Call for Application: Berggruen Research Center Fellowship

About the Berggruen Research Center, Peking University
The Berggruen Research Center at Peking University (henceforth referred to as 'the Center') was established on December 19, 2018. Launched by the President of Peking University and the Chairman of the Berggruen Institute, the Center is a hub for East-West research and dialogue dedicated to cross-cultural and interdisciplinary studies of the transformations affecting humanity. The Center engages China's most outstanding thinkers to examine, share, and develop ideas to address global challenges. Intellectual themes for researchers and visiting scholars focus on frontier sciences, technologies and philosophy, frontier technologies and society, and transformation of governance. The Berggruen Institute has committed a generous amount of support to establish the Center, which includes a fellowship program, and houses program activities such as lectures and symposia alongside a host of other public events.

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About the Berggruen Fellowship
Selected Berggruen Fellows will work on topics related to either of the Center’s three core themes: Frontier Technology and Philosophy, Frontier Technology and Society, and Transformation of Governance. (For details of the core themes and existed projects, please refer to the description of programs in the here/uploads/image/2022/02/25/9d1986c952ba28a377c3e631fb4ebc84.jpg) The core themes serve as a broad guidance for applicants, who will need to propose their own specific research projects under those themes.

Click to know more about 2021-2022 Berggruen Fellows, and Berggruen Fellow alumni.

Thinkers in all areas, including science, philosophy, sociology, art, etc. are welcome to join us. The fellowship is part-time, and is expected to last one year from 2022 to 2023. The Center will negotiate with the fellow on their individual starting date. A yearly stipend of 200,000 CNY (before tax) will be paid to the selected fellow on a monthly basis, and the fellow is expected to be aware of her/his own income tax structures.

The selected fellow will negotiate an agreement with the Center to contribute to the Center's yearly programs, such as writing three short essays, organizing events, or conducting her/his own initiatives. Fellows are required to participate Center's fellow gathering events.

-  You must be based in Beijing [1].
-  You must be committed to intellectual work of the highest quality.
-  Applicants should hold the highest degree in their field of study or commensurate research expertise.    

To Apply
Send application materials denoted below to before May 31, 2022.

I. Curriculum Vitae
II. Project Statement
Your project statement (up to 1000 words) should answer two questions:

Question #1: What is your proposed project?
Concisely describe the work you plan to do during your fellowship year(s):
-  Explain the specific questions and research ideas that you will explore as well as your working schedule for the entire year of your fellowship.
-  Describe the public impact of your project: how will you collaborate with the Center to raise public awareness of this organization's theme and work?

Question #2: What is your most important work relevant to the Center's three core areas?
-  Identify your most important book, book chapter, or article and explain its importance and its relevance to the Center’s work. Explain how it corrected a misconception in the literature, how it advanced thinking in some salient way, and/or how it filled an important knowledge gap.

The application deadline is May 31, 2022. The Center's Academic Advisory Board, chaired by Professor Lin Jianhua and Professor Roger T. Ames, will decide upon the awardee. The awardee will receive notification of their fellowship before June 20, 2022.

[1] Due to pandemic travel restrictions, to better promote the communication among Berggruen Fellows, we invite Beijing based applicants only. The requirement will be adjusted for 2023-2024 Fellowship application.