2015 Buddhist Studies Fellows Begin Research Across the Globe


ACLS is pleased to announce the second cohort of fellows in The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

Fellows from Asia, Europe, and North America will travel to archives and research sites in Asia and other world areas to conduct research on a wide range of topics related to Buddhism.

Eleven Dissertation Fellows, PhD candidates completing dissertations, will receive stipends for full-time research and writing. They will pursue interests such as funerary rituals, Buddhist cosmopolitanism, and Buddhist scholasticism, and prepare annotated translations of Buddhist texts.

Three Postdoctoral Fellows will spend two years in residence at universities in the United States and Europe teaching courses in Modern Buddhism, Buddhist Art of Korea, and Indian Buddhism and Jainism.

Four teams of Collaborative Research Fellows will combine skills and expertise from their respective disciplines and Buddhist traditions to shed light on Buddhist thought and society. A total of 11 Collaborative Fellows, from India, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, China, and Germany will work in the four teams on collaborative projects.

“We are proud to welcome the 2015 fellows of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies. The diversity of fellows’ topics, academic backgrounds, and research sites promise outstanding scholarship in the field,” noted ACLS Director of International Programs Andrzej W. Tymowski. “In the upcoming third competition year, ACLS will once again solicit applications of the highest quality, conduct a rigorous selection process, and award the best scholarship in Buddhist studies today. To further support the field, in the 2015-16 competition year, the Foundation is pleased to introduce a new category of awards, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies for scholars with a PhD.”

Information about the next competition will be available on the program page. The online application system will open by August 2015.