Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2019/2022 for Research on Child and Youth Development.

Application Deadline: 17 March 2019, 23.59 CET.

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.

Fellowships are awarded to the most highly talented and innovative young scholars and mid-career researchers. 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.

Scholars who engage in interdisciplinary work on individual development and learning of children and youth, and who seek to combine multiple 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 organize in regional and/or topical groups, retreats and workshops. Networking and alumni events will enrich the fellowships.

Fellowship Categories

Independent and Competitive Funding: Jacobs Early Career
Research Fellowship
Jacobs Advanced
Research Fellowship
Target GroupHighly talented young scholars.

The Ideal candidate has obtained his/her PhD no more than 7 years ago.
Most innovative mid-career researchers.

The Ideal candidate has obtained his/her PhD no more than 15 years ago.
Funding amount150,000 CHF400,000 CHF
Funding period3 years3 years
Number of fellowships per year7–112–3
Funds may be used to cover own salaryYes, up to 50%Yes, up to 25%
Overhead / indirect costsup to 10% of total amountup to 10% of total amount

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria are weighted equally.

  • Past research accomplishments and publication record
  • Creativity and potential to become a leader in the scientific community
  • Scientific quality: methods and data
  • International relevance of the fellow’s planned work
  • Potential for application in supporting human development and learning
  • Alignment of planned projects with the goals of the Jacobs Foundation
  • Willingness to identify with the Foundation’s aims and to engage with us

How to Apply

The following two documents must be submitted online in one PDF document until 17 March 2019, 23.59 CET 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 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 [email protected].

After review of preliminary applications, a selected number of candidates will be asked to submit a detailed full application by 30 June 2019. Candidates will be interviewed via Skype in September 2019, and selected candidates will be notified in December 2019.

Please submit your application using the Online Application Form 2020-2022

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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2019/2022


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