September 2, 2016 — Moraga, Calif. BDK America wants to alert interested scholars that very soon 2017 application forms will be posted for the BDK Fellowships for Foreign Scholars studying in Japan during the 2017 academic year. This program is administered directly by the BDK Fellowship Committee out of the BDK international headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
2016 Forms for Background Only. The global website hosted by BDK Japan still has 2016 forms available for download but only for background purposes. Each year the form is updated. Please do not submit the 2016 form for the 2017 scholarship. 2016 forms will not be accepted for the 2017 term.
Back in June we first announced the improved access to applications and information about the program, thanks to the greatly improved English version of the BDK global website.
Stay Tuned! We will update our listing as soon as the 2017 applications are available. We expect the forms to be ready before the end of September, 2016.
Background on the Foreign Scholar Program. For more information, please see coverage at http://www.bdk.or.jp/english/about/financial/fellowship-2.html. Please note the eligibility requirements and the deadline for applications.
Purpose. The BDK Fellowship aims to promote international cooperation and mutual understanding in Buddhist studies, and is intended to enable researchers to engage in advanced research on Buddhism while in Japan. Typically each year BDK awards several fellowships. For example, 2016 fellows were Emanuele Davide Giglio and Katarzyna Marciniak.
Role of BDK America. While BDK America does not have a hand in the selection process, we want to make sure any eligible scholars who would benefit from the program at least have an opportunity to apply. Applications are considered carefully by the BDK Fellowship Committee in Japan.