The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is pleased to announce
the fifth competition for the Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, honoring
Professor Weinstein’s many contributions to the study of East Asian Buddhism in
North America. The prize will be awarded once every two years to the best
Ph.D. dissertation on East Asian Buddhism written in North America during the
two previous years. The dissertation must be based on original research
in the primary languages and should significantly advance our understanding of
East Asian Buddhism. East Asian Buddhism is understood for this
competition to refer to those traditions in East Asia that take Chinese
translations of the Buddhist scriptures as their basis (Chinese, Japanese,
Korean, and Vietnamese). Studies of East Asian Buddhist communities in
the West are not eligible for consideration.
The recipient of the award will be invited to give a public lecture at Yale
under the auspices of the Council of East Asian Studies. There is an
honorarium of $1,000.
Ph.D. programs in Buddhist Studies/Religious Studies in North America are
invited to nominate one dissertation that was completed during the academic
years 2014-2015 and 2015-16.*
The deadline for this nomination is December 31, 2016. The nomination
must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation, readers’ reports for the
thesis, and one representative chapter of the thesis. All materials
should be sent electronically (PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A three-person committee will select three theses to be read in their
entirety by all committee members. The authors of these three theses will
be requested to submit the entire theses in PDF format for this final stage of
The result of the competition will be announced by the beginning of the next
For more information, please contact email@example.com.
* Nominations by the authors themselves will not be accepted.