Fung Global Fellows Program

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


2020-21 Fung Global Fellows

Fung Global Fellows

Six 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 to humanists and social scientists.

Call for Applications & Eligibility Requirements

Learn more about the requirements for applying to the program.

2020-21 Theme of Study: 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.  The 2020-21 program is led by Faculty Director Sandra Bermann.

“Topics will range from humanitarianism, global health, law and social change, to histories of migration and
emerging imaginaries in literature and art. It will be a highly meaningful year for us, as we consider ways in
which global thinking has faced past challenges and is being transformed today through encounters with the
recent pandemic, economic crises, issues of systemic racism and wide-ranging inequalities.”
                                                                                        - Sandra Bermann