New! Buddhist Studies PhD scholarship

Edinburgh Buddhist Studies network, University of Edinburgh, invites applications for a new PhD scholarship in Buddhist Studies.

The Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Studies PhD scholarship is to the value of 25,000 USD per year, for a maximum of four years, beginning in either September 2020 or January 2021.

In order to qualify for the scholarship competition, applicants must receive an offer of place to study for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, for a project in the field of Buddhist Studies, supervised by one or more members of the Edinburgh Buddhist Studies network (listed below).

The deadline for applying for the award is 14 June 2020, 22:00 GMT.

Edinburgh Buddhist Studies network 

Edinburgh Buddhist Studies (EBS) network is a multi-disciplinary network hosted by the School of Divinity. It is a hub for Buddhist Studies in the north of the UK, drawing on a network of scholars in Scotland and the wider region. 

Dr Naomi Appleton, Co-Director of EBS, is Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions, School of Divinity. Dr Appleton says,

"We are delighted to be able to offer this scholarship and would like to thank the Khyentse Foundation for their support. Edinburgh Buddhist Studies is a growing research community, and the successful applicant will be encouraged to participate in our rich array of events and activities, including works-in-progress workshops and round-table discussions with visiting scholars.  

"Each PhD student has at least two supervisors, and these can be from different schools, which is of particular benefit to multidisciplinary fields such as Buddhist Studies. Language training is available in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Sanskrit and Pāli supervision is also available on an ad hoc basis."

PhD students in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have access to world-class library facilities, student research funds for archive/fieldwork/conference trips, and extensive skills training. You would have the chance to audit taught courses at undergraduate and masters level where these would enhance your research, or to participate in PhD-level reading groups."

Further information

Further information about the scholarship and how to apply can be found on the Edinburgh Buddhist Studies website. 

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please address them to your proposed supervisor, or email:


Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Studies PhD scholarship

Edinburgh Buddhist Studies network

Khyentse Foundation

Potential supervisors:

  • Dr Naomi Appleton: Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions, School of Divinity
  • Dr Ian Astley: Senior Lecturer in Japanese, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
  • Professor Joachim Gentz: Chair of Chinese Philosophy and Religion, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
  • Dr Halle O’Neal: Reader in History of Art, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Professor Jonathan Spencer: Regius Professor of South Asian Language, Culture and Society, School of Social and Political Science.