Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Rocher Foundation offers an In-Residence Teaching and Research Fellowship in Classical Indology for new PhD holders

Applications for the next round of Rocher Fellowships are due by January 15, 2024. Applications may be submitted at any time until the deadline of January 15, 2024. The results of the competition will be announced to applicants on or about April 3, 2024.

Classical Indology defined

For purposes of the Rocher Postdoctoral Fellowships, “Classical Indology” is defined as the humanistic study of texts and related materials in Sanskrit, the Prakrits, Pali, the premodern Dravidian languages, and other premodern Indian languages, as well as the languages of their extended cultural spheres and roles, for example Persian and Kawi. Related arts and material cultures are also within the purview of the program, as is the historiography of Indology’s development and interaction with the study of other cultures. 


Persons eligible to apply for a Rocher Post-doctoral Fellowship must have completed a doctoral degree or equivalent (typically PhD or DPhil) in a relevant field of Classical Indology at an accredited university in any country within five years before the beginning date of the fellowship. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD degree not later than January 15, 2024.

Work supported

The Rocher Fellowship is intended to provide recent PhDs in classical Indology with an opportunity to revise their dissertations and prepare them in publishable form, and/or to undertake a new, post-dissertation research project.

Terms of the fellowships

Rocher Postdoctoral Fellowships will carry an annual stipend of $60,000 per year plus a research fund of up to $2,000 with the possibility of renewal for one year. The grant is contingent on the grantee having satisfactory affiliation with a United States institution. Continuation in the second year will be conditional on: (a) the grantee’s submission of a report documenting satisfactory progress during the first year (see Reporting requirements); and (b) a letter from an appropriate officer of a host institution indicating its willingness to continue hosting the grantee for the second year.

Upon request and within budgetary constraints, the Foundation may be able to partially defray some ancillary costs necessary to facilitate the work of the fellow.

Period of tenure

The fellowship period begins at the commencement of an academic session of the host institution (see Affiliation with host institution) and continues for up to 24 months of support.

Affiliation with host institution in the United States

Rocher Foundation Fellowships are in-residence grants. Grantees will have to be affiliated with an appropriate sponsoring university or other sponsoring institution of higher learning and/or research in the United States. At the time of application, the applicants will be asked to propose one (or more) such institutional sponsor, including the relevant program or department and/or individual guide or mentor. It is, of course, advisable for the application to contact said institution(s) and/or individual(s) before submitting their application. Normally, the institution would be other than the one from which the applicant received the PhD degree, although exceptions can be made in certain cases, the importance of which would have to be explained in the application statement.

Teaching component

Grantees will be expected to independently teach one course and to present at least one lecture in an appropriate forum at their host institution during each year of their fellowship. Applicants who would be hosted by non-teaching institutions such as independent research centers or museums may submit a tentative program of lectures and seminars.

In no circumstance should the postdoctoral fellowship be conceived by the host institution as leave replacement, course relief, or succession of a faculty member. Applicants may not be hosted by an institution in which they have previously served in a faculty capacity.   

Reporting requirements

Grantees will be required to submit progress reports (not more than 500 words) to the board of the Rocher Foundation biannually, on December 31 and June 15 of the years during which the grant is in effect. Failure to submit reports promptly may result in suspension or revocation of the Fellowship.

A more detailed report, up to 1000 words in length, is to be submitted to the Foundation within one month after the end of the grant period. Awardees are also expected to provide to the Foundation copies of any scholarly publications resulting from research conducted during the grant period, regardless of their date of final publication.