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    The new Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies is a global competition. 

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

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The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces the second year of an initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies funded by a $1.9 million grant from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. Working with the Foundation, ACLS will offer an articulated 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.

These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants.

Applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (OFA). The online applications system will open in July 2014.

 

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

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend of $30,000.
  • Tenure: 10 consecutive months devoted full time to the dissertation to be initiated by September 30, 2015. No other employment is permitted.
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, October 22, 2014. 


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program in Buddhist Studies will provide one-year stipends for PhD candidates to devote full time to preparing 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 the application deadline of all requirements for the PhD degree except research and writing of the dissertation.
  • The application must be written in English by the applicant.
  • There are no residence or citizenship requirements.

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.

 

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 June 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016, 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 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, October 22, 2014. 
  • No university overhead is permitted.


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Buddhist Studies will 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 will be encouraged.  Priority will be 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, 2011. 
  • The PhD degree must be completed by October 22, 2014 (including defense and revisions) and conferred by May 31, 2015. (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. Successful applicants will be asked to submit proof of conferral.)
  • A scholarly product must be proposed, such as a book or digital resource, to be written in any language. Collections of materials and databases are not eligible.
  • The application must be written in English by the applicant.
  • There are no residence or citizenship requirements. 
  • 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.

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. The university must submit via the online reference system a letter confirming willingness to host the applicant for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship-in residence.

Note to Potential Host Institutions

Applicants must request a letter of support from the host institution at which they plan 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. The fellowship will also cover health insurance, if not provided by the institution. Questions concerning financial details may be addressed to BuddhistStudies@acls.org.

 

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 June 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. 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 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 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, October 22, 2014. 

 

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies will 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 list 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 will 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 will 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 Fellows, preferably not from the same institution.
  • Every 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 may also qualify.
  • The application must be written in English by the Project Coordinator.
  • There are no residence or citizenship requirements. 
  • Every Fellow must be released from teaching 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 joint research, study, analysis, or writing.
  • The team must propose a jointly authored, research-based scholarly product, such as a book or digital resource, to be written in any language.

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.

 

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professorships in Buddhist Studies

Grant Details

  • The award may cover salary, insurance, relocation, housing, research, and modest direct university expenses. A budget must be provided in the application and not exceed $200,000 per annum.
  • The award is paid to the host institution on presentation of a signed contract with the professor for one or two semesters of teaching
  • Tenure: Teaching must be concluded by June 30, 2017.
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, January 14, 2015. 


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professorships in Buddhist Studies will allow universities and colleges to host accomplished scholar-teachers in Buddhist studies as visiting professors for one semester or one academic year. Institutions with existing programs of Buddhist studies may strengthen their curricula and research capacity. Institutions without such programs may accept a visiting professor as a means of exploring the contribution this field could make to the institution’s portfolio.

Universities and colleges seeking to host visiting professors will apply to ACLS, specifying the scholar to be invited. The institution’s application should include a statement from the designated professor proposing courses to be taught. Invited professors will normally be on leave from another institution; these grants are not intended to fund scholars seeking faculty positions.

Eligibility 

  • Host institutions must be accredited, degree-granting colleges or universities.
  • Visiting professors must hold a PhD from an accredited, degree-granting university. However, an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify.
  • This is a global competition. There are no requirements as to location of the university or the professor’s citizenship.
  • Professorships may be for one or two semesters.
  • Courses to be taught must be in Buddhist studies and must be described in the professor’s statement attached to the institution’s application.

Selection Criteria

  • The academic quality of the courses proposed.
  • The fit between the university’s interests and the professor’s qualifications and interests.
  • The breadth of the professor’s contribution to the university (teaching of undergraduates and graduate students, organization of lecture series, conferences, etc.).
  • The professor’s potential contribution to the international field of Buddhist studies.

Please send all inquiries to BuddhistStudies@acls.org.

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Online Fellowship Application

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.