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The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco welcomes applications for its Luce Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships for the summer of 2020. The application deadline is January 8, 2020.


Post-doctoral applicants–including researchers and junior faculty members–are invited to submit proposals that would use the vast archival collections at the Ricci Institute as the basis for scholarly publications. The Ricci collections include more than 80,000 volumes of books in Chinese and Western languages, a digital copy of the Japonica-Sinica Manuscript Collection from the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus, the Francis A. Rouleau Microfilm / Digital Archival Collections, the Canton Diocese Archival Collection, a digital copy of the Passionist China Collection, the Anthony E. Clark Collection, as well as pre-modern Japanese & Korean Christian materials and other archival materials. Fellows would be in residence from June 8 until September 4, 2020.


Full details appear below. More information is available at



The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History
University of San Francisco (USF)

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 new Luce Post-doctoral Research Fellowships for the summer of 2020 as part of a 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.

This fellowship requires a mandatory residence of three months from June 8 through September 4, 2020. All successful applicants will be expected to participate in the mandatory orientation on Friday, June 5, 2020. Late arrivals and early departures will only be accepted for extraordinary reasons and 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 proof of English proficiency, visa, health insurance requirements, and other documentations.

Applicants should submit the following no later than January 8, 2020:

(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 Institute;

(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 the end of February 2020.

All application documents should be submitted by email to with the subject line: “2020 Summer Luce Post-doctoral Fellowship Application”. Previous participants of the international workshops administered by the Ricci Institute in 2017, 2018, and 2019 are not eligible for this fellowship. For more information about these workshops, please visit:

Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the recommenders on institutional letterhead either electronically to the above e-mail address or by regular mail to:

Luce Post-doctoral Fellowship Review Committee

The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History

University of San Francisco, LM 280

2130 Fulton Street

San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

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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The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies welcomes applications for its 2020-21 in-residence fellowships. The one- and two-semester appointments seek to facilitate the completion and/or publication of academic work related to the Society of Jesus. Applications are now welcomed from scholars in the fields of history, spirituality, and pedagogy, among others. The submission deadline is January 15, 2020.


The Institute offers two types of in-residence fellowships: Institute Fellowships, a year-long appointment (September-May), and Senior Research Fellowships, a semester-long appointment.


The year-long fellowship includes a stipend of $20,000, while the semester-long fellowship offers a stipend of $12,000. Additional support for research-related travel during the residency may be available. The Institute also provides furnished housing as part of both fellowships. Please contact the Institute with any questions, and please indicate in your application’s statement of purpose if you would require special arrangements for your housing.


Fellowships include personal office space at the Institute and access to the collections in the University’s libraries and those of the colleges and universities in the Boston consortium. Candidates are encouraged to consult the extensive listings of Jesuitica holdings at Boston College prior to submitting their applications. Preference will be given to applicants in the final stages of writing or revising substantive scholarly work. Please indicate in your statement of purpose if you have a preferred publisher or have already signed a contract with one.


While in residence at the Institute, fellows will make one presentation of their work each semester. They are encouraged to collaborate with the Institute’s initiatives and programming and with the Institute’s Research Scholars. They are also expected to engage with the wider academic community by attending events and meeting with the University’s faculty members and other visiting scholars. The fellowships are not academic appointments and have no teaching responsibilities.


In addition to a completed application, candidates should email the following materials to (please include in the subject line: “fellowship”):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A sample of scholarly work of no more than 30 pages (in English, please)
  • Statement of Purpose of 1,500-2,000 words. This statement should describe the project, its scholastic contributions, and how it relates to existing works (with authors, titles, and dates). Also, it should explain the ways in which the fellowship and being in residence at the Institute would assist with the project. Please indicate if you would require special housing accommodations and if your project already has a publisher.
  • Official transcript (for applicants enrolled in school)
  • Lastly, two letters in support of an application should be emailed directly to the Institute by the recommenders.


If necessary, application materials may be mailed to:

Boston College
Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies
Simboli Hall
Attn: Fellowship Programs
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Applications are due January 15, 2020, and candidates will be notified of decisions by January 31, 2020. Questions can be directed to the Institute (, with “fellowship” as the subject). More information is available at the Institute’s website (

The Università degli Studi di Padova hosts a two-day conference with scholarly presentations considering vocations to the Society of Jesus in the early modern period.  The event is sponsored by the Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi Internazionali.


The conference considers the theme of “vocation”–and in particular the “religious vocation” in its historical, religious, cultural, political and social nature. A full program for the two-day event appears below. A copy is also available for download here.


Vocazione e scelta di vita nella prima età moderna. Il caso della Compagnia di Gesù (XVI-XVII secolo)

Aula Seminari 2 Palazzo Wollemborg, via del Santo 28, Padova

Lunedì 25 Novembre

Vocazione e identità gesuitica tra i generalati di Mercuriano e Acquaviva

E. Colombo, DePaul University, Chicago

Presentazione del Seminario
P. Giovannucci, Università di Padova

Racconti autobiografici di vocazione dalla provincia di Polonia (1574-1580)
M. Turrini, Università di Pavia

Identità gesuitica e racconti di vocazione
G. Mongini, Università di Padova

Tra elezione divina e superamento della natura umana: la vocazione come specchio
dell’antropologia gesuitica
M. Rochini, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College


“Buona morte”, martirio, dimissione. La vocazione e i suoi esiti

L. Billanovich

La scena pubblica della morte. L’istante ultimo e il compimento della vocazione gesuitica
M. Catto, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Vocazione e destinazione al martirio nelle Vocationes illustres
P.A. Fabre, EHESS, Paris

Vocazioni fallite: il problema dei dimessi attraverso le Vocationes illustres
I. Gaddo, Università del Piemonte Orientale – Vercelli


Martedì 26 Novembre

Geografie della vocazione

P.A. Fabre (EHESS, Paris),

Ecrire les vocations jésuites des pays germaniques au tournant du XVIe entre thèmes
généraux et variations locales
D. Aeby, Université de Fribourg

Vocazioni da ‘sapere’. Barbara Borromeo, Antonio Valentino e la casa di probazione di
M. Giuliani, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano

Indipetae e racconti di vocazione
E. Colombo, DePaul University, Chicago

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