Jacob Foundation Research Fellowship on Child and Youth Development

Deadline: 15 April 2015
Open to: young scholars and mid-career researchers
Fellowship: covers salary and any activity supporting the Fellow’s research


The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is the only internationally open, competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers focusing on child and youth development. Fellowships are awarded to the most highly talented and innovative young scholars and mid-career researchers.

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.


Applicants should to be highly talented and innovative young scholars and mid-career researchers working on child and youth development.


Funds from Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships are awarded directly to the Fellow’s institution and may be used over a three-year period by the Fellow to partially cover the Fellow’s salary and for any activity supporting the Fellow’s research, such as assistant salaries, equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, or trainee support.

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 documents must be submitted online in one PDF document until 15 April 2015 for an eligible candidate to be considered for a Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship:

  • A letter from a department head or other senior researcher supporting the candidate and describing his or her qualifications, initiative, and research;
  • 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.

After review of preliminary applications, a selected number of candidates will be asked to submit a detailed application until 15 July 2015. Candidates will be interviewed via Skype in September 2015, and selected candidates will be notified in November 2015. Please submit the requested documents using the online application form. Incomplete applications and applications not submitted via the online application form will not be considered.

For more information, please check the offiacial web-site.

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