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

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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.

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.


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 Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies provide one-year stipends to PhD candidates for full time preparation of dissertations.  The fellowship period may be used for fieldwork, archival research, analysis of findings, or for writing after research is complete. 

Eligibility 

  • Pursuit of the PhD degree at an accredited, degree-granting university.
  • Completion by April 15, 2017 of all requirements for the PhD degree except research and writing of the dissertation (the equivalent of ABD in the US system). A successful applicant, before being named a Fellow, must provide confirmation of ABD status (this must come from a university official). 
  • The application must be written in English by the applicant.
  • There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed, or the citizenship/residence of applicants.

Selection Criteria

  • Intrinsic significance of the topic and its potential contribution to Buddhist studies.
  • Coherence and cogency of presentation.
  • Feasibility of the plan of work.
  • Potential of the applicant for an academic career in Buddhist studies.

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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 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies provide two years of funding to recent recipients of the PhD for residence at a university for the purpose of revising the dissertation into a publishable manuscript or for beginning the first new project after completion of the PhD degree.  The teaching of one course per year is encouraged.  Priority is given to residence at universities or colleges providing a collegial atmosphere and working conditions enabling the postdoctoral Fellow’s entry into an academic career in Buddhist studies. 

Eligibility 

  • Applicants must have the PhD officially conferred by an accredited, degree-granting university no earlier than January 1, 2013. 
  • The PhD degree must be completed by April 15, 2017 (including defense/deposit and revisions) and conferred by May 31, 2017. (If the date of completion or conferral is after the application deadline, the application must include an institutional statement attesting that all requirements for the PhD will be fulfilled by the dates specified. A successful applicant, before being named a Fellow, must submit proof that the PhD was completed by April 15, 2017 and conferred by May 31, 2017 (this must come from a university official). 
  • A scholarly product must be proposed, to be written in any language. Translations, collections, or databases are not eligible without an accompanying scholarly apparatus.
  • The application must be written in English by the applicant.
  • There are no restrictions as to residence or citizenship, or as to location of research.
  • The fellowship-in-residence may be proposed at any university or college EXCEPT at the institution granting the applicant’s PhD or the institution of current employment. The proposed host university must submit via the online reference system a letter confirming willingness to host the applicant for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship-in residence.

Selection Criteria

  • Intrinsic significance of the topic and its potential contribution to Buddhist studies.
  • Coherence and cogency of presentation.
  • Feasibility of the plan of work.
  • Record of the applicant’s previous accomplishments.
  • Compatibility of the applicant with the proposed university. (The application must include a sample course outline.) 

Note to Potential Host Institutions

The applicant must request a letter of support from the host institution at which he or she plans to spend the two-year fellowship period. This letter must be submitted by the host institution via the online application reference system.

The fellowship provides an annual stipend for the Fellow and will cover health insurance, if not provided by the institution. Questions concerning financial details may be addressed to BuddhistStudies@acls.org.

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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 Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies support work that may be interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary. International and multilingual projects are encouraged. Especially welcome are projects that relate different Buddhist traditions to each other or that relate scholarship on the broad Buddhist tradition to contemporary concerns in other academic fields.

Applications must identify the project coordinator and the other principal collaborators, all of whom will be named Collaborative Fellows. Applications must propose a clear plan for the collaboration with a jointly-authored, research-based scholarly product. While scholars collaborate in many ways, such as reviewing each other’s work or sharing ideas at conferences, these fellowships support only projects in which all Collaborative Fellows dedicate a significant amount of effort to the joint work. 

Workshops may be proposed for Fellows and a small number of colleagues working on a similar topic. Conferences may also be proposed, but these must include public events for presentation of the work accomplished during the project. Proposals for such events must be applied for separately and require detailed budgets. Up to $5,000 is available for workshops; up to $15,000 for conferences. The total amount of the fellowship, including funds for workshops and conferences, cannot exceed $200,000. 

Requests to fund conferences or workshops will be considered only as part of a broader, research-based project. Conferences or meetings in themselves do not fulfill the requirement for jointly authored, research-based scholarly products.

The Project Coordinator should apply on behalf of the team with requests for individual stipend amounts (and the associated periods of work on the project) and with requests (if any) for workshops and conferences. It is expected that project funds will be received, disbursed, and reported on by the project coordinator's university.

Eligibility

  • Teams may consist of two or more Collaborative Fellows, preferably not from the same institution.
  • Every Collaborative Fellow must hold a PhD conferred by an accredited, degree-granting university. However, an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the PhD in publications and professional experience might also qualify.
  • The application must be written in English by the Project Coordinator.
  • There are no restrictions as to residence or citizenship, or as to location of research.
  • Every Fellow must be released from teaching, administrative duties, and commissioned research on other topics for a minimum of three months per year of the fellowship period (i.e., a total of six months in a two-year project) to work on the proposed project.
  • Although Collaborative Fellows may alternate their periods of release from teaching, at least three months must be spent by all Fellows in one location for full-time joint research, study, analysis, or writing.
  • A scholarly product must be proposed that may be written in any language. Translations, collection, or databases are not eligible without any accompanying scholarly apparatus.

Selection Criteria

  • Intrinsic significance of the project.
  • Coherence and cogency of presentation.
  • Potential contribution to Buddhist studies by relating different Buddhist traditions to each other or relating scholarship on the broad Buddhist tradition to contemporary concerns in other academic fields.
  • Innovation and effectiveness in utilizing diverse disciplinary perspectives and methodologies, and in crossing national, cultural, and linguistic borders.
  • Feasibility of the plan of work.
  • Collaborative Fellows’ records of achievement and qualifications to carry out the work proposed.

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

Research fellowships offer support for research and writing in Buddhist studies for scholars who hold a PhD degree, with no restrictions on time from the PhD.

These fellowships provide scholars time free from teaching and other responsibilities to devote full-time to research and writing on the project proposed. The fellowship period may last up to nine months, during which time no teaching, commissioned research on other topics, or administrative duties are allowed. The fellowship may be separated into two periods, each of which must be a minimum of three months. If the entire duration is less than a total of nine months (minimum of six months), the stipend will be prorated.

There are no restrictions as to the location of the work conducted. Applicants must identify a significant scholarly product (monograph, series of journal articles, etc.) that will result from the fellowship. They will be asked for a final report at the end of the fellowship tenure describing progress made, and will be asked to report on the products resulting from it when they are published.

By accepting a stipend, the Fellow must stipulate that she/he has been officially released from teaching, commissioned research, or other employment during the entire fellowship period. 

A Research Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, but the total received cannot exceed 125% of the Fellow’s academic annual salary. There is no additional financial support for dependents.

Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2017 and must conclude by June 30, 2019.

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.


Eligibility

  • Applicants must have a PhD degree conferred by an accredited, degree-granting university. (An established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify.)
  • The PhD degree must be completed by November 15, 2016 (including defense and revisions) and be conferred by May 31, 2017. (If the date of conferral is after the application deadline, the application must include an institutional statement attesting that all requirements for the PhD have been fulfilled. A successful applicant will be asked to submit proof of conferral before being named a Fellow.)
  • A scholarly product must be proposed that may be written in any language. Translations, collections, or databases are not eligible without an accompanying scholarly apparatus.
  • The application must be written in English by the applicant.
  • There are no restrictions as to residence or citizenship, or as to location of research.

Selection Criteria

  • Intrinsic significance of the topic and its potential contribution to Buddhist studies.
  • Coherence and cogency of presentation.
  • Feasibility of the plan of work.
  • Record of the applicant’s previous accomplishments.

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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.

Eligibility

  • Institutions of higher education worldwide--accredited colleges and universities--are eligible to apply.
  • The application must be written in English.
  • This is a global competition. There are no requirements regarding the location of the institution or the language(s) of instruction.
  • Applications must include a multi-year plan for matching at least 1/3 of Foundation funding over the grant period, but the matching ratio need not be the same each year. (Please see a sample schedule for sequenced funding that meets the matching requirement here.)

Selection Criteria

  • The institution’s commitment to establishing a tenure-track position in Buddhist Studies. 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.
  • Coherence and cogency of presentation.
  • Feasibility of the proposed budget and plan of establishing the new position.
  • The institution’s record in teaching and research.

Online application forms will be available at http://ofa.acls.org/.

Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, January 11, 2017.

Questions should be directed to BuddhistStudies@acls.org. Please read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before making inquiries.

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July 7-9, 2015
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Buddhist studies are present in many academic disciplines and specializations.  Some of the fields engaged in the study of Buddhist traditions as well as contemporary developments are history, philosophy, archaeology, art history, anthropology, philology, and studies of religion.

For the purpose of this competition, Buddhist studies are defined broadly. It is incumbent on the applicant to state the relation of the proposed project to scholarship and to provide a rationale for the disciplinary approach to be employed.