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The 2016 cohort of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellows and institutional grantees in Buddhist studies received over $2.1 million in support for research, writing, and teaching. Twenty-eight scholars and two universities representing 10 countries were selected from a diverse and competitive pool of applicants through a rigorous review process administered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Congratulations to all awardees!
Now in its third year, this innovative program continues to grow and respond to the needs of the field it has been strengthening. Two new competitions, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies, were added this year, based on advice received from a growing network of Fellows, advisers, reviewers, and Foundation staff. Research Fellowships support a year of research and writing at any stage of a scholar’s career. Grants for New Professorships provide seed funds to universities, in any country, to establish new positions in Buddhist studies.
“The enthusiastic response to the first call for applications in the two new competitions signals that the Foundation’s support is needed and will contribute to the growing network of Buddhist studies,” noted Andrzej W. Tymowski, director of International Programs at ACLS.
Awardees will use their tenures to study and teach Buddhist traditions through a variety of disciplinary approaches. Selected projects focus on diverse geographic areas in South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, and cover many historic periods, from medieval China to contemporary Cambodia. The Fellows themselves span the globe in their academic training and affiliation, coming from Switzerland, Norway, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, and the United States, among others.
“Our Foundation believes that Buddhism has an important part to play in addressing today’s challenges,” said Foundation Chairman Mr. Robert Y. C. Ho. “We are delighted to support Buddhist teaching and scholarship, in collaboration with ACLS, and highly encouraged by the broad range of excellent applicants for the Program. Now in its third year, the grant scheme is making real progress towards realising my family’s vision of developing a global, non-sectarian Buddhist learning network.”
ACLS President Pauline Yu added: “The current year of awards has seen an expansion in the range of topics, geographies of research, and home countries of award recipients. We also note with pride the development of a truly international network of Foundation-supported Fellows. The network was visible in 2015, when the Foundation sponsored a three-day symposium for Dissertation Fellows at the University of British Columbia. The cross-fertilization of ideas at the meeting benefited both Fellows and senior scholars who attended.”
The 2016 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellows in Buddhist Studies are:
- The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
- The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
- The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
- The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
- The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies
The 2016-17 competitions will open in July. Further information is available at www.acls.org/programs/buddhist-studies/.
The American Philosophical Society Library invites applications for three new fellowships under a grant received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Studies Initiative (NASI).
These opportunities are for scholars at various stages of their careers, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and other scholars working closely with Native communities on projects. Each fellowship provides a stipend and travel funds. The application deadline for all is March 1, 2017 and all materials must be submitted online. Full details can be found in the links below.
This 12-month fellowship is intended for an advanced Ph.D. student working toward the completion of the dissertation. Applications are open to scholars in all related fields and all periods of time, although preference will be given to those who have experience working with Native communities.
For more information and to apply: https://amphilsoc.org/mellonpredoc.
A one-year, residential fellowship for post-doctoral scholars at any stage of their careers, including tribal college faculty members and others who work closely with Native communities. Applications are open to scholars in all related fields and all periods of time, although preference will be given to those who have experience working with Native communities.
For more information and to apply: https://www.amphilsoc.org/mellonpostdoc.
A new research fellowship aimed to encourage Digital Knowledge Sharing among scholars of the history, culture, and languages of indigenous people of North America. These Digital Knowledge Sharing (DKS) fellowships are open to scholars working on Native American and indigenous topics who need to do archival research at the APS Library or elsewhere in order to complete their projects.
For more information and to apply: https://www.amphilsoc.org/mellondks.
CALL FOR FILM PROJECTS for AAA FILM PITCH WORKSHOP
Are you currently working on a film? Are you interested in getting feedback?
Are you interested in ethnographic film production but not yet ready to share a project in progress?
Due to the enormous success of the 2016 Pitch Session, we are once again convening a FILM PITCH Workshop at the 2017 AAAs. Please join us for the Second Annual Society for Visual Anthropology FILM PITCH workshop, December 1, 1-5 PM.
A PITCH SESSION FOR ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMMAKERS: DEVELOPING YOUR STORY, INTEGRATING YOUR RESEARCH, FINDING FUNDING AND DISTRIBUTION
This workshop uses the pitch format of documentary film festivals in which filmmakers pitch their work-in-progress to a jury of funders, distributors and award winning filmmakers. For each film presented, the jury will provide feedback including strategies for visualizing anthropological content and suggestions for developing your narrative and structure. Other discussion topics include conceptualizing your audience, and opportunities and strategies for funding and distribution.
Pre- Selected filmmakers will give a 10 minute presentation of their project, that includes a description of the story, themes, research, visual style, plans for completion and a short video sample. Our workshop format is intended to encourage lively discussion between jurors, other workshop participants and the presenting filmmakers. Discussion will address both the effectiveness of the pitch and the substance of the film project. Jury and audience awards.
The goals of the workshop are:
- To model how to present a film project to potential collaborators, funders & distributors.
- To provide concrete strategies for turning research into visually compelling stories.
- To direct participants to funding and distribution opportunities.
Pitch jurors TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Two ways to participate in this workshop
PITCH YOUR PROJECT: Whether your project is in development, production, or in rough cut stage, this is an opportunity to get feedback on your work-in-progress from a jury with expertise in anthropological filmmaking, funding and distribution. Seven filmmakers (or filmmaking teams) will be selected to pitch projects. Those interested in presenting their film project should send a brief Pitch Proposal (see below) to Alice Apley ([email protected]) by October 15, 2017. The organizers will select a mix of experienced to first-time filmmakers.
NONPITCHING WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: As a workshop participant, you can observe the pitches, join the discussion about the projects in progress, learn from the pitches, get ideas, and plan for a future visual project.
If you are interested in pitching, send a one-page description of your project and a video sample. It should include:
- Short synopsis describing the significance of the project, brief discussion of the issues, themes and story you will explore, and the visual style of the film (e.g. observational, experimental documentary etc).
- Your bio, including your unique qualifications for completing this project successfully, such as knowledge, skills, access or history of involvement with the characters and/or subject matter.
- Please also include a short status report describing where you are in the research, development and/or production process, what work has been completed and a brief timeline.
- Production-related photo (optional).
Also send a trailer, teaser, or clips via a single streamable link of film footage or visuals (still or moving). (7 minutes maximum)