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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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Ernest Billings Brewster
Ernest Billings Brewster|Abstract

PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civ., Harvard University - The Yoga of Dying: Consciousness and Mortality in Tang Yogacara Buddhism

Channa Li
Channa Li|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Buddhist Studies, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands - Challenging the Buddha’s Authority: How Buddhist Narrative Traditions Negotiate Religious Authority in Stories

Christopher Emms
Christopher Emms|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Buddhism, McMaster University - A Study and Translation of Sakyaprabha’s Aryamulasarvastivadisramanerakarika: Verses for Novices of the Noble Mularsarvastivadins

Ian J. MacCormack
Ian J. MacCormack|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Study of Religion, Harvard University - Buddhism and Government in Seventeenth-Century Tibet

Andrew Sydney Ross Harris
Andrew Sydney Ross Harris|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Anthropology, University of Toronto - Buddhist Terraces at Angkor Thom: Exploring the Urban Evolution of the Khmer Capital from Mahayana to Theravada Buddhism through the Mapping and Analysis of Theravada Architectural Infrastructure

Nils Martin
Nils Martin|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Art history, École Pratique des Hautes Études - Drigung Kagyu Murals in Ladakh (13th to mid-15th century): Patrons and Painters

Christopher Hiebert
Christopher Hiebert|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Virginia - Curricular Landscapes: Tibetan Scholastic ‘Commentarial’ Colleges (bshad grwa) and the Rise of Transnational ‘Modern’ Buddhist education in Asia

Or Porath
Or Porath|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Religious studies, University of California, Santa Barbara - Intimate Dharma: Buddhism, the Body, and Imperial Authority in Medieval Japan

Anna Wolcott Johnson
Anna Wolcott Johnson|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - The Nature of a Vow: Three-Vow Theory and Debates from India to Fifteenth Century Tibet

Sara Ann Swenson
Sara Ann Swenson|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Religion, Syracuse University - “Sharing Hearts”: Buddhism, Social Services, and Privatization in Vietnam

Susanne Ryuyin Kerekes
Susanne Ryuyin Kerekes|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania - Wat Arun and the Material Culture of Thai Buddhism

Jessica Xiaomin Zu
Jessica Xiaomin Zu|Abstract

PhD Candidate, Religion, Princeton University - Translation, Comparative Hermeneutics, and Yogacara Social Theory in Lu Cheng's (1896-1989) New Buddhist Canon