Buddhist Scholarships

Most religious theorists speculate there are at least 350 million people practicing Buddhism, predominantly in Asian countries such as Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The religion is continually gaining worldwide popularity and increasing in followers across the world. Western culture is now embracing the idea of Buddhism, with Americans and Western Europeans studying the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, or Buddha.

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Despite the growing numbers of Buddhists in western culture, there are only a few scholarships for college students who practice and are looking to study Buddhism. However, scholarships by type that are very specific are often less competitive as awards based on broad criteria, such as academic achievement or financial need. Also, there are general religious scholarships that are applicable to all religious studies programs. Buddhist scholarships are available to undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, and for individual practice.

To view scholarship information for some examples of Buddhist scholarships, click the links below. For a more complete list of scholarship opportunities, religious and otherwise, conduct a free college scholarship search.

Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Studies Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Khyentse Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to support all traditions of Buddhist study and practice. Since 2001, the foundation has supported individuals and institutions in more than 30 countries and has directly affected the lives of people around the world. Khyentse Foundation activities include major text preservation and translation [...] More

Khyentse Foundation Individual Practice Grants

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Khyentse Foundation Individual Practice Grants are awarded for one-year terms. They are intended to support those who wish to practice in a Buddhist tradition. KF Practice Grant recipients may apply each year for a continuing grant to fund longer-term retreats. Deadlines will vary. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Khyentse Foundation Translation Studies Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Khyentse Foundation has developed the KF Translation Studies Scholarship to support students in advanced degree programs in translation studies and Buddhist philosophy with the expressed purpose of training the translators of the future. Students must be currently enrolled in a program of translation studies or Buddhist philosophy and are on track to become translators or are currently [...] More
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