29 September 2019 (midnight, Paris time)
GLOBAL EDUCATION MONITORING REPORT FELLOWSHIP – The GEM Report and Open Society Foundations
The GEM Report Fellowship programme, supported by OSF, 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.
The GEM Report Fellowship programme will support academic researchers and research-oriented policy makers to carry out studies in the area of international and comparative education with a special focus on:
- utilizing the GEM Report’s data resources, notably those household and school surveys linked to the World Inequality in Education database, to strengthen analyses of global, regional and national education trends on issues of access, equity, inclusion and quality;
- strengthening the content of the GEM Report with respect to its coverage of important issues at the regional and national level, through evidence-based analyses of educational policy and practice;
- helping advance the SDG 4 monitoring agenda, especially on issues related to the global and thematic indicator framework that have been highlighted in previous reports;
- supporting the themes of forthcoming GEM reports, i.e. inclusive education in 2020 (including a special focus on (i) disability (ii) Latin America) and the role of non-state actors in education in 2021.
- The research proposal should address an important policy topic in relation to the upcoming 2020, 2021 or 2022
- GEM Report from a novel perspective. It should place the work within the current policy debate on SDG 4, the international education goal, and briefly describe the potential contribution this research will make to the field of education and to policy making
Relevance to GEM Report
A successful proposal will provide a strong rationale for how the work would contribute to the GEM Report work:
- 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.
Data and methods
The proposal should describe:
- the data that will be used to develop the research project, including the main variables
- the methods and statistical procedures that will be used to develop the research project
The proposal should provide:
- a timeline, which is achievable
- the length, reasons and expected benefits of carrying out part of the research project in Paris.
Opportunity Focus Areas:
- political science
English or French.
EGYPT, SYRIA, IRAQ, PALESTINE, JORDAN, LEBANON, TUNISIA, ALGERIA, MOROCCO, SUDAN, LIBYA, SAUDI ARABIA, EMIRATES, KUWAIT, QATAR, BAHRAIN, OMAN, YEMEN, SOMALIA, DJIBOUTI, MAURITANIA, TURKEY, IRAN, CYPRUS, COMOROS, & OTHER COUNTRIES ARE NOT FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA.
Each fellowship will last between six months to one year, depending on the work to be carried out, with one month spent in Paris.
- Deadline for proposals: 29 September 2019 (midnight, Paris time)
- Announcement of decision with successful applicants: 31 October 2019
- Expected start to the fellowship: January 2020
Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)
Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)
- Applications will be opened to all nationalities, however the selection committee will look favourably at applications from individuals from low and middle income countries. The GEM Report team will aim to host an average of three fellows per year in the team.
- 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 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
Experience and qualifications
- An advanced university degree in education, sociology, economics, political science, psychology,
demography, statistics, psychometrics or other related fields.
- Proven experience in policy analysis in an academic/research or a national/international agency setting.
- Proven experience in organising projects in research and/or policy contexts.
- Contacts within the education policy community would be an advantage
- Experience with education systems in low, middle or high income countries.
- Sound knowledge of and proven experience in the application of statistical techniques involving largescale survey data. Experience using statistical analysis software such as Mplus, R, STATA, SPSS or SAS
would be an asset.
- Fluency in one of the two UNESCO official languages (English and French) and the capacity to draft to a
high standard in English
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.
How to Apply
How to Apply
First Step: Applicants will need to provide the following information:
2- One page with brief project title, abstract (150 words), duration, budget
3- Project proposal (maximum 5 pages / 2500 words) with the following information:
- research question / aim of the project
- relevance to the GEM Report
- proposed data and methodology
- timeline and resources
Second Step: To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org (please note that only submissions with a complete project proposal will be considered).
Note: Applications must be submitted in English
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This Scholarship Published by:
” Rahaf Elkhodary/ Egypt “
Reviewed by” Amina Hamed / Egypt
& Eman Fadel Ali / Egypt”
MARJ3 Scholarships team