APPLY: 2022 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship Programme

The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship Programme, funded by the Open Society Foundation, supports researchers who aim to bring a novel perspective to comparative and international education development to aid the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, the global education goal.

We are only nine years away from the end of the 2030 Agenda. The Fellowship offers an opportunity to be part of a select group of scholars and researchers, collaborating with the GEM Report team on one or both aspect of its core objectives: 

(1) to monitor and report on progress in the SDG 4 on education and education-related aspects in other SDGs;  

(2) to report on the implementation of national and international strategies to help hold all relevant partners to account for their commitments as part of the SDG follow-up and review.

  • Host: UNESCO | Open Society Foundation
  • Category:  Fellowships
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries 
  • Reward: US$19,500
  • Deadline: December 1, 2021
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Main opportunities

– Author a Fellow paper, to be published on the GEM Report website. The paper should be based on original, and previously unpublished, analysis. The Fellowship provides an opportunity to address policy-relevant research analyzing core issues related to the SDG 4 agenda’s monitoring, policy or implementation challenges, and suggest policy recommendations. After completion of the paper, the authors are encouraged to further develop the work for academic publication or further policy exploration on the topic. 

– Learn about specific dimensions of GEM Report work in monitoring quantitative and qualitative indicators and/or reporting on the implementation of national and international strategies; gain access to GEM Report data and expertise; and expand researcher horizons and engagements within the international education community.

– Engage with the community of Fellows, participating in peer exchanges, and networking; and participate in monthly meetings and other relevant activities with the GEM Report research team. If relevant, engage on policy dissemination with the GEM Report communications and outreach teams.

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Key criteria for selection include:

  • Originality – what gaps does it fill in the current educational research landscape?
  • Potential to influence the global education agenda – are the issues adequately broad and relevant for the larger community?
  • Analytical rigour, in terms of data, methods, and relevance.
  • Feasibility of analysis within the time frame
  • Research that highlights equity and accountability, such as investigations of human rights challenges, and inequalities in educational progress

Other criteria could include:

  • Utilization of the GEM Report’s data resources, such as household and school surveys linked to the World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) or the GEM Report’s Profiles Enhancing Education Reviews (PEER).
  • Contribution of new insights on monitoring indicators, implementation and challenges mid-way into the 2030 agenda.
  • Support for the themes of forthcoming GEM reports, i.e. the 2023 GEM Report on technology and the 2024 GEM Report on education leadership.

Duration and Reward

he work will be carried out remotely, with a two-week-long visit in Paris (with travel allowance) if the sanitary conditions allow. The GEM Report team will provide:

– A stipend (US$19,500) for the duration of the fellowship (up to 11 months).

– A mentor from the team of GEM Report researchers, to provide regular mentoring, guidance and engagement with the GEM Report work.

– Monthly meetings engagement across the research team and Fellows

Required Documents

Applicants will need to provide the following information:

– Cover letter

– Project proposal

– CV in UNESCO format and full list of publications

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Method of Application

Deadline for proposal receipt: 1 December 2021 (midnight, Paris time)


The review process will last for two months, with an expected start date of 1 February 2022. The proposal review process will begin near the end of the call deadline and will include shortlisting and interviewing before announcement of the Fellows.

To apply, please email:

Any request for clarification needs to be addressed to the following email address: by Friday 5th of November at 18h00 Paris time and responses will be available on the GEM Report website via this link.

Deadline: December 1, 2021

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