UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship Program 2021 (up to US $19,500)

UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship Program 2021 (up to US $19,500)

Deadline: January 11, 2021

Applications are open for the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship Program 2021. The GEM Report Fellowship Program supports researchers who aim to bring a fresh perspective to comparative and international education.

It offers an opportunity to be part of a select group of researchers and scholars who are advancing knowledge in this field, while working with the GEM Report team. The 2021 Fellowship Program is the third round and new fellows will join a growing community.

Main Responsibilities

  • Complete a relevant background paper for the upcoming GEM Report or other Report projects. The background paper should be based on original and previously unpublished analysis. Data can be drawn from multiple sources including national or cross-national learning or literacy assessments and household, school or labour force surveys. The background paper should include policy recommendations.
  • Participate in GEM Report team activities to ensure a close fit between the research and the objectives of the team and to further explore and develop the research in line with the needs of the international education agenda and policy makers at the national, regional and global level.


The GEM Report team will provide:

  • A stipend (up to US$19,500) for the duration of the fellowship (up to 11 months).
  • A mentor from the team of GEM Report researchers. The GEM Report staff will allocate 2-3 hours per week to remotely mentor and guide the fellows.


  • Applicant should have an advanced university degree in education, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, demography, statistics, psychometrics or other related fields.
  • Proven experience in policy analysis in an academic/research or national/international agency setting.
  • Proven experience in organising projects in research and/or policy contexts.
  • Contacts within the education policy community would be an advantage.
  • Experience with education systems in low, middle or high income countries.
  • Sound knowledge of and proven experience in the application of statistical techniques involving large-scale survey data. Experience using statistical analysis software such as Mplus, R, STATA, SPSS or SAS would be an asset.
  • Fluency in one of the two UNESCO working languages (English and French) and the capacity to draft to a high standard in English.


Applicants will need to provide the following information:

  • CV in UNESCO format
  • One page with brief project title, abstract (150 words), duration, budget
  • Project proposal (maximum 5 pages / 2500 words) with the following information:
    • research question/aim of the project
    • relevance to the GEM Report
    • proposed data and methodology
    • timeline and resources

To apply email [email protected] Only submissions with a complete project proposal will be considered.

For more information, visit GEM Report Fellowship.