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Fung Global Fellows Program at PIIRS in USA, 2015-2016

Princeton University invites applications for Fung Global Fellows Program to enable scholars to be in residence at Princeton for one academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. The theme for the 2015-16 Fung Program Fellows Program is “Ethnic Politics and Identities.” The Fung Global Fellows Program annually selects six scholars from around the world. 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. Application deadline is November 1, 2014.

Study Subject(s): The theme for the 2015-16 Fung Program Fellows Program is “Ethnic Politics and Identities.”
Course Level: Fung Global Fellows Program will enable scholars to be in residence at Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) for one academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme.
Scholarship Provider: Princeton University
The award can be taken at: USA

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Eligibility:
1. Eligible are scholars who received their PhD (or the equivalent of an Anglo-American PhD) within 10 years of the proposed start date of the fellowship. For a fellowship beginning in fall 2015, applicants must have received their degree no earlier than September 1, 2005. The receipt of the PhD is determined by the date on which all requirements for the degree at the applicant’s home institution, including the defense and filing of the dissertation, were fulfilled.
2. Applicants must hold a position outside the United States of America at the time of application, to which they are expected to return at the conclusion of the fellowship.
3. US citizens and non-citizens, regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability, are eligible to apply.
4. Fellows must be in residence in Princeton during the academic year of their fellowship so that they can interact with one another and participate actively in the program’s seminars and other events on campus. Fellows are also expected to present their ongoing projects in seminars organized by the program.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Fung Global Fellows Program is pen for both US citizens and non-citizens.

DescriptionPrinceton UniversityThe Fung Global Fellows Program 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, which serves as a site for integration and joint activity across all of the University’s international and area programs. Each year, the Fung Global Fellows Program will select 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.

Number of award(s): The Fung Global Fellows Program will select six scholars from around the world.

Duration of award(s): Fung Global Fellows Program will be for one academic year, 10 months from September to June and to allow scholars to engage in research and discussion around a common theme.

What does it cover?
-Within the limits of its resources, it is the intent of the program to provide a salary that equals the normal salary paid to a fellow at his or her home institution. In cases where the fellow’s base salary scale is significantly below the norm, salaries may be adjusted upward to compensate. Fellows will be eligible for health insurance through the Princeton University benefits plan.
-Fellows have the privileges of a Visiting Research Scholar at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). They are given office space and computer access in a suite dedicated to the program. The program will assist fellows in finding appropriate furnished housing through the University Housing Office and private landlords. While secretarial assistance is not provided, the PIIRS staff may assist with directing fellows to relevant offices and campus services.
-The program will pay transportation costs for each fellow, and his or her spouse or domestic partner and for their child/children, with the following limitations: It will pay for the most economical means of transportation for one round trip for the fellow, spouse or partner, and children from and to his or her home institution. Travel funds for spouse or partner and children are restricted to persons accompanying a fellow for a substantial period of time, that is, at least two months. These funds are not intended for dependents taking brief holidays in or outside the United States.
-The program will pay for the shipment of books and papers that are necessary for the continuation of research. Typically, it is not necessary to bring many books. The Princeton University Library possesses over five million volumes, and those not in its collection are readily available through interlibrary loan. Fellows are advised not to send research materials by sea, since they are often months late in arriving. Because fellows are expected to secure furnished lodgings during their period of residency, the program will provide a relatively limited moving allowance each way.

Selection Criteria: Fellowships will be awarded to candidates who have already demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise but are still at the beginning of their careers. Criteria for the fellowship include: the strength of the candidate’s research projects, the relationship of those projects to the program’s theme, the candidate’s previous scholarly work, the candidate’s ability to contribute to the intellectual life and intellectual exchange of the program, and the candidate’s work experience outside the United States. The selection committee is looking to establish a cohort of fellows whose work represents diverse analytical approaches and disciplinary backgrounds and addresses a wide variety of places.

Notification: Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by email in mid-December. All other applicants will be notified in 2015, once the selection process has been completed.

Online Application: The application dossier consists of seven (7) items. Items 1-6 should be submitted by the applicant; item 7, the letters of recommendation, should be submitted by the referees. The following items should be submitted by the candidate in English:
1. Completed online application form 
2. Cover letter (1.5 pages maximum)
3. Curriculum Vitae (including list of publications)
4. Research proposal (maximum of 3 pages, single spaced)
5. One writing sample (article or book chapter, maximum of 50 pages)
6. An official letter from the applicant’s employer affirming that, should the fellowship be awarded, the applicant would be permitted to accept it and to spend the academic year 2015/2016 at Princeton University. In addition, complete applications must also include:
7.Three (3) confidential letters of recommendation in English, uploaded directly by the recommenders to the application website on or before the November 1 application deadline.
a. Letters should be saved in PDF format
b. Electronic letterhead and signature preferred, or a scanned signed letter on letterhead
c. Letters may be addressed to: Director, Andreas Wimmer
d. It is not necessary to mail a hard copy of the letter. If, however, the referee is unable to submit the letter electronically, it may be sent by mail, postmarked by November 1, 2014

application Deadline: Application deadline is November 1, 2014.

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