Global Fellowship for Research on Child and Youth Development

Deadline: 31 August 2016
Open to: young scholars and mid-career researchers working on child and youth development
Fellowship: CHF 150,000-400,000 per 3 years/ approx. EUR 137, 000- 365, 000 per 3 years


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.

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.

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

  • Science of Learning;
  • Early Education;
  • Rural Livelihoods.


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.

Jacobs Early Career Research Fellowship:

  • Highly talented young scholars working on child and youth development;
  • The ideal candidate has obtained his/her PhD no more than 7 years ago.

Jacobs Advanced Research Fellowship:

  • Most innovative mid-career researchers working on child and youth development;
  • The ideal candidate has obtained his/her PhD no more than 15 years ago.


  • Jacobs Early Career Research Fellowship in the amount of CHF 150,000 per 3 years;
  • Jacobs Advanced Research Fellowship in the amount of CHF 400,000 per 3 years.

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.

How to apply?

The following two documents must be submitted online in one PDF document until 15 April 2016:

  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae including a list of the candidate’s scientific publications;
  • 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.

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 [email protected].

For more information please visit the official website.

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