OECD Future of Work Fellowship Scheme

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The OECD Future of Work Fellowship Scheme aims to promote new and innovative doctoral research in the fields of economics, statistics, sociology and other related social sciences which will provide better evidence to help policy makers across OECD countries respond to the following issues:

  • How globalisation and technological change are affecting labour markets – including the quantity and quality of jobs that are available, as well as how and by whom they are carried out.
  • How the demand for skills and skills use are evolving and what can be expected as the digital revolution progresses.
  • The impact these trends are having on inequality, productivity and growth.
  • What are the challenges for government policy in the areas of: skills, social protection, active labour market programmes, labour market regulation, and social dialogue?
  • What are innovative policy tools that can help governments address these challenges and turn them into opportunities and better lives for all?

The Fellowship scheme funds ongoing as well as new research in the above areas – as long as the outputs are delivered within 12 months starting from the acceptance of the Fellowship offer.

Strong preference will be given to quantitative research and internationally comparative work – although all proposals are welcome and will be judged on their: originality, scientific rigour, feasibility, potential impact and policy relevance.

Who is eligible?
Any PhD student and postdoctoral researcher currently enrolled at university may apply. There are no restrictions with regards to nationality, or the location of the institution to which you are affiliated. All research should be written in either English or French. Fellows maintain their affiliation whilst they are completing their Fellowship and are not expected to spend any time at the OECD in Paris (except for when they come to present their work – see below).

What are the benefits?
Besides financial support (see below), the Fellowship will offer PhD students and postdocs an opportunity to give their research high visibility and to maximise its impact. Fellows will be encouraged to publish their research as an OECD working paper, and they will also be invited to present their work at an internal OECD seminar in Paris.

In addition, Fellows will be given the option to work together with an OECD mentor – an experienced analyst – who will accompany the research, providing feedback and advice throughout the project.

Each Fellow will be awarded a bursary of EUR 5,000 to support their research for a maximum period of 12 months (non-renewable). In addition, the OECD will finance the cost of one economy return ticket to Paris (as well as any accommodation costs) for the Fellows to come and present their work at the OECD.

What will be expected in return
Fellows will be expected to write up their research in the form of a working paper of around 20-40 pages long that, at the discretion of the OECD, could be published as an OECD Working Paper.

How do I apply?
Please complete the Candidates Response Form in the link and send it to FoWFellowship@oecd.org by 30 September 2017. Please make sure that you have sought approval from your supervisor prior to submitting your application.

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