Buddhist Ministry Initiative International Fellows

Please note the application deadline for the International Fellows program is February 15, 2021.

Part of the Buddhist Ministry Initiative, the International Fellows program affords an opportunity for individuals who are deeply engaged in Asian Buddhist communities to do coursework and field education at Harvard Divinity School focused on Buddhist ministry for one year. This fellowship program was created in 2013, thanks to a generous gift from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. The program is intended for students 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 fully in classes as well as co-curricular community activities.

International fellows will receive scholarships to cover full regular tuition and living expenses. Fellows are engaged as full-time students who may enroll for a maximum of eight half-courses for credit within a period of one academic year. They 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.

The deadline for application is February 15, 2021, and all materials must be received at the HDS Registrar’s Office by that date for an application to receive consideration.

For further information, contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@hds.harvard.edu.