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The Fung Global Fellows Program will also examine rival world ideas that have challenged prevailing orthodoxies. Nowadays, with cooperative norms under challenge, global institutions under stress, and a century of guiding ideas about global convergence in doubt, we want to take a broad look at where these ideas came from, their effects, and the prospects for intellectual renewal or rethinking. ... read more

The Fung Global Fellows Program topic is “Thinking Globally.”  How people have thought about the planet has informed the institutions, norms, and policies that have pulled it together and torn it apart. 

For centuries, ideas of free trade, human rights or global governance have framed cooperation and competition, order and disorder.  Such ideas have also spawned border-crossing movements, from campaigns to end slavery to commitments to reduce carbon emissions.  In turn, global thinking and action have often reinforced commitments to national ideas and efforts to curb global exchange. 

The goal of this research theme is to explore how ideas framed the understanding of interests and the making of institutions that have yielded commonness and conflict across and within borders.  We also want to understand how these ideas and practices came into being through scientific networks, foundations, and think tanks.

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Requirements for senior scholars Scholarship Qualification

  1. Fellowships will be awarded to senior scholars who have received their doctorate before September 1, 2010.       
  2. The fellowship will be awarded to senior scholars employed outside the United States. They must have a faculty appointment, a professional research appointment, or be established independent scholars. Senior candidates will be expected to return to their positions after the conclusion of the fellowship. 
  3. Fellowships will be awarded to senior candidates who have a record of scholarly accomplishment in the designated theme of the program.  Criteria for the fellowship include the strength of the candidate’s research projects, the relationship of those projects to the program’s theme, the candidate’s previous scholarly work, the candidate’s ability to contribute to the intellectual life and intellectual exchange of the program, and the candidate’s work experience outside the United States. The selection committee is looking to establish a cohort of fellows whose work represents diverse analytical approaches and disciplinary backgrounds and addresses a wide variety of regions.
  4. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  5. Fung Global Fellows must be in residence in Princeton or within a 15-mile radius during their fellowship (between 3-10 months for senior scholars), and should plan any non-research related travel during the holidays and University breaks.  This is to ensure that they will have ample time to interact with one another and contribute actively to the intellectual life of the program.  Fellows are also expected to participate in a course related to the theme of study, attend seminars, workshops and other events organized by the program, as well as present their ongoing projects in seminars.  Fellows will have access to Firestone Library and will be able to engage in a wide range of events and activities across campus.

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Required Documents for Application

  1. Cover letter (1.5 pages maximum)
  2. Curriculum Vitae (including publications)
  3. Research proposal (maximum of 3 pages, single spaced)
  4. One writing sample (article or book chapter, maximum of 50 pages)
  5. For those applicants with a faculty appointment or a professional research appointment, an official letter from the applicant’s current employer affirming that, should an offer be made, the applicant would be permitted to accept it and to spend the academic year at Princeton University
  6. The names and email addresses for three referees, who will be contacted automatically by the online application system with an invitation to upload their letter of recommendation to the system by the application deadline. (**Please note: all letters of reference should be submitted by your referees before the November 15, 2019 deadline**)


Application Deadline

November 15, 2019 .


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Fung Global Fellows Program on puwebp.princeton.edu to apply

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