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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/.
Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS, so it only makes sense that it recognizes the need for scientists who are well versed in communicating complex ideas to a general audience. Enter the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows program, which has thrived in this endeavor for 42 years.
This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Philadelphia Inquirer, WIRED, and Scientific American. The AAAS Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to non-specialists. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal.
For 10 weeks during the summer, the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows collaborate with media professionals at radio and television stations, newspapers, and magazines. As part of their job, the student-scientists and their host-journalists strive to make science news easy for the public to understand. The fellowship program is designed to enhance coverage of science-related issues in the media in order to improve public understanding and appreciation of science and technology. Fellows have the opportunity to observe and participate in the process by which events and ideas become news, improve their communication skills by learning to describe complex technical subjects in a manner understandable to the lay public, and increase their understanding of editorial decision making and the way in which information is effectively disseminated. In its 42 year history, the program has supported over 670 Fellows.
- Applicants must be enrolled as students (upper level undergraduate or graduate) or postdoctoral trainees at a university — or within one year of a completed degree — in the life, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics and related fields. If you have questions about your eligibility, email [email protected]
- Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships.
- Applicants must be US citizens or already hold visas that allow them to recieve payment for work during the summer. AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas.
- Successful applicants are required to attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the beginning of the summer (early June) and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer (mid-August). They will prepare reports on the progress of their fellowships throughout their placement.
The Fellowship is open to international students who are already studying in the United States and who hold visas that allow them to receive payment for work during the summer. AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas. The Fellowship is also open to US citizens studying abroad, as long as they can pay their way back into the US for the Fellowship.
AAAS typically selects from 15-20 Mass Media Fellows each summer. Fellows are provided a weekly stipend of $500 as well as travel expenses to and from AAAS and their sites. AAAS does not provide housing or an additional housing stipend.
June 7, 2017 – August 22, 2017
Orientation in DC: June 7-9
Dates onsite: June 12 – August 18
Wrap-up in DC: August 21-22
MAJOR CONFERENCE: ART, MATERIALITY AND REPRESENTATION
BRITISH MUSEUM/SOAS 1st-3rd JUNE 2018
CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS
We are very pleased to announce the call for panel proposals for the fourth of the RAI’s recent major conferences. As before, it will be jointly organised by the RAI and the BM’s Department for Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and held in the Clore Centre of the British Museum. We are also very pleased to be joined by the Department of Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where a portion of the break-out rooms for the conference panels will be located in the newly refurbished Paul Webley Wing of Senate House.The RAI welcomes panel proposals on any of the themes below. However, it would not wish to restrict any potential suggestion, and proposals are welcome on any aspect of the theme, whether theoretical or ethnographic. Proposals from any of the sub-fields of anthropology (social anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology or linguistics) are welcome, as are those which draw across disciplines. We would particularly welcome proposals from the museum world, especially papers that reconsider the relationship between museums and anthropology today and in the past.
Amongst the possible areas which may be considered are:
- Recent debates in materiality, representation and relationality.
- Performance and aesthetics
- Heritage, transmission and identity
- Art as ethnographic resource
- The anthropology of creativity and art
- The visual perception of art and recent developments in understanding its biological basis
- Art, craft, technology and the reinvention of tradition in tourist art.
- The changing relationship between archaeology, excavation, nationalism and identity.
- Recent developments in the anthropology of art, including ethnographic or anthropological analysis of western and non-western art traditions, whether historical or contemporary.
- Art, materiality and material culture
- The anthropology of art in the archaeological record, including prehistory.
- The changing place of art in specific geographic locations.
- Commoditisation of non-western art traditions in the west and the place of anthropology and anthropologists within that process.
- Curating and curators, and the interface between museums and academic departments historically and today.
- Cultural property, ownership and representation of ethnographic objects
- Ethnographic museums and their futures, including the consideration of indigenous museums.
- Authenticity and the politics of representation
- Craftsmanship, apprenticeship, and learning to become an artist.
- The consideration or reconsideration of the contribution of particular scholars in the anthropology of art.