CFA: Sheng Yen Education Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhism at UBC

CFA: Sheng Yen Education Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhism at UBC





The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus), invites applications for the Sheng Yen Education Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhism.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will have opportunities to interact with UBC colleagues on teaching and research.  The Department of Asian Studies has strengths in a number of areas, including especially East Asian history, religion, literary culture and thought.  Information about the Department and faculty research can be found on its website,

This postdoctoral position is generously funded by the Sheng Yen Education Foundation. It is a one-year position, commencing July 1, 2020, potentially renewable for an additional year subject to availability of funds, performance appraisal, and approval from the Department. Postdoctoral Fellow appointments, according to UBC Policy AP10 (UBC Policy on Postdoctoral Fellows), are intended to be temporary positions that begin within five years of being awarded the Ph.D. degree. The successful Fellow will be expected to teach two courses per year on topics related to Buddhism: one undergraduate course, and either an additional undergraduate course or a graduate seminar. The Fellow will be expected to conduct research in Chinese Buddhism, and such research may include Chinese Buddhism’s connections to other Buddhist traditions in Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The application dossier should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, description of research program, a sample chapter or scholarly paper (maximum 30 pages), and evidence of teaching effectiveness. All application materials should be submitted online at Three confidential letters of recommendation are to be submitted online by the referees at  The deadline for the receipt of applications and letters of recommendation is March 15, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.