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Twenty-Eight Scholars and Two Institutions Receive Awards in the Third Year of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

7/12/2016

The 2016 cohort of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellows and institutional grantees in Buddhist studies received over $2.1 million in support for research, writing, and teaching. Twenty-eight scholars and two universities representing 10 countries were selected from a diverse and competitive pool of applicants through a rigorous review process administered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Congratulations to all awardees!

Now in its third year, this innovative program continues to grow and respond to the needs of the field it has been strengthening. Two new competitions, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies, were added this year, based on advice received from a growing network of Fellows, advisers, reviewers, and Foundation staff.  Research Fellowships support a year of research and writing at any stage of a scholar’s career.  Grants for New Professorships provide seed funds to universities, in any country, to establish new positions in Buddhist studies.

"The enthusiastic response to the first call for applications in the two new competitions signals that the Foundation's support is needed and will contribute to the growing network of Buddhist studies," noted Andrzej W. Tymowski, director of International Programs at ACLS. 

Awardees will use their tenures to study and teach Buddhist traditions through a variety of disciplinary approaches. Selected projects focus on diverse geographic areas in South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, and cover many historic periods, from medieval China to contemporary Cambodia.  The Fellows themselves span the globe in their academic training and affiliation, coming from Switzerland, Norway, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, and the United States, among others.

"Our Foundation believes that Buddhism has an important part to play in addressing today's challenges," said Foundation Chairman Mr. Robert Y. C. Ho. "We are delighted to support Buddhist teaching and scholarship, in collaboration with ACLS, and highly encouraged by the broad range of excellent applicants for the Program. Now in its third year, the grant scheme is making real progress towards realising my family's vision of developing a global, non-sectarian Buddhist learning network."

ACLS President Pauline Yu added, "The current year of awards has seen an expansion in the range of topics, geographies of research, and home countries of award recipients. We also note with pride the development of a truly international network of Foundation-supported Fellows. The network was visible in 2015, when the Foundation sponsored a three-day symposium for Dissertation Fellows at the University of British Columbia. The cross-fertilization of ideas at the meeting benefited both Fellows and senior scholars who attended."

The 2016 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellows in Buddhist Studies are:

The 2016-17 competitions will open in July. Further information is available at www.acls.org/programs/buddhist-studies/.

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