USF Ricci Institute Archival Fellowship

Location: California, United States
Fellowship Date: 2008-09-01
Date Submitted: 2008-07-07
Announcement ID: 163081

The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim is pleased to invite applications for the "USF Ricci Institute Archival Fellowship." One fellowship of up to $6000.00 will be awarded to the successful candidate at the doctoral or post-doctoral level to promote research based upon the Ricci Institute's archival collections: the Rouleau Archives and the Philip Robinson Collection. The Rouleau Archives, originally part of the "Sino-Jesuit History Project, 1500-1800" were compiled as part of Fr. Rouleau's research on the Rites Controversy. The Philip Robinson Collection contains materials concerning Christianity in China, the Church's policies in Asia, rites and rituals in China, administration of mission activities in Asia, etc.

The appointed fellow will be required to: 

  1. Further catalogue the Institute's archival holdings. The fellow would be responsible for spending half his/her day in providing the RI with a much more detailed catalogue of the Rouleau holdings and doing his/her own research for the remainder of the day.
  2. Write a research paper based primarily upon these archival documents with his/her findings to be published in a peer reviewed journal.

Fellowship Term: Three month period ; Fellowship Amount: $6000.00

Selection Criteria: Doctoral candidate or post-doc in field of history or religious studies

Language(s): Reading ability in Latin & Portuguese (required), Italian, French, and/or Chinese (preferred.) Candidate should be familiar with the historical and theological language and issues of the period (c.1550-1800), Catholic institutions and the history of mission strategy. The ideal candidate will have China/Asia-related experience as well.

Application Process:

Please send all application materials to Melissa Dale.

  • Cover Letter
  • C.V. 
  • Research Proposal (600 word max.) that includes: an explanation of how
    the proposed research will:
    1. benefit from the use of the Ricci Institute's archival collection and
    2. contribute to the field.
  • Estimated Research budget
  • Names and contact information for two professional references

Applications must be received by September 1 to be considered for a fall award. If the fellowship is not filled for the fall semester, applications will continue to be accepted for the academic year until the fellowship is filled.

Melissa Dale, PhD
Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History 
University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim 
2130 Fulton St., LM 280 San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415.422.2230; Fax: 415.422.2291

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