NEH Women in Buddhism 2022


NEH Seminars and Institute Program

Women in Buddhism: Religion, Politics, and the Arts

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Postponement Announcement

In light of the continued health impacts and daily life disruptions of the pandemic, we have decided to postpone our summer institute programs. Women in Buddhism: Religion, Politics and the Arts is rescheduled for June 5-30, 2023. These dates will be confirmed in Fall 2022. 

We are committed to offering our participants the most comfortable, safe and transformative learning experiences possible, and uncertainties about COVID-related restrictions and the possibility of last-minute cancellations make postponement the most responsible choice at present.  

What does this mean for your application? 

•             For those who have already sent in applications, we will keep your applications on file. We will contact you in Fall 2022 to see if you would like to revise or withdraw your application. 

•             If you have not submitted your application, we ask that you hold your application until we reopen the application period in Fall 2022. 

We also intend to offer one or two online, 3- or 4-day intensive workshops this summer, and hope to announce those in the coming month. If you wish to be placed on our mailing list to receive program announcements, please contact: [email protected]

Once again, we are sorry to be unable to host the Institute this summer as planned. We will look forward to hosting the institute next summer and to welcoming you into the ASDP `ohana. 

Dates: Postponed to Summer 2023

Format: In Person

Stipend: $3,450

Women in Buddhism: Religion, Politics, and the Arts is a 4-week residential institute program for college and university teachers. The Institute will be offered by the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu. This multidisciplinary program will explore the evolving relational agencies of women from the origins of Buddhism into the modern era and will foster deep and context-rich engagement with key traditions, practices, and primary texts. The program is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate educators addressing issues of diversity at the intersections among religion, gender, power, globalization, and cultural pluralism. Applicants accepted into this program will receive a $3450 stipend to help defray the costs of participation. 

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Click on the Institute Guide for Institute Overview, Institute rationale, and director and speaker bios.                   


Click on the application guide for application info, eligibility, NEH stipend, participant expectations, location, and accomodations.   


COVID Disclaimer

Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

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 The Women in Buddhism: Religion, Politics, and the Arts program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

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