Fung Global Fellows Program, Princeton University, USA

Publish Date: Oct 09, 2015

Deadline: Nov 01, 2015

About the Fellowship

The Fung Global Fellows Program, inaugurated in the 2013-14 academic year, reflects Princeton University’s commitment to engaging with scholars from around the world and inspiring ideas that transcend borders. The program brings exceptional international early-career faculty members working in the social sciences and the humanities to Princeton for a year of research, writing, and collaboration. It is administered by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), which serves as a site for integration and joint activity across all of the University's international and area studies programs.

Each year, the Fung Global Fellows Program selects six scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton for one academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. The program includes a public seminar series where the fellows will present their work to the University community. Fellowships will be awarded through a competitive application process to scholars employed outside the United States who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement, exhibit unusual intellectual promise, and are still early in their careers.

This program is supported by a gift from William Fung, group chairman of Li & Fung, a Hong Kong-based multinational group of export and retailing companies. Fung earned a BSE in electrical engineering from Princeton in 1970 and anMBAfrom the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1972, and then began his career at the family firm. He joined Princeton's Board of Trustees in 2009, and has previously supported Princeton's groundbreaking financial aid program. "In this new age of globalization, Princeton should be even more involved in fostering scholarship everywhere it takes place," Fung said."Through this gift, I hope to enable Princeton to become a stronger catalyst for developing new and exciting research and for creating international scholarly communities."  

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

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? This year’s 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. Researchers working on any historical period or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply. See the application section of this website for details. Deadline: November 1, 2015.

Faculty Director: Christina Davis, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.


Before you apply for the 2016-17 Fung Global Fellows Program on "International Society: Institutions and Actors in Global Governance," please review the eligibility requirements and list of documents to be submitted with your online application on the following pages of this website. Questions about the application process are also addressed in the section "FAQs."

The application deadline is November 1, 2015.

Apply for the 2016–17 Fung Global Fellows Program on "International Society: Institutions and Actors in Global Governance".

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