Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Studies Dissertation Award

I am delighted to announce the launch of a new award from the Khyentse Foundation ( which will provide a prize of $8,000 USD to the author of the best Buddhist Studies doctoral dissertation submitted in Europe and written in the English language. The award will be presented every two years, starting in 2015, and further details from the official press release are pasted below.

I have the great honour of being the chair of the selection committee, and am really looking forward to looking through some of the best of Europe’s Buddhist Studies theses. It is a great initiative that will support the field of Buddhist Studies in Europe and reward young scholars at a crucial time in the formation of their careers.

The press release:

Announcing the Establishment of the Khyentse Foundation Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertations in Buddhist Studies, Europe

Khyentse Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of its second Award for Outstanding Dissertations in Buddhist Studies. The award will be presented every two years to the best PhD dissertation in the field of Buddhist Studies written in Europe, including the UK, during the previous two academic years. 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.

The dissertation must be written in English. The award will consist 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

A five-person committee will select three dissertations to be read in their entirety by all committee members. The result of the competition will be announced by June 30 of the following year.

If circumstances permit, the recipient of the award will be invited to give a lecture based on his or her dissertation at an institution selected by Khyentse Foundation.


Oct 1-Dec 31, 2014                    Nominations accepted

Feb 28, 2015                              Three dissertations selected

May 15, 2015                              Winning dissertation selected

June 30, 2015                            Winner announced

June 30, 2016                            Invitation to submit nominations for the next award

Khyentse Foundation sponsors a similar award for dissertations written in Asia. The recipient of the Asian award for 2014 is Mr. Chao Tung Ming, who received his PhD in Philosophy from National Taiwan University in 2011. He won the award for his thesis on the Chinese Yogācāra school of Buddhism.

Khyentse Foundation is an international 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. The foundation supports individuals and institutions engaged in the practice and study of Buddhism, with beneficiaries in 30 countries. In the past 10 years, the foundation has offered more than US$7 million in grants, directly affecting the lives of people around the world. Projects funded include a chair of Buddhist studies at the University of California at Berkeley, the digitization of the entire Tibetan Buddhist scriptural canon, endowments for traditional monastic colleges in Asia, a worldwide scholarship program, and numerous other innovative initiatives. Learn more about Khyentse Foundation and Dzongsar Khyentse’s activities at


About naomiappleton

I work in the Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh, where I research and teach subjects related to South and Southeast Asian religions.
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