The International Education Funders Group (IEFG) is an affinity network of over 100 private foundations, charities, and donor-advised funds that focuses on education grantmaking in low- and middle-income countries. The network’s objectives are to support grantmakers in improving their grantmaking practice in their chosen field; to foster community, connection, and collaboration among members; to ensure members keep up with the latest developments of their field; and to support members’ engagement in international policy arenas.

The IEFG is seeking a Policy and Practice Fellow, duration nine months, to develop and implement a learning and collaboration agenda around one or more topics of shared interest to IEFG members. Potential topics include (but are not limited to): decolonization and education philanthropy; climate change and international education; the role of education in contexts of widespread crisis and uncertainty; measuring holistic learning outcomes; the meaning and implications of the aid localization agenda. We welcome applications that propose additional topics of relevance and interest to international education funders.


A learning and collaboration agenda will typically comprise: an evidence-based issue brief (of between 8 to 10 pages); a weekly virtual learning series (duration 4 to 6 weeks) that integrates external speakers, case studies and focuses on practical guidance for grantmakers; compilation of useful resources on the topic; and curated online discussions that highlight relevant events, news, and background information.

All deliverables should be prepared and implemented in English. Fellows are expected to ensure proper referencing (e.g., APA style for the issue brief) and acknowledgement of external research and sources used in curating deliverables.


This fellowship is well suited to emerging researchers (PhD students / candidates or recent doctoral graduates) in the field of international education, with a particular interest in global education policy and financing, and previous practitioner experience. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience conducting literature reviews and synthesizing evidence for policy
  • makers and or donors (up to the standard of publication)
  • Experience supporting education programming in different national contexts
  • Experience designing and implementing learning events
  • Exposure to education philanthropy
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

The fellowship will be carried out remotely, however, regular check ins will be required with IEFG secretariat (located in Central European Time). The fellowship will require an average of 2 days of work per week (0.4 time), on a pro rata salary of £27,000.

To apply

Applications should include a brief resume (2 pages) that details relevant research, publications, policy experience and includes the contact information for two professional or academic references. Applicants should also submit a short cover letter outlining their interest, qualifications, experience and proposed topic(s) for the fellowship.

Please also attach a sample of unedited writing to your application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and should be sent to by December 17th, 2021 at the latest. Interviews will be scheduled for December 20th – 22nd the following week.

Please ensure that you include “IEFG fellowship” in the email subject.