Visiting Research Scholar, Fung Global Fellows Program

Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). The program will select both senior scholars and early-career scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. The number of candidates hired will depend on the qualifications of the overall applicant pool. The fellowship will be awarded to scholars employed outside the United States who have a faculty appointment, a professional research appointment, or are an established independent scholar in the designated theme of the program, and have exhibited unusual intellectual promise. They will be expected to return to their position after the conclusion of the fellowship. Early career scholars selected will be in residence at Princeton for an academic year; senior scholars selected will be in residence at Princeton between three to ten months during the academic year.

During the academic year 2020-21, the Fung Global Fellows Program theme will be "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 for the 2020-21 cohort will be 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 will also explore how these ideas and practices came into being through scientific networks, foundations, and think tanks. We welcome applicants from all disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields from the sciences to the humanities whose work addresses this set of themes in any historical period or world region.

Applicants must apply online at

Applications are due by November 15, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST). Fellowships will be awarded on the strength of a candidate's proposed research project, the relationship of the project to the program theme, the candidate's scholarly record and ability to contribute to the intellectual life of the program. Early-career scholars must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent no earlier than September 1, 2010. Senior scholars must have received their doctorates before September 1, 2010, and have a record of scholarly accomplishment in the designated theme of the program. For more information on eligibility requirements and the Fung Global Fellows Program see

The following items must be submitted by the applicant, in English, by November 15, 2019:

- Cover letter (1.5 pages maximum) - Curriculum Vitae (including publications)

- Research proposal (maximum of 3 pages, single spaced) - One writing sample (article or book chapter, maximum of 50 pages)

- 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

- 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.**)

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment 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.


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