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East Asian-Western Cultural Exchange

Call for Applications

Theme: East Asian-Western Cultural Exchange
Type: 2021 Summer Luce Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
Institution: Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History,
University of San Francisco (USF)
Location: San Francisco, CA (USA)
Date: 2021
Deadline: 28.2.2021

The USF Ricci Institute 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 more than
80,000 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.

The Ricci Institute invites applications for Luce Post-doctoral
Research Fellowships for the summer of 2021 as part of an on-going
project supported by the Henry Luce Foundation in New York. For
detailed information about this international research initiative,
please visit:

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,
history of Christianity in East Asia (China, Japan, and/or Korea),
comparative studies of Christianity and cultures in China, Japan, and
Korea, and Vietnam. The aim of the fellowship is to offer recipients
the unique opportunity to conduct research and to prepare manuscripts
for publication that focus on archival, historiographical, and
methodological issues that are relevant to different areas of
Christianity and cultures in East Asia. Recipients are also expected
to present their work and actively participate in all regularly
organized 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 in two phases. The first phase will be 4-6 weeks
from June 4 to early/mid-July with virtual academic activities
through the Zoom platform. The second phase, 4-5 weeks from
early/mid-July to August 31, will require fellowship recipients to be
physically in residence at the Ricci Institute conducting research
and interacting with other scholars on site.

We aim to begin the virtual part of the program with an orientation
program on Friday, June 4. Ideally, we would hope that fellowship
recipients would travel to the U.S. and be present at the Ricci
Institute to begin the second phase at USF on Monday, July 5. These
dates may need to be adjusted (e.g. a postponement until Monday, July
12) once it becomes clear (over the next few months) [1] what the new
U.S. visa and travel policy will be, including COVID-related
restrictions; and [2] when USF will allow on-campus activities to
resume during the summer months. The USF President has announced that
the feasibility of summer activities will depend on the situation
with the pandemic.

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.
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 (i.e. at least three
months before travel).

Applicants should submit the following by February 28, 2021:

(1) a most recent Curriculum Vitae; 

(2) a 5–10-page double-spaced statement with an outline of the
proposed research and related activities, the contribution the
scholar hopes to make in the relevant field(s), tentative plan for
the publication of the research results, and how the research is
related to and enriched by resources available at the USF Ricci

(3) a proposed budget and other funding sources, if any;

(4) two up-to-date letters of recommendation. All required documents
must be in English.

Successful applications will be announced by mid-March 2021.

All application documents should be submitted by email to with the subject line: “2021 Summer Luce
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Application”.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the
recommenders on institutional letterhead electronically to: with the subject line: “2021 Summer Luce
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Recommendation Letter for xxxxxx
(the name of the fellowship applicant)”

For questions and inquiries, please write to Dr. Xiaoxin Wu,
Administrative Director of the Ricci Institute at:

For more information about the USF Ricci Institute’s resources,
please visit:

For more information about previous activities of the Ricci
Institute’ Research Fellows, please visit:

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Dr. Xiaoxin Wu, Administrative Director
Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080