Khyentse Foundation Scholarships | Buddhist Study Scholarship

The Khyentse Foundation Scholarships are now available. Students from all nations are welcome to apply. The must be undertaking postgraduate degree or research program in Buddhist study or practice. Several types of scholarships will be given. Each of those has varied amount of award. The application deadline is vary.

About the Sponsor(s)
Khyentse Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of Buddhist study, practice and scholarship throughout the world. It was founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to establish a system of patronage that supports institutions and individuals engaged in the study and practice of Buddha’s vision of wisdom and compassion.

Award Value

  • KF Ashoka Grants: Grants range up to US$5,000.
  • KF Buddhist Study Scholarships: KF Advanced Study Scholarships generally range from US$500 to $3,000, but sometimes more, depending on the project. Our budget has steadily increased since the program was established in 2005 and is currently $30,000 per round of applications.
  • KF Individual Practice Grants: KF Practice Grants generally range from US$500 to $3,000, but sometimes more, depending on the project. Our budget has steadily increased since the program was established in 2005 and is currently $30,000 per round of applications.
  • KF Translation Studies Scholarships: The scholarships vary in size; the maximum amount is US$5,000.
  • The KF Award for Outstanding Dissertations in Buddhist Studies: The award consists of US$8,000 to enable the recipient to further his or her research.

Level and Area of Studies
Postgraduate and research program Buddhist studies.

Place of Study
The program will be taken worldwide.

Eligibility and Criteria
Each scholarship has different requirements as follow:

  • KF Ashoka Grants: The Ashoka Grants Committee considers applications from a broad array of promising organizations and individuals who are actively engaged in projects related to Buddhism. The only applications that are not considered are applications requesting funds for building and construction projects; applications that are incomplete or that do not adequately explain the scope of the project; and applications that have no relevance to Buddhism or Buddhist activity.
  • KF Buddhist Study Scholarships: KF Buddhist Study Scholarships are one-time grants to support individuals who wish to study the Dharma. KF accepts applications from teachers, students, scholars, and translators, from all traditions, schools, and sects of Buddhism.
  • KF Individual Practice Grants: KF Individual Practice Grants are one-time grants that support individuals who wish to practice Dharma on retreat, public teachings, or other practice environments. KF accepts applications from practitioners, and retreatants from all traditions, schools, and sects of Buddhism.
  • KF Translation Studies Scholarships: Students who are enrolled in a program of translation studies or Buddhist philosophy and are on track to become translators or are currently working as translators. Candidates must already have translation experience and be enrolled in an advanced degree program (MA, PhD, or MPhil). Student translators who do not fulfill these criteria are welcome to apply to the Ashoka Grants or Buddhist Study Scholarship programs in June and July respectively.
  • The KF Award for Outstanding Dissertations in Buddhist Studies: This award is presented every year to the best PhD dissertation in the field of Buddhist Studies to a dissertation written during the previous two academic years. The awards are alternated annually between those written in universities in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan and those written in Europe, including the UK. The dissertation must be based on original research in the relevant primary language, and it should significantly advance understanding of the subject or Buddhist scriptures studied. European dissertations must be written in English.

Applicants’ Nationality
There is no nationality restriction.

Application Instruction
Please see the website and application link below to learn the application procedure.

Submission Deadline

  • KF Ashoka Grants: Applications can be submitted twice a year, from July 15 through August 15 and from January 15 through February 15.
  • KF Buddhist Study Scholarships: KF accepts open scholarship applications twice a year, from December 15 through January 15 and from June 15 through July 15.
  • KF Individual Practice Grants: KF accepts open scholarship applications twice a year, from December 15 through January 15 and from June 15 through July 15.
  • KF Translation Studies Scholarships: Submissions are accepted between February 1 and March 1, and applicants are notified of the outcome by July 1.
  • The KF Award for Outstanding Dissertations in Buddhist Studies: Nominations are will be accepted from October 1 through December 31.

Website and Application Link

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