Announcing the 2018 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program Buddhist Studies Fellows and Grantee


In 2018, twenty-seven scholars and two universities are joining the growing cohort of fellows and grant recipients in The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies. The program, now in its fifth year and administered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), will award $1.9 million to institutions and scholars worldwide at all career stages, from PhD candidates to senior faculty. New to this year’s program are grants to support the creation of critical editions, translation of canonical texts into modern vernaculars, and the translation of scholarly works on Buddhism from one modern language into another. In line with the program’s international character, grants are being made in North America, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Eurasia. Congratulations to all awardees!

Twelve Dissertation Fellows from Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States will devote ten months to archival research, fieldwork, and writing.

Three Postdoctoral Fellows with recently-completed PhDs from Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom will spend two years in residence at universities in Japan, Canada, and the United States. Fellows have the opportunity to teach at their host universities while revising their dissertations into books or starting their first major projects after the PhD.

Seven Research Fellows at institutions in Singapore, South Korea, and the United States will receive support for up to ten months’ release from teaching to concentrate full time on research and writing.

Five Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations will support three individual projects and two collaborative teams. Based in Australia, France, Italy, South Korea, and the United States, this inaugural cohort of grantees will produce work of crucial importance to the study of Buddhism and the wider appreciation of material that remains unedited and untranslated into modern languages.

Two New Professorships will be supported at universities in Mexico City and Laramie, Wyoming. Seed funding over four years will establish two tenure-track professorships in Buddhist Studies.

“The projects proposed by the 2018 Fellows uphold the high standards of intellectual interest and methodological acumen set by their predecessors in previous years,” commented Andrzej W. Tymowski, director of international programs at ACLS. “What is noteworthy as well is the growing international diversity. East Asia and Europe are especially well represented in 2018, dramatically extending the worldwide reach of the Buddhist studies network supported by the program.”

The 2018-19 competitions will open in July 2018. 

Contact: Andrzej Tymowski, 212-697-1505 x145

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $20 million to over 300 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.

Established in 2005, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organisation based in Hong Kong. The Foundation’s dual mission is to foster appreciation of Chinese arts and culture to advance global learning and to cultivate deeper understanding of Buddhism in the context of contemporary life.

The Foundation’s Buddhist studies and Buddhist art programmes include the Buddhist Ministry Initiative at Harvard Divinity School; a centre and an endowed professorship in Buddhist studies at Stanford University; a centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto; an endowed chair and programme in Buddhism and Contemporary Society at the University of British Columbia; a multi-year lecture series at SOAS University of London; the Centre for Buddhist art and conservation and MA programme at The Courtauld Institute of Art; the Galleries of Buddhist Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum; a three-year exhibition Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia opening in the Sackler Gallery in Washington in October 2017 and other exhibitions of Buddhist art around the world.