ACLS Issues RFP for Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

Funded by a three-year grant of $6.7 million from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies is accepting applications for its initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies. Working with the foundation, ACLS offers an articulated set of fellowship and grant competitions designed 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. Available grant opportunities include:

1) Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies: A stipend of $30,000 will be awarded to individual scholars willing to spend ten consecutive working full time on a related dissertation that is initiated by September 30, 2018. No other employment is permitted during the fellowship period, and applications must be received no later than November 15, 2017.

2) Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies: An annual stipend of $55,000 will be awarded for a fellowship period running from July 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019. (In addition, a relocation allowance of $5,000 will be provided, if required.) The fellowship is designed to provide two years of funding to recent PhD recipients in residence at a university for the purpose of revising his/her dissertation into a publishable manuscript, or to help start his/her first project after completion of the PhD. Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2017.

3) Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies: A stipend of up to $70,000 will be awarded to support research and writing in Buddhist studies for scholars who hold a PhD degree, with no restrictions on time or with respect to the location of the work conducted.

4) Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations: One-year grants of up to $80,000 will be awarded to institutions of higher education in support of a broad range of initiatives, from the creation of critical editions (with full scholarly apparatus), to the translation of canonical texts into modern vernaculars, to the translation of scholarly works on Buddhism from one modern language into another. Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2017.

5) The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies: Grants of up to $300,000 over four years will be awarded to institutions of higher education to support new teaching positions in the area of Buddhist Studies. Applications must be received no later than January 10, 2018. 

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the ACLS website.

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