Ho Family Foundation Scholars

Part of the Buddhist Ministry Initiative, the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Scholars program affords an opportunity for students from Asian countries to do coursework and field education at Harvard Divinity School focused on Buddhist ministry. The program is intended for individuals from Asian countries who plan to continue their work in ministry in their home countries following the completion of the program at HDS. Applicants who are already enrolled in a degree program at their home institution may propose to spend a year at HDS to enhance their understanding of Buddhist ministry from an international perspective. Other applicants may propose to come to HDS for the year in order to strengthen an existing practice in Buddhist ministry. A major aim of the program is to increase exchange of knowledge and understanding among students of Buddhist ministry in Asia and in the United States, thus students who are awarded this scholarship will be expected to participate in classes and a variety of colloquia.

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Scholars will receive scholarships to cover full regular tuition and living expenses. Students in this category may enroll for a maximum of eight half-courses for credit within a period of one year. Students receive full credit for work completed in this program and may transfer these credits elsewhere, or in some cases may petition to have some or all of the work count toward completion of one of the degree programs at HDS.

Candidates should be aware that admission to this special program is not an indicator of future admission to other degree programs at Harvard Divinity School. For further information, contact the Office of Admissions at 617.495.5796 or admissions@hds.harvard.edu.

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William A. Graham
William Graham

I envision a place where interfaith and cross-cultural understanding is always on a personal level and comes naturally rather than being an objective. By working on shared problems in the history and practice of religions, shoulder to shoulder with persons of different faiths, cultures, races, ethnicities, and viewpoints, one discovers most tangibly the common humanity shared with others very different from oneself.
—William A. Graham, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Member of the Faculty of Divinity

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