Postdoc Positions in Multiple Disciplinary Areas (Switzerland) Deadline: Mar. 17, 2019

Jacobs Foundation

Application Deadline

Mar.17, 2019

Program Commencement

Jan.01, 2020

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is a globally competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers from all scholarly disciplines. 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’s thematic priorities include, but is not limited to educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, and medical sciences. 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.

Funds from Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships are awarded directly to the fellow’s institution and may be used over a three-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.

Besides providing fellows with independent and competitive funding, the program offers a wide range of non-financial benefits. Fellows are encouraged to interact with each other and organize in regional and/or topical groups, retreats and workshops. Networking and alumni events will enrich the fellowships.

There are two fellowship categories:

  1. Jacob’s Early Career Research Fellowship, and 
  2. Jacob’s Advanced Research Fellowship.

Details here.

Eligibility/ Requirements

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.

The selection is based on:

  • 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.

Application Process

The following two documents must be submitted online in one PDF document until 17 March 2019, 23.59 CET:

  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae including a list of the candidate’s scientific publications;
  • A statement by the candidate describing his or her significant scientific work and immediate research plans, and how these relate to the mission of the Jacobs Foundation (2 pages, 10pt, incl. references).

A confidential recommendation letter from a department head or other senior researcher supporting the candidate and describing his or her qualifications, initiative, and research, should be sent directly to

After review of preliminary applications, a selected number of candidates will be asked to submit a detailed full application by 30 June 2019. Candidates will be interviewed via Skype in September 2019, and selected candidates will be notified in December 2019.

Please submit your application using the Online Application Form 2020-2022

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

More information here.


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