2017/19 Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships Program

2017/19 Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships Program

Deadline: April 15, 2016

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. 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.


  • Funding amount of 150,000CHF – 400,000CHF lasting for a three year period.
  • 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.


  • Open to 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.
  • Jacobs Early Career Research Fellowship – for 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 – for 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.

Application Process

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Submit the following two documents online in one PDF document:
    • 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, and how these relate to the mission of the Jacobs Foundation.
  • 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 July 15, 2016. Candidates will be interviewed via Skype in September 2016, and selected candidates will be notified in November 2016.

For more information, visit Jacobs Foundation Fellowships.