Research scholarships

Last update: 21 April 2022

The generation of evidence, recommendations and insight is critical to advance progress towards Education 2030 in Member States. The Research Scholarships aim to produce and disseminate research, which supports Member States in making the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda a reality. It strives to provide the evidence for research-based policy dialogue, programme development and knowledge sharing.

Scholars for a better knowledge base in lifelong learning

What is the objective?

By offering research scholarships, UIL aims to enhance research and foresight in the field of lifelong learning around the world. It is our objective to advance research, that can serve as a good knowledge base for policy making and programme development, provide international perspectives and connects research across countries.

Since the UIL research scholarship programme was launched in 2012, a total of 52 scholars from 32 countries have taken part.


Over the years, a number of private donors have kindly cofunded UIL’s research scholarships:

  • the Nomura Center for Lifelong Integrated Education in Japan;
  • the British educationalist, Peter Jarvis, and his publisher, Taylor & Francis;
  • the German Library Association (dbv);
  • the US educationalist, Alexander Charters.


The next research scholarships will take place in 2021. The next application period will open in 2021.

Who can apply

Education professionals from UNESCO Member States who conduct research in the area of lifelong learning with a focus on adult education and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education can apply for a UIL research scholarship.

Participants are selected on the basis of the impact that their work can have at country level and their potential to produce research papers, articles and programme tools that can be shared with decision-makers in their home countries.

How to apply