Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program for Early Career Researchers

Applications are currently welcome for the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program to Promote Research on Child and Youth Development.

Early- and mid-career researchers whose work is focused on enhancing the learning and development of children and youth around the world are eligible for the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program, a highly competitive fellowship program. Education sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, behavioral science, computer science, pedagogy, linguistics, neurosciences, and the science of learning are a few of the pertinent fields.


The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships grant money directly to the recipient’s university, and recipients have three years to spend it any way they see fit.

  • 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 ideal candidate

  • 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;
  • has obtained his/her PhD or equivalent degree within the past 10 years;
  • is committed to engaging with the Jacobs Foundation and the Fellowship Network and contributing to the Foundation’s activities.

Selection Criteria

The following selection factors are equally weighted:

  • Past research accomplishments and publication record
  • Creativity and potential for serving as a leader in the scientific community
  • Scientific quality of methods and data
  • The 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 us
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Application Process

Applicants are to submit the following items in English:

  • 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 his/her qualifications, initiative, and research.

Deadline: January 15, 2023.

For more information on Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program, visit the official site.

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