Jacobs Foundation Research Funding in Child and Youth Development 640 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships support early and mid-career researchers focusing on the development and living conditions of children and youth or on 1 of the Jacobs Foundation’s thematic priorities, which include, but are not limited to: educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, and medical sciences.

There are 2 Fellowship categories: 1) Jacobs Early Career Research Fellowship, and 2) Jacobs Advanced Research Fellowship. Between 7 and 11 Early Career Fellowships will be awarded for 2020-2022, while 2 to 3 Advanced Research Fellowships will be awarded for 2020-2022.


Funds from Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships are awarded directly to the Fellow’s institution and may be used over a 3-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. The grant amount for Early Career Research Fellows is CHF 150,000 while that for Advanced Research Fellows is CHF 400,000. The grant may be used to cover up to 50% of an Early Career Research Fellow’s salary and up to 25% of an Advanced Research Fellow’s salary.

Non-financial benefits include the opportunity of interaction with peers through networking and alumni events, and the availability of the Jacobs Foundation’s Conference Center Marbach Castle at Lake Constance, Germany for short-term group residencies and workshops.



Applicants for Early Career Research Fellowships should be highly-talented young scholars who obtained their PhD, preferably, no more than 7 years ago. Applicants for the Advanced Research Fellowships must be innovative mid-career researchers who obtained their PhD, ideally, no more than 15 years ago.

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.

Fellows will be selected on the basis of their research accomplishments and publication record, creativity and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to the field of child and youth development. International relevance of the Fellow’s planned work, the alignment of planned projects with the goals of the Jacobs Foundation, and the willingness to identify with the aims of and to engage actively with the Jacobs Foundation will also be taken into consideration.




Applications are to be submitted online by 17 March 2019.

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