The ISSBD promotes research on human development throughout the lifespan. Its more than 1000 members come from over 60 different countries. International ex­change and collaboration are among its key features.

The ISSBD and the Jacobs Foundation share an interest in developing the careers of young scholars from all parts of the world, including currency-restricted countries, and have established a fellowship program for this purpose. The target groups are international post-diploma or post-master graduate students who intend to pursue a doctorate in lifespan research (primarily psychology and educational sciences). The program offers transnational mentorship by ISSBD members and opportunities for exchange through additional travel grants.

10 Doctoral Fellowships

(2 years; a 1-year extension possible)

The advertised fellowships will be located at the applicants’ home insti­tutions in all parts of the world and will commence in July 2015. The working language is English. Admitted students will receive a monthly stipend of up to US$ 1500, depending on living expenses in the country of residence.

Requirements: Applicants should hold, or anticipate receiving very soon as shown in supporting documents, a master’s degree, diploma or equivalent in one of the relevant fields and plan a doctoral project in developmental research. Half of the fellowships are reserved for students from currency-restricted countries.

The program welcomes participation by women, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, or disability.


February 28, 2015


Please contact Kathy Taylor at for the application form and information on the necessary application materials.

c/o Life Course Development Program, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 426 Thompson, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Phone: +1(734)