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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Paul Harrison

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Harrison, Paul
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
John Kieschnick
Department Name: 
Buddhist Studies
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
2019-21 Ho Center for Buddhist Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship
Appointment Start Date: 
September 1, 2019
How to Submit Application Materials: 

The application to the HCBSS Postdoctoral Fellowship consists of the following material:
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 and biographical information about the applicant;
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;
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 2019.

Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship
Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. PST, January 31, 2019.
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 at Stanford (HCBSS) seeks to bring outstanding young scholars to Stanford on two-year postdoctoral fellowships. HCBSS Postdoctoral 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 program of lectures, workshops, and conferences, and engage in scholarly exchange with Stanford faculty, graduate students, visiting professors, and visiting scholars. During the term of the fellowship, HCBSS Postdoctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to present their research to the Stanford community of scholars, and will work closely with Stanford's Buddhist Studies faculty, one of whom will act as the Fellow's sponsor.
For fellowship beginning in September 1, 2019, applications are accepted from all areas of Buddhist Studies.
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.

Required Qualifications: 

Applicants must be within three years of completing their Ph.D.  In addition to doctoral students approaching completion and 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 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, give one talk on their research during the term of the fellowship, and enjoy substantial time to pursue research. 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.

Required Application Materials: 

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 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


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