The Glorisun Network partners offer partial and full fellowships for Masters and PhD students. Recipients of these fellowships will have the opportunity to participate in a multi-year international and interdisciplinary project, newly 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.


Fellowship Recipients 2018–2019

University of British Columbia
Will (Weiyu) LIN

Masters Fellowship 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. Currently, I focus on improving my classical Chinese and acquiring the Tibetan language. Language-study, however, goes hand in hand with reading Buddhist philosophical texts, steering me towards the studies of Buddhist philosophy and philology. I am still exploring the topic for my master thesis which, in any case, would involve the translation of and the commentary on a Buddhist text, likely of the Huayan school.
Mylinda Sun

PhD Fellowship Mylinda Sun has been studying Buddhist material culture for a few years. Her research focuses on the transformation tableaux of the 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.


Hamburg University
Franz Veit

Masters Fellowship 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 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 receives a one-year scholarship that helps defray her living expenses in Hamburg and Cambridge.


University of Oxford
Nelson Elliott Landry


PhD Fellowship 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.