The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies offers an articulated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.

New Professorships in Buddhist Studies offers multi-year grants to colleges and universities wishing to establish or expand teaching in Buddhist studies. This new opportunity for seed funding complements other competitions funded by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.

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The University of Wyoming

2019-23

This will be the University of Wyoming’s first position in Buddhist studies. The new faculty member will join the recently merged Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and will therefore play a foundational role in creating new undergraduate offerings in the study of Buddhism. This position will also help shape the Religious Studies curriculum for a new master’s degree program and provide the anchor for Buddhist studies within that degree. The new position will strengthen the department’s focus on the comparative study of world religions by bringing an international specialization in Mahayana Buddhism, with a specific geographical focus on East Asia.

El Colegio de México

2019-22

This position, situated in the Center of Asian and African Studies (CEAA), will continue El Colegio de México’s distinguished history in the study of Buddhism. The new faculty member will be involved with the curricular planning of the institution’s two-year Master's Degree in Asian Studies. By continuing CEAA’s development and promotion of Buddhist Studies in Spanish-speaking countries, this new position will have significant impact on the study of Buddhism in the Global South.

École française d’Extrême-Orient

2017-21

This new professorship in the study of medieval Chinese Buddhism, in which the professor will have an affiliation with an EFEO center in East Asia, will add an important new element to the international network of sites that constitute EFEO. The position, continuing a tradition of excellence that extends back to the nineteenth century, will strengthen the worldwide field of Buddhist studies by training postgraduate researchers from both Europe and Asia and by developing scholarly networks among a range of institutions.

University of California, Irvine

2018-22

This new professorship in a large public university will create synergies in graduate and undergraduate programs as it builds upon existing strengths in East Asian studies and religious studies to offer new curricula. This will be the institution’s first position in Buddhist studies. The position will be affiliated with the university’s growing Program in Religious Studies, a significant development given the large Asian and Asian-American communities in that area of southern California.

Skidmore College

2016-20

Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York is planning a professorship to augment its existing interdisciplinary Asian studies program and to anchor the newly created Religious Studies Department. The position will respond to the growing interest in Buddhist studies among undergraduates at Skidmore College, enabling them to pursue MA and PhD degrees in the field.

University of New Mexico

2017-20

The Department of Philosophy is seeking to strengthen its concentration in Asian philosophy with the appointment of a professor of Buddhism. The university plans to introduce the study of Buddhism into a new disciplinary context, training graduate students in Buddhist philosophy.