Lifespan research examines the gradual and systematic changes in behavior that take place over the course of a person’s life. By observing such changes, scientists are able to draw valuable conclusions about child and youth development.
Since 2007, the Jacobs Foundation has been funding nine doctoral students at the University of Zurich who are participating in “The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics” (LIFE), a program run by the International Max Planck Research School. The LIFE fellowship program is offered at five locations: the Center of Educational Research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Freie Universität Berlin; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; the University of Michigan; the University of Virginia; and the University of Zurich.
To be eligible for a LIFE fellowship, applicants must hold a master’s or equivalent degree in psychology. They must also have strong research interests and skills.
The third group of LIFE Fellows supported by the Jacobs Foundation is working on the following topics:
- Healthy aging
- Social-cognitive factors in changes in health behavior
- The development of goal representations over the life course
“LIFE Academies” are held twice a year at one of the program sites, providing training and dissertation support for the Fellows. Fellows also have the opportunity for international networking with other doctoral students and leading experts in the field of lifespan research.