WOLFSON COLLEGE, OXFORD: STIPENDIARY JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP 2013 Tibetan and Himalayan Studies: Textual sources and material culture

Wolfson is a postgraduate college and proposes to make one election to a Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship:

Over the past few decades, Tibetan Studies has developed rapidly from a discipline mainly devoted to classical Buddhist literature into a highly diversified field of area studies, covering a period from pre-history to the 21st century and comprising various methods and approaches such as philology, linguistics, archaeology, art history, study of religions, environmental studies, and anthropology. The Junior Research Fellowship is meant to reflect this diversity. Wolfson College seeks to appoint an outstanding scholar with a broad background in the history, literature and culture of Tibet and the Himalayas, preferably working on topics related to the interface between textual sources and material culture. The person elected will pursue research in this field and make the results available to the public. We are looking for a person with excellent language skills in literary and/or spoken Tibetan who can demonstrate the ability for original research and enjoys engaging with students and colleagues. The successful candidate will help to actively enhance the profile of Tibetan Studies at Oxford and contribute to the activities of the Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Centre at Wolfson College. He/she is expected to devote an average of about five hours per week to support for Tibetan and Himalayan Studies in the Oriental Faculty during full term, which will include some teaching.

Oxford offers a unique research environment with several Faculties working in the field of Asian Studies, Colleges dedicated to advanced interdisciplinary research, out­standing libraries, and museum collections related to Tibet and the Himalayas. For further information, see http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/clusters/tibetan-himalayan.

The Fellowship will be for two years with the possibility of an extension to three years, to commence on 1 October 2013.  The person elected will be based in Oxford and will carry out research and publish in the above field. Candidates should have relevant postgraduate experience, and have completed their doctorate by commencement of the Fellowship.  Preference will be given to applicants who have obtained their doctorate within the last five years, and have not already held a stipendiary Junior Research Fellow­ship. Applications are invited from all those suitably qualified. Applications should include:

  • a completed application form, a full curriculum vitae (including a full list of publications),
  • a 3-5 page description in detail of the proposed research and the candidate’s qualifications to undertake it
  • specimens of the candidate’s written work up to a total length of 10,000 words,
  • the names and addresses of three referees (see below).
  • Any additional information relevant to the application should be included in the covering letter.

Candidates should themselves write directly to their referees asking them, without further request, to send a confidential reference to the President’s PA by the closing date, 4.00 p.m., Monday 18 March 2013.  References may be emailed (preferred method), faxed or mailed to the President’s PA using the contact information below.

The annual stipend will be within the range of £21,500-24,000, plus any general percentage increase in salaries, agreed by the Remuneration Committee, that may come into effect. These Fellowships carry Common Table rights (currently up to £41 a week for own meals in Hall). Fellows are entitled to apply for College accommodation. The Fellow is permitted to undertake up to six hours’ teaching per week. The Fellowship will not normally be tenable with another stipendiary position: if, exceptionally, the Fellowship is awarded to a person holding such a position, some adjustment in the stipend may be made. The Fellow will normally be required to reside within 12 miles of central Oxford.

The appointment will be subject to the satisfactory completion of a medical questionnaire and the provision of proof of the right to work in the UK. Applicants who would need a work visa if appointed to the post are asked to note that under the UK’s points-based migration system they will need to demonstrate that they have sufficient points, and in particular that: (i) they have sufficient English language skills (evidence by having passed a test in English, or coming from a majority English-speaking country, or having taken a degree taught in English); and (ii) they have sufficient funds to maintain themselves and any dependents until they receive their first salary payment.  For further information see:


Application forms available from the College Lodge; or the College website: http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/fellowships/

Please send ONE HARD COPY of your completed application. At the same time, you should also email your application (as a PDF file) for forwarding to the selection panel.  (When sending the emailed copy please confirm that a hard copy has been sent.)   If you have any queries or difficulties, please contact the President’s PA.

Closing Date: Monday 18 March 2013 – 4.00 p.m.

The College reserves the right not to accept applications received after the closing date.

Invitation to interview: Short-listed candidates will be notified during the week commencing Monday 25 March 2013

Interview Date:    Thursday 25 April 2013

ENQUIRIES:      The President’s PA, Wolfson College, Oxford OX2 6UD, UK

Tel: (01865) 274102      Fax: (01865) 274136     Email:  sue.hales@wolfson.ox.ac.uk

 NB The College is normally unable to cover travelling expenses. However, in case of hardship or if travelling expenses seem unreasonably high, it is possible to apply for financial assistance. If you wish to apply, please indicate this in your covering letter and say why.

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