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Call For Applications 2021 – Deadline for submission: January 11, 2021

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is a globally competitive fellowship program for early career researchers aiming at improving the development and living conditions of children and youth. This includes, but is not limited to, educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, and medical sciences.


 Target Group Highly talented early career researchers.
 The ideal candidate has received his/her PhD or equivalent degree within the past 10 years.
 Funding amount CHF 150ā€™000
 Funding period 3 years
 Number of fellowships per   year Up to 12
 Use of funds to cover the   fellow’s salary  Up to 50% of the grant amount
 Funding of overhead /   indirect costs Up to 10% of the total amount of funding (i.e. CHF 15ā€™000) in addition to the basic grant 
 Additional funding Fellows may apply for additional funding at the end of the fellowship to conduct further projects with a focus on   evidence to action and scientific capacity building.

Please note that the Jacobs Foundation is no longer offering an Advanced Research Fellowship.

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The ideal candidate

  • has obtained his/her PhD or equivalent degreeĀ 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 theĀ Jacobs Foundation;
  • is committed to engaging with the Jacobs Foundation and the Fellowship Network and contributing to the Foundationā€™s activities.


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 fellowā€™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 Foundationā€™s aims and to engage with us


Technical information:

  1. Click on Post Application.
  2. Register on the Spigit website to gain access. If you already have an account, sign in directly.
  3. Fill in the online application form. You may save your application at any time and finish later.
  4. Applications must be completed by January 11, 2021, 23.59 CET. After this time, the application form will automatically close.

Three additional documents must be submitted:

To be uploaded in connection with the application form:

  • The candidateā€™s curriculum vitae, including a list of the candidateā€™s scientific publications
  • published scientific paper by the candidate

To be sent separately to the Jacobs Foundation:

  • 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

    Recommendation letters have to be sent by January 11, 2021, 23.59 CET.

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

Please have a look at the FAQs and Application tips here.

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