People working to increase Dharma activity around the world in creative and long-lasting ways can apply for the support through KF special projects grants to organizations and individuals.
Apply for Support
Khyentse Foundation provides a number of opportunities for individuals and groups to receive funds to further their dharma studies, practice, and activities. We have also partnered with many leading institutions to establish scholarship and academic award programs. In the nonsectarian spirit of the Khyentse lineage, we accept applications from Buddhist teachers, students, scholars, translators, practitioners, retreatants, from all traditions anywhere in the world. Committees appointed by Khyentse Rinpoche work together throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia to review each application.
After selecting the appropriate grant or scholarship from the links above and reviewing all of the eligibility requirements and details, you can directly download the application forms here:
Q: Can I apply for both a Buddhist Studies Scholarship and a Personal Retreat Grant in the same round of applications?
A: No, you may apply for only a Buddhist Studies Scholarship or a Personal Retreat Grant at one time.
Q: How often can I apply for a scholarship?
A: If you have not been awarded a scholarship, you may reapply as often as you like. If you have been awarded a scholarship, you must finish the term of the scholarship before reapplying.
Q: Is there a limit to the amount that I can apply for?
A: Scholarships tend to be in the range of US$500to $4,000, but you can apply for any amount. We award larger amounts depending on our budget and the application proposal.
Q: How do I know if I am eligible for a KF scholarship or grant?
A: The KF scholarship program supports the study and practice of Buddhadharma. If you are an individual enrolled in a degree program in Buddhist Studies, studying Tibetan for the purpose of becoming a translator, or attending a retreat, you are eligible to apply for a Buddhist Studies Scholarship or Personal Retreat Grant. Other projects that don’t include study or practice, such as publishing a translation of a text, by individuals, groups, or institutions, are eligible to apply for an Ashoka Grant. Khyentse Foundation does not support building and capital improvements.
Q: Can I apply if I want to do pilgrimage?
A: KF does support travel for the purpose of pilgrimage and retreats through the Individual Practice Grants.
Q: Do I need to match KF funds with my own funds?
A: Generally, we expect that a KF scholarship or grant pays no more than half of the cost of the project, study, or retreat. There are exceptions, such as monastics, whom we fully fund.
Q: Can I apply for KF funding for study at RYI?
A: We accept applications for study at RYI only for Translation Studies Scholarships. For all other studies, KF has a matching scholarship program with Rangjung Yeshe Institute that is managed by RYI. We support students to study at RYI through that program; in order to receive funding from us, you must apply directly to RYI.
Q: What are the deadlines for the scholarships and grants?
A: Buddhist Studies Scholarships and Individual Practice Grants have the same deadline windows: twice annually, from December 15 to January 15 and from June15 to July 15. Translation Studies Scholarships have an annual window of February 1 to March 1.
Q: Can I apply for both a Buddhist Studies Scholarship and a Translation Studies Scholarship?
A: Yes, we will accept applications from one person for both scholarship programs for the same program of study, but will award only one or the other. If you are accepted for both programs, you would receive only the larger scholarship.
Q: Can I apply for a Translation Studies Scholarship as a novice translator?
A: The TSS program supports candidates for advanced degrees in the study of Tibetan translation or in Buddhist Studies for the purpose of becoming a translator. In general, we support the study of Tibetan but are broadening the criteria to include other languages in certain cases. You are expected to have some translation experience and to be working in your field as a translator before being considered for a TSS.
Q: Can I apply for a TSS if I am not attending one of the institutions that was initially supported by KF?
A: The TSS program is open to any student at any advanced degree program of Buddhist Studies or Translation Studies. We no longer have preferred institutions.