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

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

Now Accepting Applications for 2022-23 
Fellowship and Grant Competitions

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies 2022-23 competitions. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS awards fellowships and grants supporting work that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist scholars, and increase the visibility of new knowledge and research on Buddhist traditions.  

Worldwide Scope
These are global competitions.  All scholars – anywhere in the world – who are engaged in the study of any aspect of Buddhist traditions are welcome to apply. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants. 


Eligible scholars at Asian universities and monastic institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted in English, but the written work produced by the fellow or grantee can be in any language. Work proposed must be in the humanities and interpretive social sciences and must employ humanistic approaches and methods.


  • Dissertation Fellowships: One-year stipends to PhD candidates for full-time preparation of dissertations.
  • Early Career Research Fellowships: One-year stipends to pre-tenure scholars for research and writing.
  • Translation Grants in Buddhist Studies: One-year awards supporting collaborative or individual projects for translations of important texts in order to make them available to communities of scholarship and Buddhist practice.
  • New Professorships: Multiyear grants to colleges and universities to establish new teaching positions in Buddhist studies.
  • Buddhism Public Scholars: Awards of up to two years to place early career scholars in positions at museums and publishers. These positions are initially one-year placements that are renewable for a second year. Host institutions will be announced in the fall.


  • Fellowships and Grants - November 16, 2022
  • New Professorships Awards to Institutions and Buddhism Public Scholars - January 11, 2023

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, administered by ACLS, is committed to inclusion, equity, and diversity as integral components of merit that enhance the scholarly enterprise. It is a priority of this program that cohorts of fellows and grantees be broadly inclusive of different backgrounds and cultures, as well as in languages of study, topics, Buddhist traditions, and locations of research.
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