Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship



How to apply



Thomas J. Alexander (1940 - 2012) was the Director for the OECD’s Education, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate from 1989-2000.  He joined the OECD in 1974 where he was responsible for launching the OECD's work on International Education Indicators, the OECD publication "Education at a Glance" and "Education Policy Analysis", as well as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which he conceived as a tool for governments to build relevant skills for all children and to turn these skills into better social and economic outcomes. This fellowship is funded by the Open Society Foundations, where Mr. Alexander launched several education initiatives after leaving the OECD in 2000‌.





Aims of the programme

The Fellowship seeks to strengthen capacity for producing policy relevant research, preferably focusing on emerging countries and in the area of equity in education and skills, by exploiting the OECD knowledge base and data products from projects such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). It does so in three ways:

  1. Supporting quantitative research to provide evidence-based analysis relating to education policy and practice.
  2. Strengthening the use of such analysis in policy making.
  3. Helping education leaders modify their practices to maximise its impact on student learning.

Fellows' profile

Thomas J. Alexander Fellows will typically come from research institutions, universities, governmental agencies or organisations. Ideally they will have experience with quantitative research methods and large-scale surveys and have articles published in scientific journals. The programme encourages applicants from a variety of disciplines. To learn more about current and past fellows, please visit our Fellows page

Applicants should complete and send the application through the OECD Careers platform during the two calls for proposal each held each year. You can use this form to help you prepare your application and then copy and paste the information into our formal application process.

The list of Frequently Asked Questions below is intended to help guide potential fellows in their application but should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us [email protected]

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 What are the benefits of being a Thomas J. Alexander Fellow?

The fellowship provides the unique opportunity of gaining access to OECD data and knowledge base and working with policy analysts in the field of education and skills. Thomas J. Alexander Fellows join a broader network of researchers with the commonality of working on questions of equity and emerging economies. Fellows participate not only in OECD meetings, conferences, and seminars while they are in Paris but continue to engage with this community long after they have finalized their projects. Fellows also participate together in large-scale conferences and events the world over.

The Fellowship Alumni Association is a unique platform for maintaining relationships with both new and existing fellows and identifying opportunities for collaboration on future projects. 

For more information on applying for the fellowship please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page




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