An Emerging Field Group (EFG) consists of a small group of international researchers working in the field of learning and instruction active within a new, emerging field of research. EARLI offers these researchers the opportunity to work together during a short but intense period of time to explore the possibilities in their shared field of interest. 


The aim of the EFG initiative is to support exploratory, innovative and risk-taking approaches, allowing its participants to focus on experimental and new fields of research, with an emphasis on exploration and process rather than output and product.

Thanks to the extensive support and encouragement of the Jacobs Foundation, EARLI is able to launch the EFGs and commit to substantial funding of up to € 25.000 for each EFG.

Check out the EFG Call for Applications here.

Download the EFG Call in Word-version here.

  • January 2018
    Open call for applications
  • 28 February 2018
    Deadline for applications
  • March 2018
    Evaluation by international committee
  • July 2018
    Announcement of decision at JURE 2018
  • September 2018
    Start of EFG


An EFG can be founded by a group of researchers with the intention to work closely together during a short, fixed period of time. Each EFG runs for two years, with the possibility to extend this with another two years. The main objective of the EFG Policy is to allow researchers to experiment with their ideas and methods, without focussing too much on the outcome or result of this process. 

Click here to read the full EFG Policy.

Click here to consult the EFG Evaluation Policy.


For more than 25 years, the Jacobs Foundation has enjoyed a reputation as a funder in the field of child and youth development. The Foundation supports actors and institutions engaged in research and practical work in a wide variety of ways. And, in certain selected programs, they also take on conceptual and operational responsibilities.
Thanks to the extensive support and encouragement of the Jacobs Foundation, EARLI is able to launch the EFGs and commit to substantial funding for each EFG.