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

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The deadline for this program has passed. The description below is for information purposes only. Notifications will be sent in May 2014. 

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces a new 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. ACLS will organize competitions for the following:

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 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS 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, 2014. 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 Standard Time, November 5, 2013. 


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship Program in Buddhist Studies will provide one-year stipends to allow Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. degree at an accredited, degree-granting college or university.
  • Completion by the application deadline of all requirements for the Ph.D. 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/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

Fellowship Details

  • Annual stipend of $55,000. In addition, if required, a reimbursement of relocation costs up to $5,000.
  • Tenure: Fellowship period must begin between June 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, 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 Standard Time, November 5, 2013. 
  • No university overhead is permitted.


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Buddhist Studies will provide two years of funding to recent recipients of the Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. degree.  The teaching of one course per year will be encouraged.  Priority will be given to residence at universities providing a collegial atmosphere and working conditions that enable the postdoctoral fellow’s entry into an academic career in Buddhist studies. 

Eligibility 

  • Applicants must have the Ph.D. officially conferred by an accredited, degree-granting university no earlier than Jan 1, 2010. 
  • The Ph.D. degree must be completed by November 5, 2013 (including defense and revisions) and conferred by May 31, 2014. (If the date of conferral is after the application deadline, the application must include an institutional statement attesting that all requirements for the Ph.D. 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 except at the institution granting the applicant’s Ph.D.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 syllabus and a letter from the university confirming willingness to host the applicant for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship-in-residence.)

Note to Potential Host Institutions

Applicants should request a letter of support from the host institution at which they plan to spend the two-year fellowship period. This letter must be included by the applicant along with other application materials.

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/ACLS Collaborative Research Grants in Buddhist Studies

Grant Details

  • Maximum award: $200,000
  • Tenure: The grant period must begin between June 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. Grant periods may vary according to project needs, but they should be planned for between one and two years’ duration. Although team members may alternate their periods of release from teaching, at least three months must be spent by all team members in one location for joint research, study, analysis, or writing.
  • Stipends may be used for release from teaching for individual team members (up to $65,000 for a 12-month period) and for project costs (travel, communications, acquiring materials).
  • 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 Standard Time, November 5, 2013. 

 

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Collaborative Research Grants 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 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 grants will support only projects in which all principals dedicate a significant amount of effort to the joint work. Each team member must be released from teaching and other obligations for at least three months for each academic year of the grant period.

Workshops may be proposed for team members 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 grant, including funds for workshops and conferences, cannot exceed $200,000.

One team member 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 university of the lead project-team member.

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. 

Eligibility 

  • Teams may consist of two or more members, preferably not from the same institution.
  • Every team member must hold a Ph.D. conferred by an accredited, degree-granting university. However, an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the Ph.D. in publications and professional experience may also qualify.
  • The application must be written in English by one of the members of the team.
  • There are no residence or citizenship requirements. 
  • Every team member must be released from teaching for a minimum of three months per year of the grant period (i.e., a total of six months in a two-year project) to work on the proposed project.
  • A minimum of three consecutive months during the grant period must be spent by the team in one location, working full time on the project, 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.
  • Team members’ records of achievement and qualifications to carry out the work proposed.

 

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

Grant Details

  • The award must 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, 2016.
  • 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 15, 2014. 


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS 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.

Eligibility 

  • Host institutions must be accredited, degree-granting colleges or universities.
  • Visiting professors must hold a Ph.D. from an accredited, degree-granting university. However, an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the Ph.D. 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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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.