Fully Funded Fellowship from UNESCO in France for Researchers in Education 2020

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UNESCO is offering the Global Education Monitoring Report Fellowship in France, which is an evidence-based annual report that monitors progress in education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with special focus on SDG 4 on education. Although independent, it is hosted and published by UNESCO and is widely recognized as indispensable advocacy and technical tool serving the international community. It draws on the latest data and on evidence from a wide array of sources leading to recommendations on how to accelerate progress towards achieving the international education targets. Each report has two parts: one focusing on monitoring the international education targets and one focusing on a theme, which is selected jointly with its Advisory Board. The themes of the first three reports were education and the other development goals (2016), accountability (2017/8) and migration and displacement (2019). Fellowships will be open to exceptional individuals who have quantitative research skills, demonstrate a potential for transformational impact in their domain, and share a commitment to provide more people with better educational opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be opened to all nationalities, however, the selection committee will look favorably at applications from individuals from low and middle-income countries. Calls for proposals will be issued twice a year and published through all relevant UNESCO and partner networks. Applicants will apply online. 

A Successful Proposal Will:

  1. Explain the policy areas of interest, spell out the policy questions to be addressed, and indicate how the research will promote access, equity, inclusion and quality in education systems.
  2. Show why GEM Report resources and research areas (thematic or geographic) are particularly well suited to address those questions.
  3. Show how the research relates to monitoring issues highlighted in past GEM reports or thematic issues of future GEM reports.
  4. Applicants will be required to provide three references to support their application. The final output will be a research report of publishable quality.

Selection criteria:

The fellowship program will support individuals who have experience with quantitative research methods, including in the use of large-scale surveys, and strong policy orientation, seeking to use research findings to inform policymakers and other education stakeholders. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics. Applicants may be working at research institutions, universities, government agencies or professional organizations. A Ph.D. and a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals will be an advantage.  A commitment from the applicant to engage with diverse audiences will also be considered positively. Preference will be given to proposals with a clear comparative element.


  1. Each fellowship will last between six months to one year, depending on the work to be carried out, with one month spent in Paris. The GEM Report team will provide:
  2. A stipend (up to US$25,000) for the duration of the fellowship (up to one year) and full travel costs for at least one month to be spent in Paris for each of the fellows
  3. A mentor from the team of GEM Report researchers. The GEM Report staff will allocate 3-5 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
  4. A desk and computer during their stay at the GEM Report team office, in the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender
Research, Education

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Graduate Students, Young Professionals
Full funding
Opportunity Coverage
Travel costs, Accommodation, Participation fees, Other
Opportunity will take place in
Required Documents
CV, Research Proposal

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Political Science and International Relations, Educational Science
Educational Level
Required Languages
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