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Applications Now Open for the 2021 IBRO/ IBE-UNESCO Science of Learning Fellowships



IBRO and UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE) offer 3 annual IBRO/IBE-UNESCO Science of Learning Fellowships. This is part of our joint Science of Learning Initiative that aims to support and translate key neuroscience research on learning and the brain to educators, policymakers, and governments.

Applications will be considered from Senior Scientists and Mid-Career Scientists, preferably with 10 years of experience in the neuroscience of learning field. IBRO and IBE–UNESCO will consider researchers from all regions of the world.

The fellows will be hosted at IBE–UNESCO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, so they can learn about policymaking in an international context, as well as receive support with policy vocabulary and messages. A separate contract with each fellow will be signed by the fellow and IBE–UNESCO to cover the duration of their IBRO/IBE-UNESCO Science of Learning Fellowship.

Watch interviews with the 2016 Fellows: Brain Research, Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

Watch the webinar from the 2020 Fellows: The Neuroscience of Learning: Relevance and prospects in the time of COVID19 

Location: IBE-UNESCO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

Length of stay: 1 October – 31 December 2021

Amount: 20,000 Euros per Fellow

IBRO and IBE–UNESCO cannot arrange accommodation, visas, insurance, travel or other related logistics. This will be the responsibility of the fellow to organize. Each fellow will be provided with his/her own office, including a computer, desk and internet access.

Application requirements:

– Eligibility: Senior/Mid-Career Scientists, preferably with 10 years of experience in the neuroscience of learning field (no postdocs or recent PhDs)

– Brief description of current research, including how it may translate key neuroscience research on learning and the brain to educators, policymakers and governments (750 words max)

– Motivation statement explaining why you are interested in this fellowship (300 words max)

– 2 letters of reference

– Current CV

Expected deliverables:

1. 6 written briefs (max. 5 pages each; 2 every month) to re-articulate research on neuroscience in an accessible language, with explicit implications for policy and practice

2. Give an IBE talk on own research project or on any other relevant topic on neuroscience and education

3. Liaise with the other IBRO/IBE fellows and the IBE staff

4. Discuss possible participation in various UNESCO IBE and IBRO projects (e.g., Handbook on Curriculum and Learning, conferences and other events, etc.)

Application Deadline: 31 March 2021, Midnight CET.

Apply here.

Further information: