Buddhist East Asia:   The Interplay of Religion, the Arts and Politics

An NEH Summer Institute ~ May 28 to June 22, 2018 ~ Honolulu, Hawaii ~ Hosted by the Asian Studies Development Program

Buddhist East Asia:  The Interplay of Religion, The Arts and Politics
An NEH Summer Institute

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How to Apply

Who Should Apply. To apply for the Buddhist East Asia Institute you must meet the NEH eligibility criteria (see the link below). In addition to full-time faculty at American 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, the program is also open to graduate students and non-tenured/non-tenure track faculty. First consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Seminar or Institute.


In keeping with the ASDP mission of enhancing undergraduate Asian studies, we especially welcome applications from faculty who demonstrate a personal commitment to teaching excellence and whose institutions are committed to expanding and enhancing engagement with Asian content throughout the humanities and social sciences


Because the program is designed to offer a broad introduction to Buddhist East Asia while also providing a context for more in-depth exploration of specific regional traditions and historical dynamics, no prior training in Buddhist or Asian studies is expected. We also do not expect training in Asian languages. A guiding principle of the selection process will be to include people from a wide range of disciplines to become co-creators of a truly diverse community of inquiry. This will likely include people with substantial graduate Asian area studies training, but also people with no such training. We also anticipate including both people with academic and/or personal commitments to the study of Buddhism, but also people completely new to studying and teaching about Buddhism. In the end, we are looking for a group of people who will enthusiastically explore how to turn differences into opportunities for mutual contribution.


NEH Stipend.  Participants will receive a total stipend of $3300 to help meet costs associated with attending the Institute, including travel, housing, meals, and required Institute texts. A stipend check will be disbursed on the first day of the Institute. Participants accepted into the program are expected to attend all sessions, arriving on May 27, 2018,


The Application Process. If you decide to apply for admission to the Institute, please use the guidelines and cover sheet provided by the NEH which is available below. NEH no longer requires reference letters, but does request that you provide contact information for two references. The electronic submission deadline is March 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications on March 28, 2018.


In addition to the NEH coversheet, you must submit an application package to ASDP for review by the Institute selection committee. This package should include your CV and an essay (no more than 4 double-spaced pages) in which you provide us with relevant information about your personal and academic background; your reasons for applying to this particular program; how you anticipate participation in the Institute to impact your teaching, research, and/or writing projects; a summary of how you anticipate you might contribution to the Institute community; and a statement about how you expect your participation in the program to further the development of Asian studies at your school. 

All application documents must be submitted electronically. Submit your application here by creating a Submittable account or logging in. Email or postal mail submissions will not be accepted.


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