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Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces the fourth year of an initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies, funded by a three-year grant of $6.7 million from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.

These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants. The final products of  research supported may be in any language.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Buddhist Studies will provide two years of funding to recent recipients of the PhD for residence at a university for the purpose of revising the dissertation into a publishable manuscript or for beginning the first new project after completion of the PhD degree. The teaching of one course per year will be encouraged.  Priority will be given to residence at universities or colleges providing a collegial atmosphere and working conditions enabling the postdoctoral Fellow’s entry into an academic career in Buddhist studies.


  • Applicants must have the PhD officially conferred by an accredited, degree-granting university no earlier than January 1, 2013. 
  • The PhD degree must be completed by April 15, 2017 (including defense/deposit and revisions) and conferred by May 31, 2017. (If the date of completion or conferral is after the application deadline, the application must include an institutional statement attesting that all requirements for the PhD will be fulfilled by the dates specified. A successful applicant, before being named a Fellow, must submit proof that the PhD was completed by April 15, 2017 and conferred by May 31, 2017 (this must come from a university official). 
  • A scholarly product must be proposed, to be written in any language. Translations, collections, or databases are not eligible without an accompanying scholarly apparatus.
  • The application must be written in English by the applicant.
  • There are no restrictions as to residence or citizenship, or as to location of research.
  • The fellowship-in-residence may be proposed at any university or college EXCEPT at the institution granting the applicant’s PhD or the institution of current employment/affiliation. The proposed host university must submit via the online reference system a letter confirming willingness to host the applicant for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship-in residence.

Selection Criteria

  • Intrinsic significance of the topic and its potential contribution to Buddhist studies.
  • Coherence and cogency of presentation.
  • Feasibility of the plan of work.
  • Record of the applicant’s previous accomplishments.
  • Compatibility of the applicant with the proposed university. (The application must include a sample course outline.) 

Applicants must request a letter of support from the host institution at which they plan to spend the two-year fellowship period. This letter must be submitted by the host institution via the online application reference system.

The fellowship provides an annual stipend of US$ 55,000 for the Fellow. The fellowship will also cover health insurance, if not provided by the institution.


Fellowship period must begin between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018, and must last for two academic years, subject to the regulations of the host institution.

Application date
15 Nov 2016
2 years
America United States Mid-Atlantic Asia Hong Kong
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Medical Ethics Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 4 years
Award granted
US$ 55.000/year + relocation expenses