Fung Global Fellows Program – Visiting Research Scholar

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Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). The program will select early-career scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton for an academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. The number of candidates hired at this rank will depend on the qualifications of the overall applicant pools. The fellowships will be awarded to scholars employed outside the United States who have a faculty appointment, a professional research appointment, or are an established independent scholar. They will also be expected to return to their positions at the conclusion of the fellowship. Lastly, they must have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and unusual intellectual promise. Early-career scholars will be appointed at the rank of Visiting Research Scholar.

During the academic year 2021-22, the Fung Global Fellows Program theme will be “Sustainable Futures.” The Fung Global Fellows Program welcomes applicants from all disciplinary and inter­disciplinary fields– humanities, social science, natural science, engineering, technology, law, architecture – to examine varied notions and workable practices of sustainability. 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? Above all, how can countries create and propagate consensus narratives of sustainability that balance interests?

Applicants must apply online at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/16822. Applications are due by November 16, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST). To be eligible, applicants must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent no earlier than September 1, 2011. Fellowships will be awarded on the strength of a candidate’s proposed research project, the relationship of the project to the program theme, the candidate’s scholarly record and ability to contribute to the intellectual life of the program. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process, see http://piirs.princeton.edu/funggfp/call-applications.

The following items must be submitted by the applicant, in English, by November 16, 2020: 

– Cover letter (1.5 pages maximum)

– Curriculum Vitae (including publications)

– Research proposal (maximum of 3 pages, single spaced)

– One writing sample (article or book chapter, maximum of 50 pages)

– For those applicants with a current faculty appointment or a professional research appointment, an official letter from the applicant’s current employer affirming that, should an offer be made, the applicant would be permitted to accept it and to spend the academic year at Princeton University. If applicant is an established independent scholar, please upload a PDF stating this as applicant’s current status.

– The names and email addresses for three referees, who will be contacted automatically by the online application system with an invitation to upload their letter of recommendation to the system by the application deadline. (**Please note: all letters of reference should be submitted by your referees before the November 16, 2020 deadline.**)

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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