The American Council of Learned Societies Announces 2022 Scholars and Recipients of the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

Twenty scholars from around the world recognized for their outstanding research, writing and translations in Buddhist studies

NEW YORK, June 7, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Thesis Fellowships, Early Career Research Fellowships, and translation grants in Buddhist studies.

Twenty scholars join a strong global network of more than 230 alumni of the ACLS-administered Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation program in Buddhist studies. The new scholars and grantees are working on research projects on Buddhist communities and traditions in Cambodia, China, Italy, India, JapanKorea, Burmaand Tibet.

  • Dissertation Fellows – Ten scholars from institutions across United States and Europe were rewarded $30,000 each for thesis fieldwork, archival research and writing. The research projects awarded cover a wide range of topics, including Buddhist and Islamic scholarly collaboration in the early central Middle Ages Asiathe concept of vedanā (“feeling”) in early Buddhist texts, and a study of militarism and religious violence through Buddhist military chaplaincy in South Korea.

  • Early Career Researchers – Five pre-tenured professors working full-time in institutions of United States and Germany have been awarded until $70,000 each to allow them to focus on advancing promising research and writing projects. Their projects range from Tibetan tantric healing practices to the Cambodian diaspora in Italy.

  • Translation grants – Five research teams in United States, Australiaand the UK have been awarded until $50,000 each for work on critical translations of Buddhist texts. These projects include the translation of the seminal 12th century Chinese Buddhist text Essays on the Pure Land from Longshu by Wang Rixiu and the literary translation of prayer (ganmon) texts by from Japan Heian period.

“The ACLS is proud to support this outstanding group of scholars and grantees who bring global perspectives on Buddhist studies to an impressive range of topics,” said the ACLS President. Joy Connolly. “During a precarious time for many humanist scholars, we are grateful that our partnership with the Robert HN Ho Family Foundation Global enables us to provide opportunities for scholars bringing a deeper understanding of Buddhism to undergraduate students and audiences. in the world beyond the classroom.”

In May 2021ACLS received a $6.3 million the extension of the grant by the Foundation to continue the program of Buddhist studies, and increase and diversify the applicant pools to better reflect communities of Buddhist scholars around the world. The grant also created the new Buddhism Public Scholars initiative, which will announce its first cohort of scholars in June 2022. At the end of June, the ACLS will also announce the latest recipient of the new Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Chair in Buddhist Studies, which provides seed funding to institutions of higher learning to create new teaching positions in Buddhist studies.

Inspired and enlightened by the concept of interconnectedness, the Robert HN Ho Family Foundation Global energizes the fields of arts, culture and Buddhism, and funds initiatives that improve the well-being of humanity and the environment.

Formed a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 79 learned organizations. As the leading representative of American research in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, ACLS upholds the fundamental principle that knowledge is a public good. In supporting its member organizations, the ACLS uses its $179 million endowment and $34 million annual operating budget to expand the forms, content and flow of scholarly knowledge, reflecting our commitment to diversity of identity and experience. ACLS works with institutions, associations, and individuals to strengthen the scalable scholarship infrastructure. In all aspects of our work, ACLS is committed to principles and practices that support racial and social justice.

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