Aśvaghoṣa Bodhisattva

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


Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications CLOSED for The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship (2022–24).

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022 at 5:00 pm PST.

About the Fellowship

The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford (the HCBSS) invites qualified candidates to apply to the HCBSS Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is for a two-year term, beginning in the Fall of 2022.

We invite applications from scholars in all areas of Buddhist Studies whose research interests would complement and augment the work of our current faculty and graduate students, and whose work promises to significantly contribute to the field of Buddhist Studies.

The Fellowship will provide a stipend, annual research fund, standard benefits, and relocation funds. The Fellow will teach one course per year in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford, give one talk on their research during the term of the fellowship, and actively participate in the HCBSS events and programs. The Fellow is expected to be in residence at Stanford for the full academic year (mid-September through mid-June), including quarters when he or she is not teaching, and to be an active member of our scholarly community.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022 at 5:00 pm PST.


  • Applicants must have completed their PhD no more than three years prior to the date of appointment to the fellowship.
  • A Doctorate in Arts (DA), honorary doctorate, or any other degree equivalent is not considered a qualified PhD for the purposes of application to this fellowship.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously held another post-doctoral appointment.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted via our online application system: https://apply.interfolio.com/99981. 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 you accept another position or postdoctoral fellowship after submitting your application for the HCBSS Postdoctoral Fellowship, please withdraw your application as soon as possible by emailing buddhiststudies [at] stanford.edu (subject: HCBSS%20Postdoctoral%20Fellowship) (buddhiststudies[at]stanford[dot]edu).

Application Materials

  1. Cover letter (about one page, single-spaced) describing research and teaching interests, and 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. Sample of written work (article length)
  6. Description of teaching experience and proposal for 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 PhD or a letter from their PhD advisor stating that they will have the PhD conferred by July 1, 2022

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.