Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship

APPLY: Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships, 2018-2020 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: March 31, 2017


Call for Applications Fellowship Program 2018-2020

How to Apply

Applications for the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2018-2020 are now being accepted by the Foundation. The following two documents must be submitted online in one PDF document until 31 March 2017 for an eligible candidate to be considered for a Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship:


  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae including a list of the candidate’s scientific publications;
  • A two-page statement by the candidate describing his or her significant scientific work and immediate research plans, and how these relate to the mission of the Jacobs Foundation (2 pages, 10pt, incl. references).


A confidential recommendation letter from a department head or other senior researcher supporting the candidate and describing his or her qualifications, initiative, and research, should be sent directly to fellowship@jacobsfoundation.org.


After review of preliminary applications, a selected number of candidates will be asked to submit a detailed full application by 30 June 2017. Candidates will be interviewed via Skype in September 2017, and selected candidates will be notified in November 2017.


Incomplete applications and applications not submitted via the online application form will not be considered



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A Global Fellowship Program for Research on Child and Youth Development

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is a globally competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers aiming at improving the development and living conditions of children and youth or contributing to one of the Jacobs Foundation’s thematic priorities. This includes, but is not limited to educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, and medical sciences.


Scholars who engage in interdisciplinary work on individual development and learning of children and youth, and who seek to combine genetic, epigenetic, neurobiological, behavioral and social levels of analysis, are particularly encouraged to apply.


Besides providing Fellows with independent and competitive funding, the program offers a wide range of non-financial benefits. Fellows are encouraged to interact with each other and make use of the Jacobs Foundation’s Conference Center Marbach Castle at Lake Constance (Germany) for short-term group residencies and workshops. Networking and alumni events will enrich the fellowships



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Independent and Competitive Funding: Fellowship Categories

Selection Criteria

Fellows are selected on the basis of their research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to the field of child and youth development. International relevance of the fellow’s planned work, the alignment of planned projects with the goals of the Jacobs Foundation, and the willingness to identify with our aims and to engage actively with us will also be selection criteria.


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Focus of the Program

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship addresses all scholarly disciplines contributing to improving the living conditions of children and youth and/or to one of the Foundation’s thematic priorities as described below.


In the years 2016–2020 the Jacobs Foundation will focus on three thematic priorities:

Within our thematic priority “Science of Learning,” we explore the frontiers of individualized learning and intervention. We do this by generating research insights and innovation related to the biological, technological, psychological, and pedagogical dimensions of learning.
We are interested in research on the biological bases of skill acquisition and development of children and youth and their consequences for learning environments and institutions. We want to understand how new technology can optimize learning — whether it occurs in the informal setting of the playground, the more formal setting of a school, or in the family.


Within our thematic priority “Early Education,” we help to formulate comprehensive early education policies in Switzerland and other European countries. We do this by developing systematic programs designed to promote equal opportunity at the school-entry level and emphasizing the societal returns of education.

Within our thematic priority “Rural Livelihoods,” we work to improve the lives of the rural population of Côte D’Ivoire, both today and in the future. We do this by nurturing an ecosystem of private and public stakeholders dedicated to the common goal of enhancing educational quality.


Jacobs Foundation
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CH-8034 Zürich



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