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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
Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs: Grants for Universities
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites proposals for grants to be funded by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs (RJIA). In 2017, ACLS will make three grants of up to $60,000 each to promote interdisciplinary collaboration at US-based institutions of higher education with existing strengths in the study of religion (in any humanistic or social science field) and journalism and communications. RJIA is made possible by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation.
The program features two interrelated components: a grant program for universities, and a fellowship program for humanities and social science scholars pursuing research on any aspect of religion in international contexts. ACLS will promote interaction between grantees and fellows by facilitating research residencies at grantee institutions and by funding program-wide symposia that will bring together fellows, key contacts at grantee institutions, and journalists who report on international affairs.
The RFP, which includes information about the terms of the grants and the application process, can be found at http://www.acls.org/programs/LuceRJIAgrants/.
Questions about the program may be submitted to [email protected], and the application deadline is March 23, 2017.
For more information about ACLS, visit www.acls.org. More information about the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, which sponsors this program, is available at http://www.hluce.org/hrlucerelintaff.aspx.
2018–2019 Forum on STUFF
Application Deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11:59pm EST)
- Complete the Application Form.
- Prepare your curriculum vitae.
- Merge your completed application form and c.v. into a single PDF file, with application first. Name your file: LastName-First (e.g., Franklin-Ben). Please submit as a PDF, not a Word doc.
- Arrange for three (3) confidential letters of recommendation. Individual referees should upload their confidential letter to our secure server as a PDF only. The submission deadline for referees is October 15, 2017. We strongly encourage you to contact your referrees early enough to give them adequate time to meet this absolute deadline. IMPORTANT NOTE: For uploading referee letters from Interfolio, please follow the special instructions explained below.
- Upload and submit your application (with c.v. included) to our secure webform(please complete and carefully check all webform fields). Applications that are emailed or snail-mailed will be considered ineligible.
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