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.
Deer Park Institute
In 2006, Rinpoche established Deer Park Institute (DPI) in Bir, India, at the foothills of the Himalayas. Rinpoche’s vision to revive ancient Nalanda University’s spirit of open and deep inquiry into Buddhadharma. Students from around the world come to DPI to listen, contemplate, meditate, and experience the teachings. Khyentse Foundation has been funding the operation of Deer Park since its inception and is very glad to witness its rapid growth and its gradual path towards financial independence through donation (dana) from participants and grants from various sources, including the Indian government.
University of California at Berkeley
In 2006, the University of California, Berkeley announced the establishment of the KF Distinguished Professorship in Tibetan Buddhism, thanks to a $1 million endowment from Khyentse Foundation. Learn more about the KF-UC Berkeley collaboration over the years: https://khyentsefoundation.org/focus/focus_july15.html.
Eötvös Loránd University
In 2016, Khyentse Foundation made a commitment to fund Buddhist Studies programs at the Institute of East Asian Studies at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary. With this funding the university will establish an additional faculty position and offer more courses in Buddhism and Tibetan language to the university’s BA students. The new faculty member will also lead the development of an MA program in Buddhist Studies and coordinate the activities of their newly created Budapest Center of Buddhist Studies.
University of Sydney: KF-UBEF Lectureship
In 2017 Khyentse Foundation celebrated a groundbreaking partnership with the University of Sydney in Australia, establishing a new academic position in Tibetan Buddhist Studies. The lectureship is jointly funded by KF and UBEF (University Buddhist Education Foundation) with support from the Aberbaldie Foundation. Thanks to the KF-UBEF Lectureship and the courses to be offered through it, the University of Sydney now offers the most comprehensive Buddhist Studies program in the Australasian region and in the Southern Hemisphere.
Rangjung Yeshe Institute: Matching Funds Program
In 2016, Khyentse Foundation awarded a grant of $20,000 USD to Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal to support its financial aid program. It is a matching funds program by which Khyentse Foundation matches the contribution from Rangjung Yeshe Institute.
University of Pennsylvania: KF Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies
2016 KF Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies Recipient: Paul McBain
Paul McBain is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Religious Studies, focusing on comparative Buddhist poetry in Japan and Thailand. He speaks Japanese and Thai and studies Sanskrit and Pali. He is also a student of religion and literary theory. His BA is from Oxford University and his MA is from the University of Chicago. His latest project is on the life and work of Thailand’s most famous poet, Sunthorn Phu.
Tokyo University of Arts: Chinese Artist Studies Restoration Arts in Japan
Han Weimeng received a KF Ashoka Grant for the 2014-2015 academic year at the Tokyo University of Arts. The grant enabled him to complete a Master of Arts course in traditional Japanese painting. His goals were to acquire traditional copying techniques of Japanese murals and to enhance Buddhist art preservation skills.
Pal Ewam Namgon Nunnery School
The Pal Ewam Namgon Nunnery School was established in 2011 to provide free Buddhist and secular modern education to underprivileged or orphaned girls in the remote Himalayan region of Mustang, a district of Nepal. Currently the school is home to 39 nuns from around Nepal. KF contributes to the education of these young women by funding the salaries of several of the school’s teachers.
Mongolian Buddhist Women’s Conference
In 2015, the Mongolian Buddhist Women’s Conference brought together 300 Mongolian Buddhist women who were active in their local communities, both rural and urban, to share their experiences, aspirations, and challenges, to learn from each other, and to establish common goals and cooperation. A Khyentse Foundation grant helped to cover travel assistance and stipends to women from rural areas who otherwise might not have been able to attend, as well as meals and rental of the conference space.
Focus Reentry is a mentoring program founded on Buddhist principles that offers free counseling and help in securing resources to meet the immediate needs of offenders who are reentering society. Khyentse Foundation has been supporting Focus Reentry since 2012. A 2014-2015 KF grant helped the organization to serve people in two capacities: Human Needs and Mentor Support.
Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy
Khyentse Foundation supported Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita (Steven Kaboggoza, from Uganda) in his B.A. studies in Buddhist Leadership at Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Sahil Kumar received scholarships in 2011 through 2014 to study at Sarah College in Dharamsala. She writes, “I am fully committed to learn Buddhist Philosophy so that I could serve Indian Buddhists. Thanks a lot to Khyentse Foundation for giving me scholarship by which I am learning the Buddhism.”
National Cheng Chi University
Khyentse Foundation currently partners with Buddhist Studies programs at thirteen universities on four continents to encourage excellence in Buddhist scholarship. National Cheng Chi University is one of our partners.
Khmer-Buddhist Education Assistance Program
KF has developed partnership with the Khmer-Buddhist Education Assistance Program (KEAP) in Cambodia to support recovery of the Theravada lineage of the Cambodian sangha through higher education of qualified monks.
Karma Tekchen Yi Ong Ling Retreat Centre
KF helped to support Rene Vejvoda in a three-year retreat at Karma Tekchen Yi Ong Ling Retreat Centre in Germany.
Inside-Out Prison Project
Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International
Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University
Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita
Dr. Chao Tung-Ming, KF Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation
Visiting Professor Program
The Mani Foundation
University of Vienna
International Association for Tibetan Studies
Meditation Camp for Bhutanese Teachers
Bhutan Nuns Foundation
KF Prize for Outstanding Translation
KF Scholarship Recipient: Luke Younge
In 2009 with the support of a KF scholarship, Luke Younge completed two summer courses of study at Nitartha Institute in the United States. Luke is bringing a systematic two-year Buddhist studies program to Cape Town and Johannesburg. Read more about his journey here.
Chantaloube Retreat Centre
University of British Columbia
Chilean Dharma student scholarship to RYI
TBRC, Cambridge, MA
University of Hamburg: Khyentse Center for Tibetan Buddhist Textual Scholarship
In January 2011 with the support of a grant from the Khyentse Foundation, Professor Dorji Wangchuk established the Khyentse Center for Tibetan Buddhist Textual Scholarship in the Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg. The center is devoted to scholarly investigation of Tibetan texts, primarily Buddhist.
University of Peking
Warnum Nuns Retreat
University of Kelanya, Sri Lanka
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
University of of Edinburgh, Scotland
Fu Dan University, China
Palestinian Dharma student grant
Tovana's Israeli Youth Dharma Project: Meditation for Young Adults in Rehovot
The project began with a pilot mini-retreat, focused on meditation and introduction to Buddhism. The mini-retreat was partially silent and included introduction to Vipassana meditation, sitting and walking meditation sessions, an introduction to the Buddha-Dharma and inter-personal exercises. The second phase was a ten – week’s course, attended by fourteen participants that took place in a community center in Rehovot.
Patrick Dowd's Bhoti Ethical Education Textbook Project
KF is supporting Patrick Dowd‘s Bhoti Ethical Education Textbook Project in developing a set of textbooks for students in the traditionally Buddhist region of Leh, India.