Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Ho 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 on two-year fellowships. 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 the active HCBSS activities, and engage in scholarly exchanges with Stanford faculty, graduate students, visiting professors, and visiting scholars.

The HCBSS postdoctoral fellowship seeks to foster and further Fellows’ careers through close interaction with established scholars, including Stanford faculty in Buddhist Studies, visiting professors and scholars, and invited speakers. During the term of the fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to present their research to the Stanford community of scholars. Fellows will also gain teaching experience while having ample time for their own research and the opportunity to participate in HCBSS programs, workshops and conferences. Fellows will work closely with Buddhist Studies Faculty at Stanford and will be sponsored by one of the faculty members.

For the 2017-19 Fellowship, applications are accepted from all areas of Buddhist Studies.


Applicants must be within five years of completing their Ph.D.  In additional to doctoral students approaching completion and recently graduated, those currently serving as assistant professors, lecturers, or postdoctorates in other programs are welcome to apply, provided they earned their degree within five years of the date of application.

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


Fellows will teach one course per year in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford, actively participate in HCBSS events and programs, and give one talk on their research during the term of the fellowship. Fellows 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.


The stipend for 2017-19 is $58,000. The annual stipend will be spread over a 12-month period. Fellows are eligible for full Stanford employee status and benefits. In addition Fellows will receive an account in the amount of $7,000 to fund research and/or moving expenses.

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 end of February. Please do not call or email our staff members to check on the status of applications. They will not have access to your files. Our appointments committee will make the final decision.

Application date
16 Jan 2017
2 years
America United States Pacific
Humanities Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 3 years
Award granted
US$ 58.000/year + research and travel expenses