Advanced Studies Scholarships


Tsadra Foundation's Advanced Studies Scholarships provide Western Buddhists with an opportunity for in-depth study of Buddhist philosophical literature in the Tibetan language. The Foundation offers three-year scholarships to Westerners who wish to study at Tibetan Buddhist institutes in India and Nepal.

While there are many institutes that admit Western students, Tsadra Foundation is aware that the following institutes will accept qualified Western men and women (lay or monastic) for the duration of the scholarship.

●     Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, India

●     Karma Lekshe Ling, Swayambhunath, Nepal

●     Rangjung Yeshe Institute M.A. program, Boudhanath, Nepal

●     Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath, India, and Namo Buddha, Nepal

Scholarships are not, however, limited to those institutes nor to any specific tradition. Please note that these scholarships are not available for translator or interpreter training programs.

Learn more about our Advanced Studies Scholarships through the following expandable sections:

>  EligibilityRequirements●    Acceptance at the institute where you wish to study for three years●    Be a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for five years or more●    B.A. or equivalent●    Minimum of an intermediate level of proficiency in literary TibetanPreference will be given to those already enrolled in a shedra and those whose previous studies include Collected Topics (bsdus grwa), Classifications of Mental States (blo rigs), Classifications of Reasons (rtags rigs), and debate trainingPersonal qualities that we are looking for include,but are not limited to:●    Prior experience living in South Asia●    Understanding of, and respect for, monastic culture and traditional modes of study●    Diligence and enthusiasm for learning●    Open-mindedness●    Emotional stability●    A sense of humor●    Flexibility>  Financial AwardScholarships cover the following costs each year for three years:●    Tuition or an offering to the institute in lieu of tuition●    Room and board●    International medical insurance●    Round-trip economy airfare from home country to India or Nepal. (This will provide scholarship recipients with the opportunity to return to their home countries once a year during their break.)Modest allowances for books, incidentals, and visa expenses are also provided.>  Application ProcedureRequired documentation1.  Completed Application form. (See Documentation Download page).2.  Completed Document Checklist (see Documentation Download page.)3.  Curriculum vitae: in addition to other academic studies, this should include all relevant Buddhist studies, Tibetan language studies, meditation practice, any meditation retreats, and the date you took refuge. Please include any other relevant information in a short paragraph.4.  Two letters of recommendation: from a university professor, Western Buddhist teacher or meditation instructor, or senior Western sangha member. Please ask that these letters be sent directly to in pdf format. Also please note that we do not accept letters written in Tibetan or from one’s root, or primary, lama.5.  A letter from the institute you wish to attend stating that you have been accepted for a three-year period of study.All materials should be sent in pdf format to: studyscholarship@tsadra.orgDeadlines for Scholarships●    Application deadline is September 1.●    Candidates must be available for interviews during September and October.●    Final decisions will be announced by November 15.>  Reporting and EvaluationScholarship recipients are required to submit reports every four months and year-end reports to the Advanced Studies Scholarship director. Each scholarship recipient is expected to pass their institute's yearly exams, and maintain the required academic standards and rules of conduct of their institute.A scholarship recipient who wishes to discontinue his or her studies at any time for reasons other than medical ones or a family emergency will be required (within a reasonable timeframe) to reimburse the foundation for the amount of scholarship funding he or she has received up to that point.>  Documentation DownloadRemember! Currently, most web browsers don't support PDF form submission. Please don't fill in the forms using your web browser viewer. Instead, save the documents into your computer and fill in and submit the forms using Acrobat Reader.Application FormIf you would like to apply for an Advanced Studies Scholarship, please complete the application form and send it to along with the other required documents, as listed on the Application Procedure page. Open or download the PDF Application Form here.  Documentation Checklist FormScholarship applicants should verify that they have sent each of the documents listed in the Documentation Checklist Form and send this checklist along with the other required documents. Open or download the PDF Documentation Checklist Form here.  Studies Scholarship InformationThis document contains all the information presented on the web site regarding the Advanced Studies Scholarship. Open or download the PDF document here.




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