Applications are open for the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship Programme 2022.

About the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship

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.

They 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: 

  • to monitor and report on progress in the SDG 4 on education and education-related aspects in other SDGs;  
  • 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.

The 2022 Fellowship edition will be the fourth round of the Fellowship programme, adding to a growing, diverse network and community.

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  • GEM Report Fellows would ideally be linked to universities or research institutions, have substantial experience with research methods, in-depth field policy and research analysis, and have produced some relevant research outputs.
  • The Fellowship is open to fellows at early or advanced stages of their career, and can include senior analysts, advanced doctoral candidates, post-doctoral students, professors, or researchers from non-governmental organization (NGO) and civil society backgrounds.
  • The Fellowship aims to support candidates from diverse nationalities.

Selection Criteria

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.


The 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

Selection Procedure

  • Applications must be submitted in English. They will be reviewed and assessed by the GEM Report team, based on the criteria outlined above and considerations related to quality, potential, and originality as well as the qualifications and track record of the applicant.
  • Shortlisted applicants may be invited to discuss adjustments to their proposal in a review meeting. The GEM Report team will not be able to provide feedback on proposals that were not selected.

How to Apply

  • Applicants will need to provide the following information:
    • Cover letter
    • Project proposal
    • CV in UNESCO format and full list of publications
  • 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, email: [email protected]
  • Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2021

Click here to view the official notification for the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship Programme 2022.

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