Gift establishes new Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley
January 23, 2009
BERKELEY - The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley is pleased to announce the establishment of the Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies. The new fellowship — the first of its kind in the world — is supported by a generous $1 million gift from the Shinnyo-en Foundation.
The Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies will offer distinguished recent graduates of doctoral programs around the world the opportunity to spend one academic year, with the possibility for extension for a second academic year, at UC Berkeley's Center for Buddhist Studies. Fellowship recipients will have the opportunity to advance their research, as well as to contribute to the vitality of the Center for Buddhist Studies intellectual community through participation in Center events, workshops, and teaching responsibilities (one course per semester).
The Shinnyo-en Order was established in 1938 by the Most Venerable Archbishop Shinjo Ito, who wished to foster among all people, regardless of spiritual belief, a culture of active public service as a way to achieve lasting understanding and harmony. UC Berkeley's Center for Buddhist Studies is honored to enter into this partnership with Shinnyo-en, in the interest of promoting excellence in the field of Buddhist Studies.
Applications for the first Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies will be solicited in the Fall of 2009, for appointment to begin in the fall of 2010.