Other Student Support

Students examine Buddhist relics at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge




University of Cambridge

• Student bursaries for four students studying topics related to Buddhism, Dunhuang and the Silk Road.

• Research Assistantships for three students to help organize the Cambridge Dunhuang Studies Conference, the Dunhuang and Silk Road Seminars talk series, as well as the Tangut language classes with Professor Peng Xiangqian, a visiting academic from Ningxia University.

University of California, Berkeley

• Funding for two students in the Buddhist Studies PhD program, working on medieval Chinese Buddhism.

Max Brandstadt

Max Brandstadt received a BA in Asian Studies and Classical Studies from Bowdoin College (2013) and an MA in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (2016). He is currently a PhD. 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. He will conduct archival research in Taiwan and Japan during the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic years.



Fedde de Vries

Fedde de Vries is currently a PhD student in the Group in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley. He holds a BA in Religious Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands, (2012) and an MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley (2015). After obtaining his MA 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.

Yale University

• Participation of one student (Nathaniel Lovdahl) in the Winter Program in Taiwan.


Nate Lovdahl is a PhD student interested in monastic identity formation and the role of work/labor in the identity-formation process.




• Funding for MA student Xianguan Liu (釋賢貫, of the 極樂寺) to take summer Sanskrit language course at the University of Wisconsin.

• Funding for MA student Haohao Chang (釋賢構, of the 極樂寺) to take summer Sanskrit language course at the University of Wisconsin.

• January-May 2018: student scholarship for Illjea Lee:

Iljea Lee grew up in New York City. He has a BA From Queens College, City University of New York, an MA From Boston University, an M. DIV. from Yale Divinity School, and is currently a PhD student at Yale University in the Department of Religious Studies. He has worked at Harvard for five years prior to beginning his doctoral program at Yale. He is studying early Buddhist texts with Phyllis Granoff.



Peking University

• Two monk-students, Venerable Jizhao and Venerable Daowu, doing their doctoral program, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India and Hanazono University in Japan respectively, both aided by the Glorisun Global Network of Buddhist Studies at Peking University.

University of Cambridge

• Stipend to three graduate students (Jing FENG, Kelsey GRANGER, Xi FANG) working on areas related to Chinese Buddhism and Dunhuang Studies.

• Funding to bring students to British Library.

Students were provided the opportunity for a first-hand examination of the Dunhuang manuscripts. This proved to be a very useful exercise, considering that the largest collection of Chinese Buddhist manuscripts in the world is located in London.

Princeton University

• Participation of two graduate students FROGBEAR research clusters in Korea and Japan.

• Participation of three graduate students and one post-doctoral fellow in the Woodenfish/Dunhuang Academy Seminar at Dunhuang.

Hamburg University

• Participation of one PhD student (Léo Messerschmid) to FROGBEAR research cluster in Japan. The field trip to temples, museums, and libraries in the Kyôto area afforded the student the opportunity to access materials he works with first-hand and in their extant manuscript editions.