International visiting scholars make Princeton a ‘global university’

The sixth cohort of Fung Global Fellows begins a year of research, writing and collaboration. 
Photo: Mark Czajkowski

Six exceptional scholars from around the world are in residence at Princeton University this fall for a year of research, writing and collaboration as the sixth cohort of Fung Global Fellows

By Pooja Makhijani

The Fung Global Fellows Program, administered by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), brings together research scholars from the social sciences and humanities around a common topic. For the 2018-19 academic year, the scholars will work on the theme of “Interdependence.” Jeremy Adelman, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, will direct the program.

The program is funded by a portion of a $10 million gift from Princeton alumnus William Fung of Hong Kong. It is designed to increase the University’s engagement substantially with scholars from around the world and inspire ideas that transcend borders.

The Fung fellowship is one in a constellation of programs that bring international scholars to the University. 

The Humanities Council’s Visiting Scholar program welcomes long-term and short-term visiting fellows. Chairs of humanities departments, along with interdisciplinary programs and committees under the Council’s umbrella, jointly nominate scholars. The Department of History sponsors six to eight Visiting Davis Fellows each academic year; they participate in a seminar and pursue research related to a theme. The theme for 2018-19 and 2019-20 is “Law and Legalities.” 

During their tenure in New Jersey, Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty fellows at the University Center for Human Values devote a year to researching and writing about topics involving human values in public and private life. And the Global Scholars Program enables the University to recruit stellar scholars from outside the United States into recurring, multiyear teaching appointments at Princeton in all disciplines and in regional studies programs. This program, overseen by the Council for International Teaching and Research, brings some of the world’s top scholars to Princeton to teach, conduct research, participate in workshops and give public presentations.

“The presence of international scholars is crucial for a global university — they bring outside perspectives to the questions we pose here and challenge us to think differently,” Adelman said. “They are also, in a sense, emissaries; they help us in our efforts to dialogue and collaborate with colleagues beyond American borders.”