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Jacobs Research Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2021

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Applications are open for Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2021. Basically, the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all scholarly disciplines aiming at improving the learning, development, and living conditions of children and youth. This includes, but is not limited to, educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, computer sciences, and medical sciences.


The prize is endowed with 1 Mio. Swiss Francs, of which 900’000 Swiss Francs are for use in a research project and 100’000 Swiss Francs are for related costs, such as travel, networking, and dissemination.


  • Experts in research on learning, children, and youth worldwide are welcome to nominate candidates.
  • The prize will be awarded to well-respected, outstanding researchers conducting groundbreaking research on the learning and development of children and youth.
  • The prize addresses scholars from all countries who have achieved major breakthroughs in understanding, learning, learning variability, and/or child and youth development, and at the same time have the potential to advance the field by actively conducting research.
  • Furthermore, self-nominations cannot be accepted.


All documents pertaining to the nomination should be submitted online by 14 March 2021. A complete nomination includes

  • Completed nomination form
  • 2 pages nomination letter including an appraisal of the academic accomplishments of the nominee; making clear what the nominee’s scientific breakthroughs have been and how the nominee would bring distinction to the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize.
  • Nominee’s CV including the full list of publications as well as evidence of his or her scientific leadership.
  • Furthermore, information regarding possible future academic plans, fields of interest, and aspirations of the nominee.

Nomination Form


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline14 March,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Jacobs Foundation



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