Introducing five new GEM Report Fellows for 2021

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We are pleased to announce five new fellowship appointments for the GEM Report for this year.

The new fellows for 2021 responded to a call for research proposals that would: 

  • utilize the GEM Report’s data resources, notably those household and school surveys linked to the World Inequality Database on Education, to strengthen analyses of global, regional and national education trends on issues of access, equity, inclusion, quality and learning; 
  • strengthen the content of the GEM Report with respect to its coverage of important issues at the global, regional and national level, through evidence-based analyses of education policy and practice; 
  • advance the SDG 4 monitoring agenda, especially on issues related to the global and thematic indicator framework that have been highlighted in previous reports; 
  • support the themes of forthcoming GEM reports, i.e. the 2023 report on technology.






“The GEM Report Fellowship gave me the opportunity to develop a research project in global education and receive feedback from a fantastic team of specialists that encouraged me to combine rigorous data analysis with a special focus on its policy implications.”

Nicolas Buchbinder, GEM Report Fellow 2020

Of the five new Fellows, two will be focusing on the SDG 4 monitoring agenda.

Leena Bhattacharya, a PhD student at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in Mumbai, will look at indicators helping evaluate the Right to Education Act of 2009 in India.

Fernanda Gándara, a Senior Measurement, Evaluation and Learning Specialist at School-to-School International, will look at language considerations for the global monitoring agenda. Her research will focus on insights from a large-scale bilingual assessment of literacy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

One Fellow, Danqing Yin, a PhD student in the Education Leadership and Policy Studies program at the School of Education and Human Sciences, University of Kansas, will look at a critical issue in light of school closures due to COVID-19: the importance, evolution, relevance and policy issues related to home schooling. Her research will look specifically at global trends and insights emerging from the United States.

The other three Fellows’ research will support the theme of the 2023 GEM Report on technology.

Emmanuel Manyasa is the Executive Director of Usawa Agenda – a not-for-profit organization that promotes equitable access to quality education in Kenya through research and advocacy. He holds a PhD in development economics. Emmanuel’sresearch willassess the impact of ICT integration policy on equity in access to quality in African contexts, focusing specifically on Kenya.

A fellowship has been given to a pair of researchers with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi in Pakistan, Saba Saeed and Muhammad Afzan Munir. They will analyse the effects of COVID-19 and technology on early childhood education students and educators in Ethiopia, Pakistan and Tanzania. Saba’s research focuses on education, women empowerment and human rights, while Muhammad’s on inclusive education, ICTs local governance and economic development.


The GEM Report Fellowship, launched in 2019, aims to strengthen the evidence base on education, build research capacity in education, and reinforce the links between education research, policy, and practice. The five new Fellows follow the three in 2020 and the four in 2019, when the programme was launched. We are grateful to the Open Society Foundations for their support to the GEM Report Fellowship programme and are excited to hear what our next round of Fellows discover in their work. The next round of calls for Fellowship applicants will open in in September, with more information available here.


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