UC Berkeley Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhism

With the generous support of the Sheng Yen Educational Foundation, the Center for Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for a two-year full-time postdoctoral research-teaching fellowship. The term of the appointment is July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021.

The Fellowship is intended to foster the academic careers of recent PhD's whose area of research is Chinese Buddhism; the Fellowship will provide them with time and funding to pursue their research along with the opportunity to gain teaching experience. Fellows are expected to teach one course per year in the Lecturer title under the auspices of the Group in Buddhist Studies. In addition, Fellows will give a public lecture on their research as part of the Center for Buddhist Studies Colloquium Series, and they are expected to take part in regular Center for Buddhist Studies events and workshops. Fellows will be provided with office space, library privileges, an annual salary of approximately $55,000, health benefits, and research/travel funds of $5,000. Funding and administrative support is also available for Fellows to convene workshops and conferences in their area of research.

Applicants must have their PhD or equivalent degree in hand by their start date. At the time of application, the basic minimum qualification is the completion of all degree requirements other than the dissertation, in Chinese Buddhism or a closely related field.

Application Deadline and Notification of Award

This position will be opened until filled. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through AP Recruit. Review of applications will begin February 16, 2019. Hardcopy, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Please direct any questions to Sanjyot Mehendale at sanjyotm@berkeley.edu.

All letters of recommendation will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality.

Only complete applications will be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation by the initial review date to ensure full consideration. Awards are anticipated to be announced in March, 2019.

Selection Criteria

Finalists will be selected on the basis of overall academic excellence, promise of future academic achievement, and the viability of their proposed research projects. Selected Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to carry out their proposed individual research projects while taking full advantage of Berkeley’s robust Buddhist studies program. This includes participating in graduate seminars, workshops, conferences, talks, and so on. Candidates can be of any citizenship or nationality.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through AP Recruit.

Application date
2 years
Humanities : Philosophy, Theology and religion