The selected USC Berggruen Fellows will work on project(s) under at least one of the Berggruen Institute’s key thematic areas of research: The Planetary, Future Humans, Future of Capitalism, and the Future of Democracy. Find a description of each thematic area and associated projects here. Applicants should describe how they plan to participate in and contribute to one of these projects during their fellowship period.
Find a description of the fellowship and instructions on how to apply here.
USC Berggruen Fellows can be either academics or unattached intellectuals (for whom the Berggruen Fellowship may serve as a retreat from work in industry, government, or the arts) but above all must be committed to intellectual work of the highest quality. Applicants should have a terminal degree or commensurate research expertise in the appropriate field of study.
In addition to well-qualified individuals with independent projects, we also seek teams of scholars eager to come to the Berggruen Institute to work together on a shared project or theme. We are especially eager to support teams that include diverse or unusual institutional, professional, disciplinary and national backgrounds. Those applying as a team should each apply individually, and indicate that they would like to have their application considered in conjunction with the other scholars on their team.
USC Berggruen Fellows will work from the Berggruen Institute’s office in Downtown Los Angeles, and will have access to the scholarly resources of the University of Southern California, and will present their research to faculty and students at USC. They will also participate in BI-organized working groups focused on their particular area of the Great Transformations.
The term of the fellowship is flexible. Stipend is commensurate with qualifications. For a full-year fellowship, Fellows with academic appointments will receive a stipend based on half of their annual academic year salary, up to $75,000 with the expectation that their home institution will make up the remainder. Fellows without sabbatical half-salary or a similar partial remuneration package can be paid up to $90,000 or more, depending on position and seniority. Fellows will be provided with $3,000 in research funds. Fellows from outside the Los Angeles area will be offered housing assistance and relocation subsidy.
In order to apply to become a USC Berggruen Fellow, please submit an electronic application via the USC application portal. In addition to filling out the form, please upload a full CV, project statement, writing sample, and the contact information for two letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation deadline is January 16, 2023.