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UC Berkeley Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies 2017-2019

With the generous support of the Shinnyo en Foundation, the two-year Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended to foster the academic careers of recent Ph.D.'s, providing time to pursue their research along with the opportunity to gain teaching experience. Fellows are expected to teach one course per year under the auspices of the Group in Buddhist Studies. In addition, Fellows will give a public lecture on their research as part of the Center for Buddhist Studies Colloquium Series, and they are expected to take part in regular Center for Buddhist Studies events and workshops. We particularly welcome applicants whose research and teaching interests complement areas covered by Berkeley's Buddhist Studies faculty. Fellows will be provided with office space, library privileges, a salary of approximately $50,000 per annum that comes with benefits, and $5,000 in research/travel funds.

Applicants must have their doctoral degrees before the start of the appointment, and must be no more than six years out of their doctorate. Candidates will need to send in a certified copy of their Ph.D. certificate before travelling to Berkeley.

Applicants whose teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of Japanese Buddhism should apply to the Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism, administered through the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley, rather than to the Shinjo Ito Fellowship in Buddhist Studies.

Applicants whose teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of Chinese Buddhism should apply to the Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhism, also administered through the Center for Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley, rather than to the Shinjo Ito Fellowship in Buddhist Studies.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Graduate school transcripts
  3. A personal statement of no more than 2000 words outlining previous research (including dissertation), the research the applicant will undertake during the term of the fellowship, future professional goals, as well as any other information deemed relevant to the application
  4. A writing sample
  5. A two- to four-page statement of teaching interests, along with two brief course proposals (with optional syllabi) of courses they propose to teach for the Group in Buddhist Studies (Note: UC Berkeley courses normally meet a total of three or four hours per week throughout a fourteen-week semester)
  6. Contact information for three letters of recommendation

Application Deadline and Notification of Award

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted online through the AP Recruit system at UC Berkeley by January 30, 2017. The call for applications for the 2017-2019 position and direct link to the online application system will be posted here in early December, 2016. Hardcopy, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Only complete applications will be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation by the closing date. Awards will be announced in March, 2017.