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Open Scholarship Application Period Begins December 15

The 2014 winter application period for the Khyentse Foundation Open Scholarship Program begins December 15, 2013. Applications will be accepted between December 15 and January 15, 2014. Khyentse Foundation awards scholarships to individuals who have shown a strong commitment to Buddhist practice and study. The Open Scholarship Program is a global, nonsectarian program that accepts applications from Buddhist teachers, students, scholars, translators, practitioners, retreatants, and others.

“Most of our applications come from individuals who are looking for funding to support their study and practice,” says Stephanie Suter, chair of the Scholarship Committee. “The Review Committee receives a wide variety of requests for funding, such as for degree programs in Buddhist studies, help with airfare for travel to India for pilgrimage, and requests by Theravadin monks from Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia. and many other countries where Buddhism is struggling due to political or social obstacles. And many westerners request tuition to attend study programs in the West or are embarking on long-term study in Asia, short-term shamatha retreats, or longer retreats and three-year retreats.”

Seven Review Committee members throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia work together to review the applications. In 2013, KF awarded 16 scholarships, for a total of $40,000, through this open application process. The committee accepts applications twice per year. The summer open application period is June 15 to July 15, 2014. The committee receives 50 to 100 applications per cycle. The majority of KF scholarship awards are in the range of US$500 to $3,000. We try to help as many worthy students as possible.

Many practitioners face financial difficulties when they wish to embark on long-term retreats, translation projects, or advanced degree studies.  “I think our scholarships have the potential to change lives,” says Stephanie.

Requirements: A simple application form, downloadable from the KF website, and a 400-word essay. Applicants who have received a KF grant in the past use the Continuing Scholarship application.

For more information, write to scholarships@khyentsefoundation.org