CFA> The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies is calling for new Applications

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The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies 2020-21 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 studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. 

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 encouraged to apply. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants. 

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 related social sciences and must employ humanistic approaches and methods.


  • Dissertation Fellowships: One-year stipends to PhD candidates for full-time preparation of dissertations.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships: Two-year stipends to recent recipients of the PhD for residence at a university for research, writing, and teaching.
  • Research Fellowships: One-year stipends to recent PhD recipients for residence at a university for research, writing, and teaching.
  • Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations: One-year awards supporting collaborative or individual projects for the creation of critical editions, translations of canonical texts, and translations of scholarly works.
  • New Professorships: Multiyear grants to colleges and universities to establish new teaching positions in Buddhist studies.


  • Fellowships and Grants - November 16, 2020
  • New Professorships Awards to Institutions - January 8, 2021

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. In Buddhist studies we seek balance in regard to citizenship and university affiliation, as well as in languages, topics, Buddhist traditions, and locations of research.
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