Aśvaghoṣa Bodhisattva

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


Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications for The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020–22) are 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 brings outstanding early-career scholars to Stanford for two years to foster and advance their careers through close collaboration with established scholars, particularly Stanford faculty in Buddhist Studies. During the fellowship term, fellows are 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 the Stanford community. Fellows will also have the opportunity to present their research to the Stanford community. Each Fellow will be sponsored by one of Stanford’s Buddhist Studies faculty.

Applications are accepted for all areas of Buddhist Studies for the 2020–22 Fellowship.


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


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.


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 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@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, 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 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.