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


Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications are now closed for the 2024-26 postdoctoral fellowship.


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 2024.

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 expected base pay range for this position is $72,000 – $74,000. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity. 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 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, 2024 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: (closed). 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, 2024

Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching mission.