Fellowships

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.

 

University of Cambridge

Mia Ma

 

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2020-21

Mia Ye Ma received her B.A. in Art History from University of St-Andrews (2016) and M.A. degree in Art and Archaeology in East Asia from SOAS, University of London (2018). She also did internships at British Museum and National Museum of China. She is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, University of Cambridge. In the faculty, she gives lectures of Buddhist Art for the undergraduate course “Chinese Art and Material Culture”. Her current research focuses on a corpus of Goryeo Water-moon Avalokiteśvara Paintings, which globally number around 45 pieces and had mistakenly been attributed to Chinese professional painters of the Mingzhou workshop.

Ven. Phra Kiattisak PONAMPON

 

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2020-21

Phra Kiattisak Ponampon (釋智譽) is currently a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. He received an MA from the Department of Religions and Philosophies, SOAS, University of London. His research concentrates on Buddhist meditative techniques and visionary experience in the Foshuo guanfo sanmei hai jing. He is currently working on an early Dunhuang manuscript of this scripture.

Junfu WONG

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2020-21

Junfu Wong is a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. He received his MA degree from the Department of Religions and Philosophies, SOAS, University of London. His research seeks to explore the religious rituals and beliefs of lay people during the fifth and sixth centuries by analyzing epigraphical texts inscribed on stone stelae. He is also interested in the cultural interaction of China with its neighbors along the Silk Road. Another topic he works on is the interplay between Buddhism and Taoism during the Northern and Southern Dynasties.

 

Hamburg University

GAO Yu

 

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2019-21

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.

Léo MESSERSCHMID

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2019-20

Léo Messerschmid will be finalizing his Ph.D. thesis’ draft (working title “The Tradition of Chinese Esoteric Buddhism in Its Reception in Medieval Japan. A Study of the Keiran shuyôshû and its Chinese Antecedents”). In 2017 he participated in FROGBEAR research cluster in Japan which included field trip to temples, museums, and libraries in the Kyôto area. The trip afforded him the opportunity to access materials he works with first-hand and in their extant manuscript editions.

Franz VEIT

Masters Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2018-19

After transitioning from South Asian Studies at the University of Heidelberg to Buddhist Studies at Hamburg University, Franz aims to further expand his proficiency in Pali, Sanskrit and Japanese. He is spending the winter term of 2018/2019 at the renowned International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, Tokyo. He is interested in contemporary, modern and ancient hermeneutical practices across various traditions on questions of ethics and politics, since the dramatic global transformations of societies and their polities in the last two centuries also pose major questions for the exegesis of Buddhist teachings. How should we make sense of “universal monarchs”, royal metaphors and a history of close relations between rulers and Buddhist institutions in post-monarchical worlds? Was Buddhist political praxis and philosophy merely ad hoc and opportunistic or may there be even a consistent attitude in the rājanīti-genre from which one would have to extrapolate towards modern political affiliations? But maybe we find ourselves in a tetralemma between history and philosophy, kings and citizens, as well as between the lovers of wisdom and those of power.

LIU Qi

Masters Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2018-19

Ms. Liu Qi is enrolled as MA student of Buddhist Studies. For her thesis she uses methods from cultural anthropology and religious studies in order to analyze contemporary practices of sky burial in the Autonomous Region of Tibet and adjacent regions. She currently visits with Professor James Laidlaw, holder of the William Wyse Professorship of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University, with the goal of developing methodologies appropriate to her research. She received a one-year scholarship that helps defray her living expenses in Hamburg and Cambridge.

 

University of British Columbia

Weiyu LIN

Masters Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2018-19, renewed for 2019-20.

I transitioned from my undergraduate studies of Spanish and French literature to now studying Buddhism. In this new field, I retain my inclination to stay close to the text and language. I have started my studies of Tibetan and Japanese, hoping that one day I could traverse across Buddhist scriptures and scholarship with minimum language barrier.  As for the classical Chinese, I am putting myself through intensive translation exercises, using primarily Fazang’s philosophical treatises that bear on the practice of panjiao (doctrinal classification). Through translation and annotation, I wish to refine my sensitivity to Buddhist language and to make my foray into studying the intellectual history of medieval Chinese Buddhism.

Mylinda SUN

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2018-19, renewed for 2019-21.

Mingli Sun is currently 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 published over ten journal articles and book chapters, major ones including (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 Shikusi yanjiu 石窟藝術研究 [Study on the Grotto Arts], 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’ (Gugonng bowuyuan yuannkann 故宮博物院院刊 [Palace Museum Journal], 2017); (3) ‘An Analysis of the transformation tableaux of the Sutra of Visualizing Amitayus Buddha of Stone-carved in Dazu’ (Dazu shike quanji 大足石刻全集 [A Full Collection of the Stone Carvings in Dazu], 2018); and (4) ‘A Textual Examination on the Image of Amitābha with Fifty Bodhisattvas’ (Dazu xuekan 大足學刊 [Journal of Dazu Studies], 2020).

 

University of California, Berkeley

Meghan HOWARD

 

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2018-20

Meghan Howard holds a B.A. in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from Harvard University (2004). Her work
as a Tibetan translator and interpreter led her to Songtsen Library in Dehradun, India, where she spent four years working on a translation project involving Dunhuang materials related to the history of Tibet’s imperial period (7th to 9th centuries). Her research interests center on cultural and religious exchanges between Tibet and neighboring peoples from the imperial period through the fourteenth century. She is currently writing a dissertation on Facheng 法成/Chödrup (Chos grub, d. c. 860), an influential Buddhist monk and translator of Buddhist scriptures from Chinese to Tibetan and vice versa.

Howard MU

 

Masters Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2019-21

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.

XIE Zhuolun

Masters Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2019-21

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 completed her M.A. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and her B.A. in Art History from Boston College.

Max BRANDSTADT

 

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2018-19, 2021

Max Brandstadt received a B.A. in Asian Studies and Classical Studies from Bowdoin College (2013) and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (2016). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate
in the Buddhist Studies program at Berkeley. His research focused on the history of Sui-Tang China’s Three Levels Movement (Sanjie jiao), as well as broader issues of state-sangha relations in China. Brandstandt conducted archival research in Taiwan and Japan during the 2018/2019 academic year and continued this work in 2019/2020.

In 2021, Max became 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.

Fedde de VRIES

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2018-19

Fedde de Vries holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands, (2012) and an M.A. in Asian Studies from University of California, Berkeley (2015). After obtaining his M.A. he spent a year at Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Ukiah, California, as resident translator. His primary research interest is the thought of the prolific Huayan author Chengguan. Fedde endeavors to put this research in the context of the history of Buddhist thought and, where possible, modern philosophy.

 

University of Oxford

 

Qingniao Li

 

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2020-21

Before embarking on her DPhil studies, Qingniao Li completed an MSt in Oriental Studies with Professor Stefano Zacchetti at Oxford. Prior to this, she studied Buddhist Studies with Dr. Vincent Tournier at SOAS (London). As a scholar-to-be, she is fascinated with the diversity of Buddhist traditions and the dynamical nature of Buddhist canonical languages. The heart of her current DPhil research project will be a re-evaluation of the relationship between the Pāli Mahāpadāna-sutta, the Sanskrit Mahāvadāna-sūtra manuscripts from Central Asia, and the textual parallels preserved in the Chinese Āgamas.

 

Tuan Huyn

 

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2020-21

Tuan Huyn embarked on his doctoral programme in October 2020 at Oxford University. The topic of his DPhil thesis is “Prajñāpāramitā Commentarial Traditions: A Comparative Study of the Da zhidu lun 大智度論 (*Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa) and the Abhi­samayālaṃkāra-related Commentaries”. His educational background has solely been focused on Buddhist Studies: BA in Buddhist Studies (MCU, Thailand), Master of Buddhist Studies (HKU, Hong Kong), MA in Buddhist Studies (SOAS, London), and MPhil in Buddhist Studies (Oxford).

Nelson Elliott LANDRY

 

Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2018-19

Nelson Landry will begin reading his DPhil in Buddhist studies at Oxford University under the supervision of Professor Stefano Zacchetti. He is from Montreal, Quebec in Canada and first attended McGill University in Religious Studies. Having completed his studies in Canada, he spent the next four years of his educational career studying Mandarin, Classical Chinese as well as Chinese Buddhism at Peking University in Beijing, China. Thanks to the Glorisun Scholarship, he can further his study of Chinese Buddhism, specifically his studies on the Sui-Tang Dynasty Monk Daoxuan 道宣 (596–667). The aim of his project is to do a full or partial translation of Daoxuans Ji Shenzhou sanbao gantong lu 集神州三寶感通錄, paying particular attention to different aspects of visionary experience in the text.