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 2019-21 Fellowship, applications are accepted from all areas of Buddhist Studies.


We are now accepting applications for the 2019-21 Fellowship. Please submit your application electronically by 5 p.m. PST, January 31, 2019 via Interfolio.

Notifications will be sent via email by late February 2019.


Applicants must be within three years of completing their Ph.D.  In additional to doctoral students approaching completion, recently graduated, or those currently serving as lecturers in other programs are welcome to apply, provided they earned their degree within three 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 2019-21 is $62,000. The annual stipend will be spread over a 12-month period. Fellows are appointed as non-matriculated students. In addition, Fellows will receive up to $10,000 for moving expenses and also $2,000 per year for research 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.

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 buddhiststudies@stanford.edu.

The application to the HCBSS Postdoctoral Fellowship consists of the following material:

  • 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;
  • Contact and biographical information about the applicant;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Dissertation abstract (up to three pages, single spaced);
  • A sample of written work (article length);
  • 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;
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation;
  • Graduate transcript, with proof that applicants have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. or a letter from their Ph.D. advisor stating they will have done so by June 2019.
Application date
2 years
Humanities : Philosophy, Theology and religion