Launched in 2015 in partnership with the University of Southern California's Dornsife Center on Science, Technology and Public Life, the program supports transformative research with the potential to shape human society while promoting both academic and cultural exchange. To that end, Berggruen Fellows and Researchers are provided with flexible periods of work and study in both the United States and China through academic exchanges at Harvard University, New York University, the University of Oxford, Peking University, Stanford University, and Tsinghua University.
The 2020-21 class of Berggruen Fellows includes Aneesh Aneesh, a professor of sociology and the former director of the Global Studies Program at the Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, who will use his fellowship to explore an alternative framework for citizenship in a stateless world society; Shunong Bai, a professor of plant biology at Peking University whose work is focused on interpreting human behavior through the "Logic of Life"; East Asian Studies expert Xiao Liu, who will research how human transformation under evolving technological conditions demands a rethinking of existing approaches to technology governance; and Lana Swartz, an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, who plans to examine the cultural meaning of financial scams in the digital age. Senior fellows include Laura D'Andrea Tyson, a professor of business administration and economics at the University of California, Berkeley, co-founder of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Clinton administration.
"Drawn from a variety of disciplines and from countries all over the world, Berggruen Fellows and Researchers aim to seed and develop ideas that address major shifts in the world's fundamental systems," said Berggruen Institute vice president of programs Nils Gilman. "As the pandemic has raised obstacles to collaboration, our program crucially provides an integrative environment in which [f]ellows can refine and build upon each other's research."