Aśvaghoṣa Bodhisattva

Memyō Bosatsu (Aśvaghoṣa Bodhisattva) Mounted on a Horse. Digital image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application for The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford postdoctoral fellowship (2020-22) is CLOSED.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST.

About the Fellowship

The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies (HCBSS) Postdoctoral Fellowship seeks to bring outstanding young scholars to Stanford for two years in order to foster and further their careers through close interaction with established scholars, including Stanford faculty in Buddhist Studies. 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 HCBSS activities, and engage in scholarly exchange with Stanford faculty, graduate students, visiting professors, and visiting scholars. During the term of the fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to present their research to the Stanford community of scholars. Each Fellow will be sponsored by one of Stanford’s Buddhist Studies faculty.

For the 2020-22 Fellowship, applications are accepted from all areas of Buddhist Studies.


The stipend for 2020-21 is $65,000.The annual stipend will be spread over a 12-month period. Fellows are eligible for full Stanford employee status. In addition, Fellows will receive up to $10,000 for moving expenses and also $2,000 per year for research expenses.


Applicants must be within three years of completing their Ph.D. at the date of appointment to the fellowship.

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. They 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.

Application Instructions

Application Process:

Applications should be submitted via our online application system: http://apply.interfolio.com/70418 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 beginning of March. Please do not call or email our staff members to check on the status of your application. They will not have access to your file. 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.

Application to the HCBSS Postdoctoral Fellowship requires the following materials:

  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 information;
  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 the applicant would like to teach at Stanford (up to three pages, single-spaced). Applicants will teach through the Department of Religious Studies, and should keep this in mind when proposing courses.
  7. Three confidential letters of recommendation;
  8. Graduate transcript, with proof that the applicant has completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. or a letter from their Ph.D. advisor stating they will have done so by June 2020.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.