Fung Global Fellows Program

Fung Global Fellows 2022-23

PIIRS invites five international scholars to Princeton for one academic year to research, write and collaborate around a common topic.

Fung Global Fellows

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

Research Topics

Each year, the program focuses on a new topic of interest. This year the theme is "Sustainable Futures."

Call for Applications 2023-24 & Eligibility Requirements

Learn more about the requirements for applying to the program.

2022-23 Theme of Study: Sustainable Futures

We define sustainability expansively What does economics teach us about inclusive growth, equality of opportunity, minimizing negative externalities, and the costs of low growth for job creation and skill acquisition? How can countries, individually and collectively, leverage ecological sciences and engineering to scale energy sources that are both sustainable and practical, encourage environmentally sound consumption patterns, promote resource renewal and protect biodiversity? What would sustainable global integration look like, and how would countries get there? How is understanding the behavior of complex systems crucial to sustainability? How can architecture and engineering build residences, workplaces, cities and exurbs in smarter ways? What can countries learn from sociology about supporting family structures, kin networks, and community institutions? How might information science and technology render virtual public spheres civil while keeping them open, and promote a sense of shared truth? How can societies use political science to improve governance, raise political participation and manage a wide diversity of views that healthy societies must have? How do changes in environmental quality and access to vaccines affect those that bear the heaviest burden of pollution and disease? Above all, how can countries create and propagate consensus narratives of sustainability that balance interests? 

Elke U. Weber, professor of psychology and public affairs, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, and director of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) Academic Program, is director of the program