[Opportunity] The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces the fourth year of an initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies, funded by a three-year grant of $6.7 million from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.

The Foundation offers five competitions to support research and teaching.

  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

    Fellowship Details

    • Stipend of $30,000.
    • Tenure: 10 consecutive months, initiated by September 30, 2017, devoted full time to the dissertation. No other employment is permitted during the fellowship period.
    • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, November 15, 2016.

     

  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

    Fellowship Details

    • Annual stipend of $55,000 (In addition, if required, a relocation allowance of $5,000).
    • Tenure: Fellowship period must begin between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018, and must last for two academic years, subject to the regulations of the host institution.
    • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, November 15, 2016.
    • No university overhead is permitted.

     

  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

    Fellowship Details

    • Maximum award: $200,000
    • Tenure: The fellowship period must begin between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. Fellowship periods may vary according to project needs, but they should be planned for between one and two years’ duration.
    • It is preferred that Fellows devote time to the project that is free from teaching, administrative duties, and commissioned research during the academic year. Collaborative Fellows who take leave during the academic year may request stipends up to $65,000 for a nine month period to help fund release from teaching. If the project work is to take place during months without teaching obligations, Fellows may request stipends up to $23,000. Funds may also be requested for project costs (travel, communications, acquiring materials). The selection committee will consider Fellows’ designation of project time and requested stipends in assessing the team’s commitment to the collaborative project.
    • No university overhead is permitted.
    • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, November 15, 2016.

     

  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

    Fellowship Details

    • Stipend: up to $70,000, to provide release from other duties for devoting full time to the proposed project. The exact stipend will be calculated based on the Fellows’ current academic salary and other fellowships, grants, sabbatical salary to be received during fellowship tenure. A nine-month stipend may not exceed 125% of the annual academic salary.
    • Tenure: Fellowship period must begin after July 1, 2017, and must end by June 30, 2019. The tenure may last up to nine months and may be divided into two periods, each of which must be a minimum of three months.
    • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, November 15, 2016.
    • No university overhead is permitted.

     

  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

    Grant Details

    • Institutions of higher education worldwide are eligible to apply for grants up to $300,000 (to be expended over four years) in support of new teaching positions in Buddhist studies.
    • Award funds should be used only for the new professor’s salary, benefits, and research expenses, not for indirect or administrative costs, or office expenses.
    • In addition, applicant institutions are eligible to request funds for costs related to a competitive search for the proposed position. The request must not exceed the $300,000 maximum.
    • A letter must be attached to the application from the institution’s president, vice-chancellor, rector, provost, or dean expressing the institution’s commitment to maintain the seeded position as a permanent, tenure-track post after the expiration of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation funding. At institutions without a tenure-track system, the applicant must commit to continuing the position for a substantial period after the expiration of grant funding and must provide a description of how this commitment fits its contractual practices.
    • The heart of the application is a statement outlining the proposed position—its responsibilities, departmental location, its rank, the fit with the institution’s mission and curricular plans, and the qualifications sought in potential appointees. The statement should describe the process of identifying the appointee.

These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed, or the citizenship/residence of applicants. The final products of  research supported may be in any language. It is especially important, therefore, to publicize the program in Asia, both because Asia is the historical home of Buddhist traditions and because it is the site of outstanding contemporary scholarship.

Information about these fellowships and grants is now available in Burmese, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Thai, and Vietnamese.  The translations will circulate information about the program more widely, including via local Internet search engines.

Although the final products of research can be in any language, all applications must be submitted in English.

Applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (OFA). Applications will be available by August 31, 2016.

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