Jacobs Research Fellowship Program focusing on Development of Children and Youth Worldwide

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Deadline: 16-Jan-22

The Jacobs Foundation is now calling for applications for the Jacobs Research Fellowship Program. The Program is a globally competitive fellowship for early and mid-career researchers whose work is dedicated to improving the learning and development of children and youth worldwide.

Fellowships are awarded to highly talented and innovative early and mid-career researchers who have received their PhD within the past 10 years from a range of disciplines.

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 they design for learner variability at scale to enable all children to reach their potential as learners and in life?
  • How can they produce interventions that reduce growing inequalities in children’s learning and overcome disparities in the impacts of digital technologies?
  • How can they address the role of data to help learners and teachers make informed decisions about their learning and teaching?
  • What school-level learning approaches, environments, and experiences are effective in improving learning outcomes in heterogeneous student groups?

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.

In addition to providing fellows with independent and competitive funding, the program offers a wide range of non-financial benefits.

Funding Information
  • Funding amount: CHF 150’000
  • Funding period: 3 years
Eligibility Criteria

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 them

For more information, visit https://jacobsfoundation.org/en/call-for-jacobs-research-fellowship-applications/

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