Our work


We provide support to exceptional researchers and practitioners, with a strong emphasis on advancing cutting-edge research and practice. We foster interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaborations to promote evidence-based learning and education.

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Jacobs Foundation Research Fellows

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program offers fellowships to early- and mid-career researchers whose work is dedicated to improving the learning and development of children and youth worldwide.

The relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, education sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, behavioral science, computer science, pedagogy, linguistics, neurosciences, and science of learning.

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LEAP Fellows

LEAP is an initiative by the Jacobs Foundation and MIT Solve that brings together researchers, social entrepreneurs, and educational companies interested in creating impactful solutions for 21st century education.

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Learning Sciences Exchange Fellows

Fellows from research, journalism, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and education are brought together to learn from each other and collaborate on key issues in the learning sciences and how to communicate with the public.

Breakthroughs and insights emerge regularly from the learning sciences. However, these insights are slow to be accepted and integrated into schools, family support systems, and the social consciousness. Too often, new findings are either left to wilt in inaccessible academic journals, contorted by splashy headlines, or are too complicated to lead to real policy changes.

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Jacobs Social Entrepreneur Fellows

Today’s talented young people are the opinion leaders and decision makers of tomorrow. We want to introduce them early on to our areas of interest so that they can work with us to move forward in those areas in the future. Accordingly, the Jacobs Foundation provides support for young people in fields related to its thematic priorities.


We’ve worked with over 250 fellows over the last 8 years to support groundbreaking research into children’s learning and development on a worldwide scale.