The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

Launched in 2014, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies supports research and teaching in Buddhist studies.  With funding from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions to 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.

These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship/residence of applicants. The final products of research may be in any language. However, all applications must be submitted in English.

Buddhist studies engage Buddhist traditions as well as contemporary developments in many fields, including history, philosophy, archaeology, art history, anthropology, philology, and studies of religion. For the purpose of these competitions, Buddhist studies are defined broadly. 

An annual symposium for dissertation and postdoctoral fellows culminates each year.  The symposium has an international character, with participants from many countries and academic cultures.  Fellows share their work in progress with senior advisers and peers, while forging new scholarly bonds and lifelong intellectual relationships.