September 12, 2019 — Moraga, Calif. On behalf of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, BDK America is happy to announce that 2019 application forms are now posted for BDK Fellowships for Foreign Scholars studying in Japan during the 2020 academic year.

Each year BDK International awards several fellowships to enable researches to engage in research in Buddhism while in Japan. Applications are now open for 2020 and will be due December 2, 2019.


This program is administered directly by the BDK Fellowship Committee out of the BDK international headquarters in Tokyo.

For your convenience, we post pertinent forms and information directly on our website as PDF downloads:

BDK Fellowship for Foreign Scholars

Important Deadline

See the Announcement, but please note that the application and all supporting documents must reach the BDK Japan office by December 2, 2019. 

Eligibility Requirements

See the Announcement, but also note that eligibility is limited by age, nationality, academic status, and other factors.

Background on the Foreign Scholar Program. For more information, please see coverage at the English Language site of the BDK website. This will be the 30th year of the fellowship program. 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.

Recent Awardees. Typically awards are given each year to more than one scholar. For example,

  • 2019 fellows completing their studies are Lu Lu, Maxwell Joseph Brandstadt, and Anthony Robert Scott.
  • 2018 fellows were Vladimir Angirov, Meghan Howard, and Gilsan Lee.
  • 2017 fellows were Dörte Kamarid, Katarzyna Marciniak, and Juti Rakkit Shraman

Previous years' applicants are identified toward the bottom of the announcement on the BDK Japan website.

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.