The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship Programme 466 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, an annual report that monitors progress in education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), together with Open Society Foundations, is inviting academic researchers and research-oriented policy makers, particularly those from developing countries, to apply for the 2019 GEM Report Fellowship programme, expected to commence January 2020. The fellowship aims to strengthen the evidence base on education, particularly in emerging economies, build research capacity in education, and reinforce the links between research, policy, and practice in education. Around 3 fellows will be selected by the GEM Report team each year.

Fellows will be supported to carry out studies in the area of international and comparative education with a special focus on:

  • utilizing the GEM Report’s data resources, especially those of the household and school surveys linked to the World Inequality in Education database, to strengthen analyses of global, regional and national education trends on issues of access, equity, inclusion and quality;
  • strengthening the content of the GEM Report with respect to coverage of important issues at the regional and national level, through evidence-based analyses of educational policy and practice;
  • helping advance the SDG 4 monitoring agenda, especially on issues related to the global and thematic indicator framework highlighted in previous reports; and
  • supporting the themes of forthcoming GEM reports, i.e. inclusive education in 2020 (including a special focus on (i) disability (ii) Latin America) and the role of non-state actors in education in 2021.

Fellows’ main responsibilities are to: 1) Complete a relevant background paper for the upcoming GEM Report or other Report projects; and 2) Participate in GEM Report team activities to ensure a close fit between the research and the objectives of the team and to further develop the research in line with the needs of the international education agenda and policy makers at the national, regional and global level.


Each fellowship will last between 6 months to 1 year, commencing January 2020, with 1 month spent in Paris. Fellows will be provided with:

  • A stipend (up to US$25,000) for the duration of the fellowship (up to 1 year) and full travel costs for at least 1 month to be spent in Paris;
  • A mentor from the team of GEM Report researchers. The GEM Report staff will allocate 3 to 5 hours per week to mentor and guide the fellows when they are in residence in Paris, and 2 hours per week while they are based in their home country; and
  • A desk and computer during their stay at the GEM Report team office, in the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Fellows will work with the GEM Report team’s specialists to conduct research and analysis of education data with a primary focus on SDG 4, the global education goal. The fellowships will help build new skills and deepen the participants’ capacity. Learning from their experience with the team, the fellows will also be able to participate in and influence the work of the GEM Report. Fellows are expected to be part of a GEM Report fellowship network.


Applicants should be exceptional individuals who have quantitative research skills, demonstrate a potential for transformational impact in their domain, and share a commitment to providing more people with better educational opportunities. Preference will be given to candidates from low and middle-income countries

Applicants may be from research institutions, universities, government agencies or professional organisations. They should have an advanced degree in education, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, demography, statistics, psychometrics or other related fields, with experience in policy analysis in an academic/research or a national/international agency setting. Applicants with a PhD. and a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals will have an advantage. They should be committed to engaging with diverse audiences. Preference will be given to proposals with a clear comparative element.

Experience in organising projects in research and/or policy contexts is desired, as is experience with education systems in low, middle or high income countries. Those with contacts within the education policy community are preferred.

They need to possess 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. They also have to be fluent in 1 of the 2 UNESCO official languages of English and French and the capacity to draft to a
high standard in English.

The research proposal should address an important policy topic in relation to the upcoming GEM Report from a novel perspective. It should place the work within the current policy debate on SDG 4, the international education goal, and briefly describe the potential contribution this research will make to the field of education and to policy making.


Applications are to be submitted via email by 29 September 2019.

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