Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program

A globally competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers

Highly talented and innovative young scholars and mid-career researchers working on child and youth development advance their research with a Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship, which will improve the development and living conditions of children and youth.

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is a globally competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers from all scholarly disciplines.

A three-year grant allows Fellows to concentrate on their research projects related to children and youth. Scholars who engage in interdisciplinary work on individual development and learning of children and youth, and who seek to combine genetic, epigenetic, neurobiological, behavioral and social levels of analysis, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Through their interactions with one another and the Jacobs Foundation, Fellows have the opportunity to build long-term international networks and make use of other non-financial benefits the program offers, such as short-term group residencies, workshops, and alumni events.

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Independent and Competitive Funding: Jacobs Early Career
Research Fellowship
Jacobs Advanced
Research Fellowship
Target GroupHighly talented young scholars.

The Ideal candidate has obtained his/her PhD no more than 7 years ago.
Most innovative mid-career researchers.

The Ideal candidate has obtained his/her PhD no more than 15 years ago.
Funding amount150,000 CHF400,000 CHF
Funding period3 years3 years
Number of fellowships per year7–112–3
Funds may be used to cover own salaryYes, up to 50%Yes, up to 25%
Overhead / indirect costsup to 10% of total amountup to 10% of total amount

The selection criteria are weighted equally.

  • Past research accomplishments and publication record
  • Creativity and potential to become a leader in the scientific community
  • Scientific quality: methods and data
  • International relevance of the fellow’s planned work
  • Potential for application in supporting human development and learning
  • Alignment of planned projects with the goals of the Jacobs Foundation
  • Willingness to identify with the Foundation’s aims and to engage with us

The program addresses early- and mid-career researchers from all scholarly disciplines contributing to improving the living conditions of children and youth and/or to one of the Foundation’s thematic priorities. Each year between seven and eleven fellowships are awarded to young scholars who have earned their PhD no more than seven years ago. Two or three fellowships go to mid-career researchers who earned their PhD no more than 15 years ago.

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