– Dr. Dominic Boyer, 2021-22 Fellow
The Berggruen USC Fellowship, a partnership between the Berggruen Institute and the University of Southern California’s Dornsife Center on Science, Technology and Public Life welcomes academics, writers, creators, policymakers, and practitioners of all backgrounds to join our diverse community of intellectuals as we tackle the emerging crises of the 21st century. Over the course of their term, fellows will collaborate on cross-disciplinary projects aligned with the Berggruen Institute’s major areas of focus: Future of Democracy, Future of Capitalism, the Planetary, and Future Humans. Berggruen USC Fellows will be housed in Los Angeles and can take advantage of the intellectual resources of the University of Southern California. They are also encouraged to share their work and ideas with the broader public and develop joint intellectual activities with USC faculty and graduate students.
The 2023-24 Fellowship application cycle is from October 12, 2022 to January 2, 2023. Fellowships are fully funded and include relocation support, health insurance, and a research stipend. For more information and to apply online, please click here.
– Dr. Jin Li, 2015-17 Fellow
The Berggruen Fellowship Program is a cornerstone of the Institute’s mission to nurture ideas that shape the future. It was established in 2015 with the goal of bringing together the best possible minds from across cultural and political boundaries to explore the urgent questions of our times and develop innovative responses through collaborative interdisciplinary work. The focus of the fellowship has evolved from comparative philosophy and ethics to the profound and accelerating changes reshaping the foundations of the modern world.
In the early years of the program, we established academic partnerships with premier research universities throughout the world—Harvard, New York University, Oxford, Stanford, and Tsinghua—which would then host Berggruen Fellows during their academic-year terms. Beginning in 2018, BI has partnered with the University of Southern California to bring our fellows to Los Angeles to work from the Institute’s office at the Bradbury Building and the campus of USC to foster closer dialogue and collaboration among fellows.
Our fellows have produced written and multimedia content to disseminate ideas cultivated throughout their fellowships. Over 30 books have been published by our fellows during or in the immediate years following their Berggruen Fellowship terms. Fellows have also written op-eds for legacy media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Financial Times, and have contributed exclusive articles to Noema, BI’s flagship magazine. Fellows have also given congressional testimony, published policy whitepapers, delivered public lectures, and served as expert consultants to the UN, the WHO, and other governing bodies with global impact.