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 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.
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?
- What school-level learning approaches, environments, and experiences are effective in improving learning outcomes in heterogeneous student groups?
This scholarship is awarded to highly talented and innovative early and mid-career researchers who have received their Ph.D. 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.
The background for the Jacob’s Center is based on how individuals transition from childhood to adolescence and then to adulthood, they face a number of social and occupational challenges. These transitions are a focus of research at the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development, which is located at the University of Zurich. The Jacobs Center, an innovative, interdisciplinary, and international institution, conducts theory-based empirical research that takes into account individual, institutional and social influences.
First established in 2003 as a joint venture of the Jacobs Foundation and the University of Zurich.
- Only individuals who have earned their Ph.D. in the last 10 years may apply. If an individual applying does not have a Ph.D. they should not apply because their application will be dismissed.
- Must be an individual who is employed at an institution of higher education or research institute. If the individual is not, their application will be ignored.
- Must be an individual who is or plans on conducting high-quality research in an area of interest to the Jacobs Foundation.
- The individual applying must be committed to engaging with the Jacobs Foundation and the Fellowship Network and contributing to the Foundation’s activities. If the individual is not and receives the scholarship, the scholarship will be taken away and provided to another who will follow the rules.
- The individual will more than likely be an older adult after graduating with a Ph.D. which takes 4 plus years to complete.
The only way the judges will select the right candidate is by making sure that the individual has presented past research, their accomplishments, and provides a publication record of their research. If the individual does not have this, they should not apply for the fellowship scholarship since their application will be ignored.
The individual must have shown in the past creative merit and show that they intend on providing the real potential to serve as a leader in the scientific community.
The fellow individual must provide structure or an outline towards providing a potential guide for promoting human development and learning.
As well as, showing international relevance of the fellowship’s planned work, alignment of planned projects with the goals of the Jacobs Foundation, and Willingness to support the Foundation’s aims and to engage with the center.
How to Apply
To apply all individuals need to select the “Post Application,” option available on the website.
Afterward, the person needs to register an account with the Spigit website. Then the next step would be to fill in the online application form. Applicants can save their applications at any time and finish later.
The extra pieces of information that will be needed before submitting the application will be:
- The candidate’s curriculum vitae, including a list of the candidate’s scientific publications
- A published scientific paper by the candidate
- A 1-page recommendation letter from a senior researcher, within or outside of the candidate’s department, supporting the candidate and describing their qualifications, initiative, and research. This letter should be sent directly to [email protected]
Reward – Extra Benefits
The reward is being able to work with a youth development center (Jacob’s Center) to provide a global impact to provide the necessary research to improve childhood development through science.
There are many non-financial benefits available for the individuals who are accepted. This fellowship will be awarded to two people who have applied and are qualified for this fellowship scholarship.
The reward aspect does cover the fellowship scholarship institution’s cost and may be used by the individual over a three-year period to cover a portion of salary and for any purpose in support of the intended research. Such as hiring assistants and their salaries to equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, or trainee support.
In addition to providing recipients with independent and competitive funding, the program offers a wide range of non-financial benefits including access to the Jacobs Network. The Network is designed to strengthen ties to the Foundation and encourage members of the various disciplines to communicate and interact with one another, share their thinking and way of working.
This will allow recipients to complete their research work while being able to competitively work with other programs that have the same common goal – youth development from developing countries that deserves needed attention. This is a global-based fellowship scholarship intended for doctors.
January 16, 2022, is the official deadline date currently available.
Open Window Submission
The open window submission is from late August 2021 – January 16, 2022. The next open submission window will be from late August 2022 – January 16, 2023.
This is an annual fellowship scholarship program that has occurred since 2015. There has never been a change in deadline date since then.