PIIRS invites international early-career faculty members to Princeton for one academic year to research, write and collaborate around a common topic. 

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Fung Global Fellows

Six exceptional scholars from around the world come to Princeton to explore a common topic.

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Research Topics

Each year, the program focuses on a new topic of interest to humanists and social scientists.

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Call for Applications

Learn more about the requirements for applying to the program.

2016-17: International Society - Institutions and Actors in Global Governance

This year's topic, "International Society - Institutions and Actors in Global Governance," centers on how the growth of international organizations and transnational actors has brought about the emergence of a dense international society above the nation-state. Under what circumstances do new international organizations or transnational associations emerge, and when do they expand in their membership and jurisdiction? Does international society function as a constraint on states? How do states and societal actors navigate the complex and overlapping jurisdictions of international organizations? In what ways do international organizations and associations function as distinct cultures or as bureaucracies with their own interests?

The 2016-17 cohort of Fung Fellows will examine the emergence, functioning, and effects of international organizations and transnational associations of all types (state and non-state, focused on a single issue or world region, or examined comparatively) from a cultural, historical, political, sociological or other perspective. The 2016-17 program is led by Faculty Director Christina Davis

Read about the current Fung Fellows.

The Fung Global Fellows Program provided me with a fantastic intellectual and social community and provided me the freedom to think and write away from the typical demands of teaching.
Laavanya Kathiravelu
Fung Global Fellow, 2015-16

Call for Applications for 2017-18

The topic for next year's program year is the “Culture and Politics of Resentment.” Learn more about the eligibility criteria and application details here.

Application deadline: November 1, 2016

Upcoming Events


Power, Ideas and Institution: China’s Emergent Footprints in Global Governance of Development Aid

12:00pm - 1:30pm | 219 Aaron Burr Hall


World For Sale: Professionals in the Market for International Organization

12:00pm - 1:30pm | 219 Aaron Burr Hall


Corporate Islam, Global Capitalism and the Performance of Economic Moralities

12:00pm - 1:30pm | 219 Aaron Burr Hall