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Jul 8th, 2002

 

KF Ashoka Grants

For requests that fall outside the criteria for Advanced Study Scholarships, KF Individual Practice Grants or other awards, KF has created a fund for special project grants. This program identifies and supports organizations and individuals working to increase Dharma activity around the world.

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. Past awards have gone to a wide variety of recipients, from children’s educational organizations to organizations dedicated to helping incarcerated people through Buddhist meditation.

  • How: Applications are reviewed by the KF Ashoka Grants Committee. Download a form here. Submit to grants@portuguesekf.wpengine.com before the deadline.
  • When: Applications can be submitted twice a year, from July 15 through August 15 and from January 15 through February 15. Decisions are made three months after the application.
  • How much: Grants range up to US$5,000.

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.

  • When: KF accepts open scholarship applications twice a year, from December 15 through January 15 and from June 15 through July 15.
  • How: Applicants can download a form and submit it along with a 400-word essay about themselves and their project. Applications are reviewed by an international selection committee appointed by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.  If you have already received support, please use the Continuing Scholarship Application Form.
  • How much: 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 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.

  • When: KF accepts open scholarship applications twice a year, from December 15 through January 15 and from June 15 through July 15.
  • How: Applicants can download a form and submit it along with a 400-word essay about themselves and their project. Applications are reviewed by an international selection committee appointed by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.  If you have already received support, please use the Continuing Grant Application Form.
  • How much: 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

Working in partnership with 84000 , the foundation has developed the KF Translation Studies Scholarship to support students in advanced degree programs in translation studies and Buddhist philosophy with the express purpose of training the translators of the future.

  • Who is eligible: 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.
  • When: Submissions are accepted between February 1 and March 1, and applicants are notified of the outcome by July 1.
  • Where: Students may apply from any accredited university worldwide.
  • How: Applicants can download a form from the KF website. Along with the form, applicants are requested to submit academic transcripts, an academic letter of recommendation, proof of enrollment, a sample translation, a budget proposal, and a 400-word essay. Completed applications should be sent to tss@portuguesekf.wpengine.com.
  • How much: The scholarships vary in size; the maximum amount is US$5,000.

The KF Award for Outstanding Dissertations in Buddhist Studies 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. The award consists of US$8,000 to enable the recipient to further his or her research. Accredited institutions that offer PhD programs in Buddhist Studies or Religious Studies in any European country are invited to nominate one dissertation that was completed during the academic year 2012-13 and 2013-14. Nominations will be accepted from October 1 through December 31, 2014.

Nominations must include four separate documents:

  • Letter of recommendation by a member of the faculty and/or the chair of the department or institution
  • Summary of the dissertation in English (not more than 2 pages)
  • One representative chapter of the dissertation
  • Full contact details for the department and for the author of the dissertation
  • These documents should be submitted by email to jun@portuguesekf.wpengine.com.

 

Comments on “Scholarships & Award Application Forms”

  1. admin says:

    Dear Ngo Thi Du,

    If you have any questions about scholarships, please contact the scholarship committee: scholarships@portuguesekf.wpengine.com

  2. U Chai Ching says:

    I Think this Kyentse foundation will be useful and helpful especially for Buddhist students, who are studying Buddha’s teachings. I highly appreciate this foundation and wish to be carried on father for the welfare of Buddhist students. Thank you.

  3. Ujjwal Kumar says:

    I’m a student of Pali and Buddhist Studies. I did and M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the Hong Kong University, Hong Knong. Is K.F. provide funding for translation of Pali text into Hindi?
    Thanks,

  4. admin says:

    Dear Ujjwal Kumar, I am sure the committee would consider a strong proposal on this. Please contact info@portuguesekf.wpengine.com

  5. Is USS dollar 500-5000 monthly or annually?
    What about the quality of education since MA in translation has come up very recent in Nepal?

  6. Dolma says:

    Actually, I am not a Buddhist student even I am Buddhist. Now I am doing bachelor in Nursing. So, do KF provide founding for other than Buddhist student??

  7. admin says:

    I am sorry Dolma, Khyentse Foundation solely supports the studying and practice of dharma. Best of luck with your nursing degree!

  8. admin says:

    Our grants are distributed annually. We do have several recipients in Nepal.

  9. Ngeisok says:

    Actually, I am not a Buddhist. But, I am interested in Buddhism. I would like to take M.A in Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg. My question is: Can I apply KF study scholarship for my Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany?

  10. admin says:

    Yes you may apply for a scholarship. There is no rule about having to be a Buddhist to pursue a degree. The application window opens in a few weeks.

  11. Ven.Ariya says:

    I am a Theravāda Buddhist monk.
    I would like to continue to study for M.A Pāli & Buddhist Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Srlilanka or India.
    Can I apply KF study scholarship for Buddhist Studies ?

  12. Lata Deokar says:

    I am a visiting faculty at the Department of Pali, University of Pune. I am interested in editing the classical Sanskrit-Tibetan dictionaries. Currently I am engaged editing the Kavikāmadhenu commentary on the Amarakosha. The authors of both these texts were Buddhists. I now wish to undertake a bilingual critical edition of the root text of the Amarakosha and study its impact in India, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. In which category can I apply?

  13. Jino says:

    Application for (KF Buddhist Study Scholarships), to which mail we have to submit?

  14. admin says:

    Hi Jino, the address is on the application form along with all the instructions. scholarships@portuguesekf.wpengine.com

  15. Alec says:

    Hello! There is a question in the Individual Practice Grant form: “If you have a grant from another institution what is its name? Amount of grant?” – so, if I have a grant which is not related to particular aims of current application, but is related to academic Buddhist studies (it is certain university program), should I mention it?

  16. stephanie says:

    to Alec re: Individual Practice Grant form. We only need to know the particulars of the application and project that you are applying for. We need to know how much you are requesting, how much you are personally funding, and other grants that you have received to fund this particular retreat or study. If you have a grant to fund a different area of study, that’s great! but we don’t need to know about it unless you will be using it to fund the project you apply to KF for. Any questions about scholarships can be sent to scholarships@portuguesekf.wpengine.com

  17. admin says:

    Venerable Ariya, it sounds like you would be eligible for the KF Buddhist Studies Scholarship unless you are studying to be a translator. Please contact scholarships@portuguesekf.wpengine.com if you have questions. The application is online and the deadline is between January 15-February 15, 2016.

  18. Marcel Dediu says:

    I am a bit confused regarding the deadline for submitting the applications for the Buddhist Studies Scholarship. Is it between January 15-February 15, 2016? Because in the application form it says that is between December 15-January 15, 2016. Which dates are correct?

    Best,
    Marcel

  19. stephanie suter says:

    sorry for the confusion. the correct dates for the Buddhist Studies Scholarship Application is December 15 to January 15 as it is written on the form.

  20. T. Ho says:

    I would like to apply KF Individual Practice Grants, where should I email to? After I finish filling the form, how to email it? Do I need to print out the application form and email to you with the attached 400 words essay?
    Thank you!

  21. admin says:

    All the instructions are on the form. Please download the form and read it carefully. If you have any questions you can send an email to info@portuguesekf.wpengine.com.

  22. Nyima Gyaltsen says:

    I have a question that when i should submitt my application of Buddhist Studies Scholarship? Is there any specific time or free to submitt whenever?

  23. admin says:

    All the application rules and procedures are clearly explained in this article and on the application page. Please read carefully. Thanks!

  24. Our organization is running schools in Spiti valley and hostel for the students of Spiti and other Himalayan region at Sidhbari Dharamshala. Would it be possible for us to apply for 2-3 proposals under KF Ashoka grant.
    Regards

  25. As a organization can we apply for 2-3 proposals under KF Ashoka Grant ?

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