The Glorisun Network partners offer partial and full fellowships for Masters and Ph.D. students. Recipients of these fellowships will have the opportunity to participate in a multi-year international and interdisciplinary project, sponsored by SSHRC and led by Jinhua Chen (titled: From the Ground Up: East Asian Religions through Multi-Media Sources and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 2016–2023). The fellowships offer opportunities to participate in research visits to East Asia, and to interact with international scholars and students to develop skills in working with local partners and international peers. Recipients may also receive training on how to identify, document, photograph and transcribe primary source materials. Students will learn to work in diverse multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary environments.

Hamburg University

Yu Gao


Ph.D. Fellowship 2019-2021 With a B.A. in Law, Yu Gao has been trained both in Anthropology at East China Normal University (M.A. 2015), and Chinese Studies at Chinese University of Hong Kong (M.Phil 2017). From 2012 to 2015, she explored the interrelations among the state, the temple, and the followers in a Buddhist temple in Hangzhou. From 2015 to 2017, she focused on popular religions in local society in late imperial China with historical anthropology approach. She continued to explore her interest in Chinese religions with her Ph.D. project, studying the China branch of transnational Buddhist monastery Foguangshan with the historical and anthropological approaches under the affiliation of Asia-Africa institute at Hamburg University. In 2021, she conducted fieldwork in Yangzhou and at the Dajue temple where she lived and worked with 90 other people in order to know their daily lives in the temple.
Liu Chen

Ph.D. Fellowship 2021 Liu Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in Sinology at the University of Hamburg. She obtained her M.A. from Tianjin University of Commerce and her B.A. from Hebei University. Her research area includes the study of Dunhuang and Heishuicheng manuscripts, the language and culture of Buddhist scriptures, Buddhist rituals and rituals in Sanskrit and Chinese Buddhist scriptures. Currently, her Ph. D dissertation uses textual and literary techniques to look into Bodhisattva Ring and the Song monk Zhijian’s Westward Journey.


University of British Columbia

Mylinda SUN Ph.D. Fellowship 2021-2022 Mingli Sun is a Ph.D. student at The University of British Columbia. Her research area is Buddhist material culture in Medieval China with a focus on the Western Pure Land images in Sichuan from the Tang and Five Dynasties, on which topic she has a dozen of publications as journal articles and book chapters. The major ones include (1) ‘An Analysis of the transformation tableaux of the Sutra of Visualizing Amitayus Buddha as Carved on the Cliffs in Sichuan Area from the Tang and Five Dynasties’ (from the Study on the Grotto Arts 石窟藝術研究, 2016); (2) ‘An Analysis on Factors of Light Circles and Treasure Ships of Transformation Tableaux of the Sutra of Visualizing Amitayus Buddha in Sichuan Area from the Tang and Five Dynasties’ (Palace Museum Journal 故宮博物院院刊, 2017); (3) ‘An Analysis of the transformation tableaux of the Sutra of Visualizing Amitayus Buddha of Stone-carved in Dazu’ (A Full Collection of the Stone Carvings in Dazu 大足石刻全集, 2018); (4) ‘An Analysis of the images of treasure birds in the transformation tableaux of the Western Pure Land Sutras in Sichuan from the Tang and Five Dynasties’ (Journal of Putuo Studies 普陀學刊, 2020); and (5) ‘A Textual Examination on the Image of Amitābha with Fifty Bodhisattvas’ (Journal of Dazu Studies 大足學刊, 2020).


University of California, Berkeley

Howard Mu


Masters Fellowship 2019-2021 Howard Mu completed his M.A. in the Group in Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley in 2021. During the two years of his M.A. program, he studied Sanskrit and Japanese, and completed several research projects on medieval Chinese Buddhist intellectual history. His research topics included the 4th-century Madhyamaka thinker Sengzhao, the 6th-century Dilun commentator Jingying Huiyuan, and the 6th-century Madhyamaka commentator Jizang. His M.A. thesis, titled “Buddha Nature as the Middle Way—Jizang’s Madhyamaka Interpretation of Buddha Nature,” analyzed Jizang’s understanding of the doctrine of Buddha Nature based on the Nirvāṇa Sūtra as well as his response to various doctrinal controversies on Buddha Nature in his time from a Madhyamaka standpoint
Zhoulun Xie

Masters Fellowship 2019-2021 With the generous support of the funding, Zhuolun Xie completed an M.A. thesis entitled Rethinking Soushan tu: The Painting of the Search in the Mountains from the Collection of the Berkeley Art Museum and Beyond during her time at Berkeley. In 2021, Zhoulun became a Ph.D. student studying premodern Chinese art in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Her recent research interests include paintings of religious themes from the tenth to the seventeenth centuries, especially their consumption and circulation. She also has an interest in Buddhist visual and material culture in Dunhuang. Zhuolun received her M.A. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and her B.A. in Art History from Boston College.
Max Brandstadt


Ph.D. Fellowship 2018-2019, 2021 Max Brandstadt is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He works on the history of Sui and Tang Buddhism, particularly the Three Levels Movement, as well as the relationship between religious and political forms of authority.


University of Oxford


Qingniao Li


Ph.D. Fellowship 2019-2022 The title of her research project is “Sattabuddhānāṃ Pūjārtham: The Worship of the Seven Buddhas and the Historical Transmission of the Pāli Mahāpadāna-sutta and its Textual Parallels in Sanskrit and Chinese”. The heart of this research will be a philological and comparative study between the Pāli Mahāvadāna-sutta, the Sanskrit Mahāvadāna-sūtra manuscripts from Central Asia, and the textual parallels of this MAP/MAV family preserved in the Chinese Āgamas. As her research deals with various recensions of the MAP/MAV, a close comparative philological study of all the available textual sources will help to uncover the historical transmission of this sutta/sūtra family. While comparing different textual parallel, she will undertake a thorough investigation of the MAV manuscripts and analyse their distinctive features. In addition, she also works on the English translations of MAP and MAV, and their textual parallel in the Chinese Dīrgha-āgama. Furthermore, this research will take into account the archaeological findings concerning the Seven Buddhas in India, Southeast and East Asian Buddhist areas.

HUỲNH Quốc Tuấn (Ven. Thick Nhuan Tu)


Ph.D. Fellowship 2019-2022, Glorisun-Zacchetti Fellowship recipient for 2021-2022 Ven. Tuan is the first recipient of the Glorisun-Zacchetti Fellowhip, which honours the late Dr. Stefano Zachetti who was a well-respected scholar and part of the Glorisun network since its inception in 2017 until Dr. Zachetti’s untimely death in 2020. Venerable Tuan is in his second year of his doctorate, with working title “An Early Prajñāpāramitā Commentarial Tradition: A Study of the exegetical features of the Da zhidu lun (*Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa).” This study approaches the Da zhidu lun as a commentary on the Larger Prajñāpāramitā with a focus on its commentarial features and methods.It adopts both a macroscopic approach (which aims at sketching an overall picture of the interpretive program of the Da zhidu lun) and a microscopic approach (which aims at analysing in detail this program based on the three case studies). This study also intends to situate the Da zhidu lun in a larger picture of the Indian Mahāyāna exegetical tradition. His educational background has solely been focused on Buddhist Studies: B.A. in Buddhist Studies (MCU, Thailand), Master of Buddhist Studies (HKU, Hong Kong), M.A. in Buddhist Studies (SOAS, London), and M.Phil. in Buddhist Studies (Oxford).
Jacob Fisher


Ph.D. Fellowship 2021-2022 Jacob Fisher started his doctoral research in October 2021. His tentative thesis title is “Nectar, water, or blood? Indo-Tibetan perspectives on perception across realms, and conventional and ultimate pramāṇas”. Before coming to Oxford, Jacob completed the Master’s Programme in Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra, a seven year traditionally orientated study programme based on the Tibetan Geshe degree, at Instituto Lama Tsongkhapa Italy. After completing the program, he spent another five years teaching it to the monks at Nalanda Monastery France, upon the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. At the conclusion of that period, he completed a one-year Master’s degree at the University of Oxford, graduating with a distinction and winning the Yeshe Khandro Prize for the best thesis in the study of Tibetan Buddhism. Jacob’s doctoral research focusses on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist epistemology. His research specifically focuses on how Indian śāstra literature and their Tibetan commentaries resolve the question of relativism and valid conventional knowledge within the context of an illusory world. The study revolves around a classical example found across south Asian dialectical traditions: that of a river and the vastly distinct perception of it by hungry ghosts, animals, humans, and gods. He hopes this research will shed new light on Buddhist solutions to the central philosophical question of relativism, in both its ontological and epistemological dimensions


Princeton University

Echo Weng

MA Fellowship 2020-2022 Echo joined the program in the Asian Religions subfield in 2020. Her research interests center on disability, body, medicine, and healing in medieval Chinese Buddhism. She is particularly interested in the disciplinary nature of Buddhist images and the interactions between images and practitioners in the realm of dream. She is also interested in the dialogue between religion and science fiction. Prior to coming to Princeton, Echo received her B.A. in Comparative Literature at Georgetown University and her M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Tan Yingxian Ph.D. Fellowship 2021-2022 Tan Yingxian is currently a Ph.D. student in the department of Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). Her first M.A. thesis (HKU, 2016) focuses on the doctrinal differences between what is known as Chinese syncretic Chan and Japanese pure Zen. Her second M.A. thesis (HUJI, 2019) reappraises the economic rationale behind Northern Zhou’s persecution of Buddhism. Now she is working on the State-Saṃgha relation in late sixth and early seventh century China. Her Ph.D. dissertation deals with this subject from a double perspective: that of the state’s religious policy on the one hand and that of the Buddhist response on the other. Her participation in Frogbear/Glorisun programs in both 2019 and 2020 enabled her to broaden the perspective of her research, as did her role as the reporter on the Glorisun’s 2021 “From Jetavana to Jerusalem” conference. In mid-December of 2021 she held a photograph exhibition on Buddhism in modern China for the first time at HUJI, with special focus on monumental monasteries versus village hermitages. See her exhibition description on page 45. See her “ From Jetavana to Jerusalem” conference report in appendix W and X.