Advancement of Buddhist Literacy Grant
Tsadra Foundation is calling for applications for a grant to write essays on the history, philosophy, and practices associated with buddha-nature teachings and tathāgatagarbha theory in Tibet. Grants may be for up to two years, with a flexible time frame of grant activity and effort. For example, a person already holding a half-time position in the field may apply for the grant. A person with an academic position may write full-time during the summer and spread the grant over the course of two academic years. Candidates will have an MA, Ph.D., be ABD, or have significant publications and experience with Tibetan Buddhism. The grant will be for no less than $35,000 for part-time and no more than $100,000 per year for full-time, commensurate with experience and qualifications of the applicant.
Grant recipients will become the writer-in-digital-residence for Tsadra Foundation’s buddha-nature project and will publish well-researched essays and help to curate the project website. The specific essay topics and number of contributions will be decided upon in collaboration with the Foundation; final project deliverables will be clarified in writing prior to the start of the grant.
This grant is designed to support Tsadra Foundation’s Buddhist literacy projects that connect the larger public with academic research and advance understanding of specific aspects of Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Proposed writing projects will involve developing content that connects readers to detailed textual and historical data associated with Buddhist ideas, as well as to the living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This writing will be addressed to an audience of educated readers of Buddhist materials and Buddhist practitioners. Candidates will be expected to have an interest and at least some experience interacting with different types of communities such as western dharma practitioners, Buddhist studies students in the academy, undergraduate readers, and/or traditionally trained Tibetan Buddhists. Grant recipients will be provided with an editorial team and access to Tsadra Foundation’s library and digital resources. Grant recipients may engage in the project from anywhere in the world.
Candidates will apply with a writing sample that they feel best represents their skills. More than one writing sample is welcome, such as an academic publication and a popular publication, but no more than three samples will be reviewed.
Interested persons should email the following items to Marcus Perman:
A cover letter explaining their interest in the grant and proposing at least one specific writing project or research idea to be discussed with the Tsadra team.
One letter of reference
Applications will be accepted until May 31st, 2020. The tenure of the grant will be flexible and discussed with the recipient, but can be from no later than September 30th, 2020 until no later than September 30th, 2022. No funding may be used for overhead at university institutions and programs. This grant may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any academic appointments. There is no additional financial support for dependents. Tsadra Foundation is in no way obligated to appoint any of the candidates who apply for this grant. A decision will be made by the members of the search committee after a thorough review of the submitted documents.
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