Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2021 for Early and Mid-career Researchers (Funded)

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2021 for Early and Mid-career Researchers (Funded)

Deadline: January 11, 2021

Applications are open for the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2021. The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is a globally competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers whose work is dedicated to improving the development, learning, and living conditions of children and youth.

Fellowships are awarded to highly talented and innovative early and mid-career researchers who have received their PhD within the past 10 years. The relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, education sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political science, linguistics, neurosciences, and medical sciences.


  • Funding from Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships is awarded directly to the fellow’s institution and may be used by the fellow over a three-year period to cover 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

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

Selection Criteria

The following selection criteria are weighted equally:

  • Past research accomplishments and publication record.
  • Creativity and potential for serving as a leader in the scientific community.
  • Scientific quality of methods and data.
  • 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 them.


Three additional documents must be submitted:

  • To be uploaded in connection with the application form:
    • The candidate’s curriculum vitae, including a list of the candidate’s scientific publications
    • A published scientific paper by the candidate
  • To be sent separately to the Jacobs Foundation:
    • A 1-page recommendation letter from a enior researcher, within or outside of the candidate’s department, supporting the candidate and describing his/her qualifications, initiative, and research. This letter should be sent directly to [email protected]

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For more information, visit Jacobs Foundation.