UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report Fellowship Program 2019

Apply for the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship Programme 2019. See Eligibility, Benefits, Selection Criteria, Application Procedures and Deadline.

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”.

UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship Programme.

Fellows will be selected among applicants from research institutions, government agencies or professional organisations. Candidates with a doctoral degree, who are familiar with quantitative research methods and experience in national-level policy-making and who have published work in scientific journals are encouraged to apply. Selected fellows will be invited to work with the GEM Report team for a period between six months and one year, of which one month will be spent on site at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The fellowship is nonrenewable.
Research proposals will be selected according to their originality, potential to influence the international education agenda, and scientific rigour. Proposals should aim to produce one background paper for the GEM Report team, which would be either linked to the forthcoming report and its theme or to other projects that support the Report’s objectives. The outputs may also include other deliverables, ranging from databases and programmes to materials to communicate the findings and help reach out to policy makers at the national, regional or global level. Preference will be given to proposals with a clear comparative element.

The GEM Report Fellowship programme will support proposals for 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;
  • advancing 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, 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.
Recipients of a fellowship will have the opportunity to work with the GEM Report team’s specialists, one of the world’s leading teams in this field, to conduct research and analysis of education data with a primary focus on SDG 4, the global education goal. The fellowships will help build new skills and deepen the participants’ capacity, while also sharing their experience and knowledge with the team as well as, where possible, with regions and countries. Learning from their experience with the team, the fellows will also be able to participate in and influence the work of the GEM Report.


  • Open to all nationalities, however the selection committee will look favourably at applications from individuals from low and middle income countries
  • 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 are eligible to apply
  • 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.


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

Selection Criteria.

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

Method of Application

Applicants will need to provide the following information:
  • CV in UNESCO format
  • One page with brief project title, abstract (150 words), duration, budget
  • 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
To apply email the documents above to [email protected] (please note that only submissions with a complete project proposal will be considered).