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UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Reporting Fellowship (Funded to Paris, France) 2018

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The GEM Report Fellowship programme, supported by OSI, 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. As such, the 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.

Application Deadline: 28th September 2018 (midnight, Paris time)

Eligible Countries: International. Candidates from low and middle income countries will be preferred

To Be Taken At (Country): One month in Paris, France

About the Award: The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, formerly known as the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR), is an editorially independent, authoritative, and evidence-based annual report that monitors progress in education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have been adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with special focus on SDG 4 on education. Its mandate was established in the Incheon Declaration of the World Education Forum in May 2015. The Education 2030 Framework for Action defined this mandate for the GEM Report as the mechanism for monitoring and reporting on SDG 4 and on education in the other SDGs” and for reporting “on the implementation of national and international strategies to help hold all relevant partners to account for their commitments”. 

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: Applications will be opened to all nationalities, however the selection committee will look favourably at applications from individuals from low and middle income countries.

A successful proposal will

  • 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
  • show why GEM Report resources and research areas (thematic or geographic) are particularly well suited to address those questions
  • show how the research relates to monitoring issues highlighted in past GEM reports or thematic issues of future GEM reports

Applicants will be required to provide three references to support their application. The final output will be a research report of publishable quality.

The fellowship programme will support individuals who have experience with quantitative research methods, including in the use of large-scale surveys, and a strong policy orientation, seeking to use research findings to inform policy makers 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 organisations. 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.

Selection: Calls for proposals will be issued twice a year and published through all relevant UNESCO and partner networks. Applicants will apply online. The GEM Report team will aim to host an average of three fellows per year in the team.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The GEM Report team will provide:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • A desk and computer during their stay at the GEM Report team office, in the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Duration of Programme: Each fellowship will last between six months to one year, depending on the work to be carried out, with one month spent in Paris.

How to Apply: Submit applications to: l.loupis@unesco.org

It is important to go through the Application requirements on the Programme Webpage (Link below) before applying.

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