Applications Invited for BDK Fellowship for Foreign Scholars

The Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK), the Society for the Promotion of Buddhism, contributes to the advancement and improvement of human welfare and world peace by promoting the Buddhist essences of compassion, interconnectedness, culture and research that are the foundation of Japanese culture.

The BDK provides a fellowship for foreign scholars to promote international co-operation and mutual understanding in Buddhist studies. The fellowship allows researchers to visit Japan for one year in order to carry out advanced research on Buddhism.

To be eligible, applicants should be:

Of non-Japanese nationality.

Under 40 years of age at the time of application.

Preferably advanced graduate students working towards a PhD degree.

Able to engage in the academic study of Buddhism for one full year.

Affiliated with a Japanese university or research institute while in Japan.

The award comprises:

Monthly scholarship payments of ¥250,000 for a single awardee or ¥300,000 for an awardee with their accompanying family.

Health insurance premium for coverage provided by a local government office in Japan (for recipient and their accompanying family, up to ¥30,000 per person).

Partial subsidy for domestic research travel and book purchases: ¥40,000 towards research travel and ¥40,000 towards book purchases.

One round trip economy class air fare for the recipient (for a recipient already residing in Japan, a one-way return ticket).

Applications should be submitted by email by the deadline of 2 December 2019.

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