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

Ven. Phra Kiattisak PONAMPON


Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2019-20

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 2019-20

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



Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2019-20

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.

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.


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

Will (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 2019-20.

Sutra of Visualizing Amitayus Buddhaas carved on the cliffs in the Sichuan Area, on which topic she has several publications as book chapters and journal articles. They include “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” (from the Palace Museum Journal), “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), and “An Analysis of the transformation tableaux of the Sutra of Visualizing Amitayus Buddha of Stone-carved in Dazu” (in A Full Collection of the Stone Carvings in Dazu), and so on.


University of California, Berkeley



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 2019-20

Howard Mu is currently an M.A. student in the Group in Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and government and legal studies from Bowdoin College (2018). After receiving his B.A., he worked in Boston, Massachusetts for a year at a non-profit educational organization before coming to the University of California, Berkeley. His main research interest is Buddhist philosophy, specifically Chinese Madhyamaka and its influence on Chinese Buddhism and culture. He is also interested in exploring the relevance of Buddhist philosophy to contemporary debates in western philosophy.

XIE Zhuolun

Masters Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2019-20

Zhuolun Xie is an M.A. student at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.A. in Art History from Boston College (2019), where she developed research projects on the architectural, sculptural, and pictorial programs at Buddhist cave temple sites at China’s northwestern frontier. Her current research interests revolve around the visual and material culture of Chinese Buddhism in the early medieval period, especially the production, reception, and ritual function of sacred images among the clergy and the laity. At Berkeley, with the support of the funding, she hopes to develop text- and object-based approaches and bring in interdisciplinary perspectives to her study of Buddhist art.



Ph.D. Fellowship Fellowship awarded 2018-19

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 focuses 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 has conducted archival research in Taiwan and Japan during the 2018/2019 academic year and will continue this work in 2019/2020.

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

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.