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The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships 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.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships provide one-year stipends for PhD candidates to devote full time to preparing dissertations. The fellowship period may be used for fieldwork, archival research, analysis of findings, or for writing after research is complete.

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

Read more about this fellowship program.

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Allison Aitken
Allison Aitken|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, South Asian Studies, Buddhist Philosophy, Harvard University - Not One, Not Many, and No Final Ground: Śāntarakṣita’s Mereological Anti-realism as Metaphysical Infinitism

Todd Klaiman
Todd Klaiman|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Chinese Studies, Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Translocal Chinese Religiosity in Southeast Asia: Kek Lok Monastery and the Rise of Chinese Monastic Buddhism in Penang, 1887-1987

Ryan Damron
Ryan Damron|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Sanskrit, University of California, Berkeley - The Last Pandita: The Travels and Career of the Fifteenth-Century Indian Monk Vanaratna

Hans-Werner Klohe
Hans-Werner Klohe|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Central Asian Studies, Central Asian Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany - Between Buddhist Doctrine, Lineage and the Individual: Portraiture in the Himalayas, 15th–16th Centuries

Jesse Drian
Jesse Drian|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, East Asian Languages and Cultures, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California - Networks of Space and Identity: Origin Narratives and Manifestations of the Itsukushima Deity

Elzyata Kuberlinova
Elzyata Kuberlinova|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany - Religion and Empire: Kalmyk Buddhism in Late Imperial Russia

Katherine Fitzgerald
Katherine Fitzgerald|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Studies: Religious Studies, Comparative Studies: Religious Studies, The Ohio State University - No Pure Lands: The Contemporary Tibetan Buddhism of Lay Women in Kham and the Diaspora

Diego Loukota Sanclemente
Diego Loukota Sanclemente|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Buddhist Studies, Buddhist Studies, University of California, Los Angeles - The Goods That Cannot Be Stolen: Mercantile Faith in Kumaralata’s Row of Examples Adorned by Poetic Fancy

Aruna Gamage
Aruna Gamage|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Buddhist Studies, Buddhist Studies, SOAS, University of London - Buddhaghosa’s Critique of Divergent Buddhist Views: A Doctrinal Study Mainly Based on Pāli Commentarial Exegesis

Tony Robert Scott
Tony Robert Scott|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Buddhist Studies, Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto - The Milindapañha-aṭṭhakathā: Nonnormative Pali, Psychic Powers, and Control of the Canon in Mid-Twentieth-Century Burma

Catherine Anne Hartmann
Catherine Anne Hartmann|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion, Religion, Harvard University - To See Directly: Vision, Place, and Writing in Tibetan Pilgrimage Literature

Guy St Amant
Guy St Amant|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Religion, South Asian Religions, Columbia University - Borrowed Arguments: Scriptural Authority and Religious Debate in South Asia, 7th – 13th centuries