Global Scholars Academy

Our collaborative programme with the Harvard Law School



For the second year, The Graduate Institute will co-host, along with Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy, the Global Scholars Academy, an intensive combination of online and residential experience designed to enable junior faculty and post-doctoral scholars to engage in sustained, interdisciplinary, peer-to-peer collaboration under the close mentorship of research faculty drawn from the world’s top universities. This year’s edition will take place in Budapest, Hungary from July 18–22, 2022. The Global Scholars Academy is made possible with generous support from the Open Society University Network (OSUN).

Building on the Institute’s dedication to interdisciplinary research, the Global Scholars Academy engages a growing community of scholars developing new thinking about the world’s most pressing policy challenges. While in residence, participants will workshop their ongoing research, review current scholarship developments, reconsider canonical texts, and network with colleagues from across the world.

Drawing on the interdisciplinary and global networks of both institutions, this venture aims to strengthen the next generation of scholars and university teachers by placing them in conversation with their global peers and strengthening their ability to rethink a global architecture ill-equipped to deal with the world’s most urgent challenges, from global poverty, inequality and injustice to conflict, migration and environmental change. 

The Academy is now open by application to advanced junior scholars, 2-5 years post-PhD and currently holding postdoctoral or faculty positions. We particularly welcome applications from scholars from the Global South and those working on policy challenges of concern to communities in the Global South.



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The 2022 Academy will offer a unique interdisciplinary curriculum designed for junior scholars with scholarly projects which focus on issues of significance for scholars and policymakers in the global South. The Academy will include thematic mini-courses, plenary lectures, and writing workshops. The Academy program is designed to strengthen academic and professional skills in presenting research, developing curricular materials and participating in global scholarly dialogue. Writing workshops will offer participants the opportunity to receive detailed, valuable feedback on their research from their peers and senior colleagues in small group settings.


  • Authoritarianism, Populism and Constitutional Authority

  • Colonial and Postcolonial Structures of Power and Domination

  • Commons from Global to Local

  • Critical and Social Theory

  • Development, Distribution and Inequality

  • Digital and Technological Transformations

  • Expertise, Knowledge, and Power

  • Gender, Poverty and Social Inclusion

  • Global Corporations

  • Social Movements

  • Sovereignty and Property

  • The Future of Work

  • The Urban Environment in a Global World