Postdoctoral Fellowship

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

Applications for the first round of Rocher Fellowships are due on January 16, 2023. The results of the competition will be announced to applicants on or about April 3, 2023.

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 pre-modern 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. 

Eligibility

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 of the year in which the fellowship is to begin.

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 plus a research fund of up to $2,000 for two continuous years. 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 the 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 the academic year of the host institution (see Affiliation with host institution) and continues for the two following years.

Application procedure

Applicants will fill out and submit ‏The Ludo and Rosane Rocher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships application form on the Foundation’s website and submit it together with the additional materials listed there. These include a brief (two pages maximum) CV, a project proposal of not more than 1000 words describing the research to be undertaken, and the name of a faculty member at the proposed host institution who would serve as the fellow’s mentor. Applicants must also submit two letters of support from academic persons familiar with their work, plus a letter from an appropriate authority in the proposed host institution indicating the institution’s willingness to host the applicant. Further details concerning these documents are given in the application form. Applications for the first round of Rocher Fellowships are due on January 16, 2023. The results of the competition will be announced to applicants on or about April 3, 2023.

Affiliation with host institution

Rocher Fellowships are in-residence grants. Grantees must be affiliated with an appropriate program at an appropriate university or other institution of higher learning and/or research in the United States and must demonstrate that program’s willingness to act as host (see Application procedure). 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.