Postdoctoral Fellowship

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The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020–2022

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The Center will award one fellowship every two years.

About the Fellowship

The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies (HCBSS) Postdoctoral Fellowship seeks to bring outstanding young scholars to Stanford for two years in order to foster and further their careers through close interaction with established scholars, including Stanford faculty in Buddhist Studies. Fellows will be affiliated with the Center, enjoy substantial time to pursue research, teach one course per year in the Department of Religious Studies, participate in HCBSS activities, and engage in scholarly exchange with Stanford faculty, graduate students, visiting professors, and visiting scholars. During the term of the fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to present their research to the Stanford community of scholars. Each Fellow will be sponsored by one of Stanford’s Buddhist Studies faculty.

For the 2020–22 Fellowship, applications are accepted from all areas of Buddhist Studies.


The stipend for 2020–21 is $65,000. The annual stipend will be spread over a 12-month period. Fellows are eligible for full Stanford employee status. In addition, Fellows will receive up to $10,000 for moving expenses and also $2,000 per year for research expenses.


Applicants must be within three years of completing their Ph.Dat the date of appointment.

A Doctorate in Arts (D.A.), honorary doctorate, or any other degree equivalent is not considered a qualified Ph.D. for the purpose of application to this fellowship.


Fellows will teach one course per year in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford, participate actively in HCBSS events and programs, and give one talk on their research during the term of the fellowship. They are expected to be in residence at Stanford for the full academic year (mid-September through mid-June), including quarters when they are not teaching.

Application Instructions

Application Process:

Applications should be submitted via our online application system: Please do not submit additional materials with your application; only the required documents as specified below. Applicants will be notified when their applications have been received and will be notified of the fellowship outcome by the beginning of March. Please do not call or email our staff members to check on status of applications. They will not have access to your files. Our appointments committee will make the final decision.

If, after lodging your application for a HCBSS Postdoctoral Fellowship, you accept another position or postdoctoral fellowship, please withdraw your application as soon as possible by emailing

Application to the HCBSS Postdoctoral Fellowship requires the following materials:

  1. Cover letter (about one page, single spaced) describing research and teaching interests in addition to detailing the reasons for the applicant’s interest in coming to the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford;
  2. Contact information;
  3. Curriculum Vitae;
  4. Dissertation abstract (up to three pages, single spaced);
  5. A sample of written work (article length);
  6. A description of teaching experience and of two to three courses you would like to teach at Stanford (up to three pages, single spaced). Applicants will teach through the Department of Religious Studies, and should keep this in mind when proposing courses;
  7. Three confidential letters of recommendation;
  8. Graduate transcript, with proof that applicants have completed all the requirements for the PhD or a letter from their PhD advisor stating they will do so by June 2020.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.