

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.

Selection Criteria

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 publications
    • 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 to [email protected].
      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 considered.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship.

By Bello

Ismail Bello is a content creator and enthusiast who is passionate about youth development.