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.

HDS Voices

Joy Fallon

Weekly, I was centered by silent prayer with three classmates; the peaceful ritual of Thursday Eucharist; and Wednesday’s noon service, where I first built a Day of the Dead altar, worshiped with a Buddhist priest, and honored the Native Spirit. My academics and my spirit life deepened. I was learning to pray my life with others, the gift I most need to sustain my ministry.
—Joy Fallon, MDiv '11
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