CALL FOR 2022 SUMMER DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS

Deadline: January 14, 2022

Overview

The BC Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History is a premier global resource for the study of Chinese-Western cultural exchange with a core focus on the social and cultural history of Christianity in China. Besides its 100,000 volumes of books in Chinese and Western languages, its library also includes (1) a digital copy of the Japonica-Sinica Manuscript Collection from the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus (ARSI); (2) the Francis A. Rouleau Microfilm / Digital Archival Collections’ (3) the Canton Diocese Archival Collection; (4) a digital copy of the Passionist China Collection; (5) the Anthony E. Clark Collection; (6) Pre-Modern Japanese & Korean Christian Materials; and (7) other archival materials and artistic artifacts.

In early 2022, the entire Ricci Institute library and archival collections will be relocated from the University of San Francisco, California, to Boston College, Massachusetts. Both the Institute and its collections will be housed within a newly renovated library and research facilities at 2125 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA on the Brighton campus of BC.

Details

The BC Ricci Institute invites applications for Doctoral Research Fellowships for the summer of 2022.

This fellowship is open to doctoral candidates who have completed all course work and have defined their specific research topic. We invite research proposals that will benefit substantially from consultation of the archival and/or library holdings of the Ricci Institute in order to complete the candidate’s dissertation.

Topics of enquiry may include Chinese-Western cultural history, local society and politics, history of education and other charitable enterprises, history of Christianity in China, history of diplomacy, art and art history, science and history of science, comparative studies of Christianity and cultures in China, and the “Sino-sphere”, namely, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Recipients are also expected to present their work and actively participate in all regularly organized activities and research seminars at the Ricci Institute.

The entire fellowship program will be three months long. Barring any unforeseeable circumstances due to the pandemic, both nationally and internationally, the Ricci Institute is planning to conduct this year’s fellowship program in person at Boston College, which will require fellowship recipients in residence and physically present at the Ricci Institute to conduct their research and interact with other scholars on site during the entire fellowship period.

Participation in all activities is mandatory throughout the program, and exceptions will require approval well in advance. The stipend is up to $4,000/month. Candidates are highly encouraged to apply for any necessary supplemental funding for their travel and stay from their home institutions.

Applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents will need to contact the Ricci Institute well in advance for information regarding the following: (1) proof of English proficiency for non-native speakers, (2) visa application procedures, (3) health insurance requirements, and (4) other necessary documentation, depending on the country of provenance of the applicant. Because of possible ongoing travel restrictions and other additional documentation that might be required to travel to the U.S. (i.e. record of full vaccination [in English] and pre-flight proof of a negative COVID test), recipients who are not in the U.S. are asked to allow more time than would normally be necessary to prepare for their visa application and approval process (i.e. at least three months before travel).

Previous Fellows

CALL FOR 2022 SUMMER LUCE POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS

Deadline: January 14, 2022

Overview

Luce Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships are open to post-doctoral level applicants, including junior faculty members (i.e. those within five years of having received the PhD). We invite research proposals primarily focused on the archival collections at the Ricci Institute and serving the preparation of research publications. Topics of inquiry may include Chinese-Western cultural history, history of Christianity in China, comparative studies of Christianity and cultures in China, Japan, and Korea, etc.

Details

The BC Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History is a premier global resource for the study of Chinese-Western cultural exchange with a core focus on the social and cultural history of Christianity in China. Besides its 100,000 volumes of books in Chinese and Western languages, its library also includes (1) a digital copy of the Japonica-Sinica Manuscript Collection from the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus (ARSI); (2) the Francis A. Rouleau Microfilm / Digital Archival Collections’ (3) the Canton Diocese Archival Collection; (4) a digital copy of the Passionist China Collection; (5) the Anthony E. Clark Collection; (6) Pre-Modern Japanese & Korean Christian Materials; and (7) other archival materials and artistic artifacts.

In early 2022, the entire Ricci Institute library and archival collections will be relocated from the University of San Francisco, California, to Boston College, Massachusetts. Both the Institute and its collections will be housed within a newly renovated library and research facilities at 2125 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA on the Brighton campus of BC.

The Ricci Institute invites applications for Luce Post-doctoral Research Fellowships for the summer of 2022 as part of an on-going project supported by the Henry Luce Foundation in New York.

This fellowship is open to post-doctoral level applicants, including Junior Faculty members and researchers (i.e. normally within five years of having received the PhD degree). We invite research proposals primarily based on the archival collections at the Ricci Institute in preparation for research publications.

Topics of enquiry may include Chinese-Western cultural history, local society and politics, history of education and other charitable enterprises, history of Christianity in China, history of diplomacy, art and art history, science and history of science, comparative studies of Christianity and cultures in China, and the “Sino-sphere”, namely, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Recipients are also expected to present their work and actively participate in all regularly organized activities and research seminars at the Ricci Institute.

The entire fellowship program will be three months long. Barring any unforeseeable circumstances due to the pandemic, both nationally and internationally, the Ricci Institute is planning to conduct this year’s fellowship program in person at Boston College, which will require fellowship recipients in residence and physically present at the Ricci Institute to conduct their research and interact with other scholars on site during the entire fellowship period.

Participation in all activities is mandatory throughout the program, and exceptions will require approval well in advance. The stipend is up to $4,500/month. Candidates are highly encouraged to apply for any necessary supplemental funding for their travel and stay from their home institutions.

Applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents will need to contact the Ricci Institute well in advance for information regarding the following: (1) proof of English proficiency for non-native speakers, (2) visa application procedures, (3) health insurance requirements, and (4) other necessary documentation, depending on the country of provenance of the applicant. Because of possible ongoing travel restrictions and other additional documentation that might be required to travel to the U.S. (i.e. record of full vaccination [in English] and pre-flight proof of a negative COVID test), recipients who are not in the U.S. are asked to allow more time than would normally be necessary to prepare for their visa application and approval process (i.e. at least three months before travel).

Previous Fellows

EDS-Stewart Chair Fellowships 

EDS-Stewart Chair Fellowships are designed to promote cross-cultural understanding and scholarly cooperation between China and the West. The Chair sponsors study, research, teaching, publications, public lectures, and symposia on topics related to the study of encounters between Chinese culture and Christian faith and of the history of Christianity in China, particularly the history of the Jesuit mission in China.

Ricci Institute Travel Grants

The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History annually awards travel grants to encourage faculty members, doctoral students, and other researchers from outside of the Boston area to use the Institute’s library and archival collections for their research. Research topics may include, but are not limited to, Chinese-Western cultural exchange, interaction, and/or encounters; Jesuit interaction with China from the late Ming through the early 20th century; and/or the history of Christianity in China.

The Ricci Institute offers two types of travel grants (applicants may apply for one only):

Domestic

  • Domestic travel grants are intended to help defer the expenses of scholars traveling from within the United States to the Ricci Institute to perform research utilizing its archival and library collections.
  • Each domestic travel grant provides up to $1,000 for approved travel-related expenses incurred to conduct research at the Institute; preference will be given to applicants who will be in residence at the Institute for a minimum of one week or five working days.


International

  • International travel grants are intended to help defer the expenses of scholars traveling from outside of the United States to the Ricci Institute to perform research utilizing its archival and library collections.
  • Each grant provides up to $2,000 for approved travel-related expenses incurred to conduct research at the Institute; preference will be given to applicants who will be in residence at the Institute for a minimum of one week or five working days.


Travel grant recipients are invited to participate in Ricci Institute events during the time of their residency. If feasible, they are also invited to give a presentation on their research to the Boston College community. At the end of their residence, they are asked to submit a brief written report on the value of the resources at the Ricci Institute to their research.

Awards are funded by the EDS-Stewart Chair for Chinese-Western Cultural History and, for scholars of Asian descent, the Ricci Asian Scholars Endowment.

Malatesta Scholarships

The Ricci Institute awards Malatesta Scholarship(s) each year ($1000 to $4000) to honor the memory of Rev. Edward J. Malatesta, founding director of the Ricci Institute, for his contributions to the history of Chinese-Western cultural exchange, and to promote research by Chinese scholars on topics related to the history of Christianity in China.

Scholarships are awarded to young Chinese scholars in the People’s Republic of China to assist them in the completion of advanced study (doctoral and postdoctoral level work) on the topic of Christianity in China. Scholarship awards may be used to cover research, travel, and lodging expenses in China and abroad. Funds may not be used for tuition or computer/camera equipment. 

Eligibility

Under the terms of the endowment, applicants must be: (1) young Chinese graduate students studying at a university in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) who will use the funds to assist them in the completion of doctoral level work on the history of Christianity in China or (2) postdoctoral researchers affiliated with a university or research institute in the PRC who will use the funds to assist them in the completion of postdoctoral level work on the history of Christianity in China.

Selection Criteria

The scholarship is merit-based. Special consideration will be given to those young Chinese scholars from remote and
economically disadvantaged areas.

Application Process

Applications for the coming academic year may be submitted after April 15 each year.

A complete application consists of -

(A) Cover Letter (600 word maximum, in English and Chinese)

(B) Two letters of recommendation written on official letterhead and sent by the recommender directly to the ricci-institute@bc.edu

(C) Application Form

To submit the Application Form choose one of the following options:

1. Save the completed form as a PDF file (file name must include applicant’s name in pinyin plus “EJM app”, i.e., daiyihuaEJMapp.pdf) and e-mail as an attachment to: ricci-institute@bc.edu

Important Notes

1. For the required budget the daily limit is RMB150 or US$40 per day, depending on whether the funds are to be spent in or outside of China.

2. If you are planning to conduct research in the United States but NOT at the Ricci Institute, you must obtain a visa sponsorship from the institution where you plan to work. The Ricci Institute can only sponsor visas for fellows who will do the overwhelming majority of their work in residence at the Institute.

马爱德中西文化研究奖学金

利玛窦研究所设立马爱德奖学金 (1000美元至4000美元) 来纪念马爱德先生——利玛窦中西文化历史研究所的奠基者,纪念他对中西文化交流历史作出的贡献。利玛窦研究所希望通过设立这个奖学金来推动中国学者对中国基督教史的研究。奖学金将帮助中国年轻学者完成对中国基督教博士或博士后水平论文的高级研究。奖学金包括在国内外的研究经费、旅费和生活支出,不能用作学费。

申请资格

根据捐赠条款,申请者必须是(1)现在在中国大陆学习的中国博士侯选人或 (2)博士与中国大学或研究所有联系。受资助学者将利用奖学金完成中国基督教史博士论文或博士后的研究。

遴选标准

原则是择优录取。来自于偏远或贫困地区的年轻中国学者将给予特殊考虑。

申请程序

每年4月15日后, 请提交下列材料:

(一) 一封申请信(最多600字, 英文和中文各一份)

(二) 两封推荐信,(请打印在推荐人所在单位公函信签上, 由推荐者用单独信封寄往利玛窦研究所)

提交方式

一.电子邮件

保存文件为PDF格式; 档案名称包括汉语拼音的姓名和 EJMapp (例如: nidemingziEJMapp.pdf). 将PDF文件用电子邮件附件形式发至:ricci-institute@bc.edu

二.普通邮件

将所有的文件用航空邮寄到上面的地址

截止日期

所有的申请材料必须在每年6月1日前收到。

所有的申请材料请寄至:ricci-institute@bc.edu

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