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FASS Scholarship in Buddhist Studies


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) received endowed gifts in December 2009, 2011 and 2012 to establish and support the FASS Scholarship in Buddhist Studies. This was made possible by Po Ming Tse Temple, The Buddhist Fellowship, The Buddhist Library, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and The Amitabha Buddhist Centre.


The scholarship is open to all deserving students undertaking a graduate programme in FASS. The scholarship recipient's studies and thesis must be related to the study of Buddhism, including but not limited to any of the following subjects:

  • Buddhist History
  • Buddhist Culture, Art and Architecture
  • Buddhist Psychology and Meditation
  • Buddhist Philosophy and Ethics
  • Buddhist approaches to world problems, living well, and improved social conditions

Shortlisted students will be required to be interviewed by the selection panel.

Application Process

New students should indicate their interest in being considered for the scholarship by enclosing this form (FASS-G5/10) with their application package.

Current students should indicate their interest in being considered for the scholarship by sending an email to the Administrator, which must be accompanied by a letter/email of recommendation from their supervisor, endorsed by the Head of Department/Programme. Current students should apply by the same deadlines as the new students.   

Application Period

The first scholarship will be awarded in the academic year starting August 2011.

Please refer to this link for the application deadlines.

Value of Award

The scholarship covers:

  • Tuition fees;
  • A grant of S$3,000 per candidature to be used for academic purposes related to the recipient's research, with the approval of the department and Faculty. Examples of academic purpose include conference, fieldwork, language courses not offered by the Centre for Language Studies, exchange programmes, etc.;

In addition, students can apply for and will be considered for support to cover living expenses:

  • Either a monthly stipend at the same amount as the NUS Research Scholarship, a FASS Graduate Tutor Assistantship (GTA), or a FASS Graduate Researcher Administrative Assistantship (GRAA) which provides a monthly salary of S$1,800 and S$1,500 respectively (subject to CPF contribution for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents). The criteria for a RS, GTA or GRAA award will be the same as for other graduate students.

Based on satisfactory progress the scholarship will be renewed on an annual basis. The end-date for the award period is the end of the second year of candidature for Masters candidates and the end of the fourth year of candidature for PhD candidates.

For exceptionally deserving cases, the committee will consider providing support, on a case-by-case basis, to students beyond the above period to allow them to finish their research. This is for students who have been on the scholarship previously, but also for other students who need support during this period and is limited to no more than one semester.


Scholarship recipients are expected to present their findings in and outside the University and acknowledge receipt of the scholarship in presentations and publications.