Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2020 for Early-career Researchers (Funding available)

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2020 for Early-career Researchers (Funding available)

Deadline: March 16, 2020

Applications for the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2020 are now open. The Fellowship is a globally competitive fellowship program for early 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 early career scholars. 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.


  • 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.


  • Open to researchers from any country.
  • Applicants must have completed their PhD at the time of application.
  • At the start of the fellowship candidates must be employed at a university or other research institution, but they do not need to have a permanent contract or a full-time position. The fellowship funds must be administered by the relevant university or research institution.


The following documents are to be uploaded in connection with the application form:

  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae, including a list of the candidate’s scientific publications
  • A scientific paper by the candidate

To following is to be sent separately to the Jacobs Foundation:

  • A 1-page recommendation letter from a department head or other senior researcher supporting the candidate and describing his/her qualifications, initiative, and research. This letter should be sent directly to [email protected]

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