The two facets of Buddhist teachings–scriptures (agamadharma, lung gi chos) and realization (adhigamadharma, rtogs pa’i chos)–are transmitted through study, reflection, and meditation. This threefold process, vital for the training of Buddhist practitioners, is facilitated by institutes for study and retreat centers. Beginning with the founding of Nalanda University in ancient India, through the early monasteries of Samyé, Sangpu, and Shalu, and continuing now in the new or reestablished Tibetan monastic colleges in India and Nepal, intensive study has flourished for over fifteen hundred years within Buddhist institutes dedicated to the pursuit of higher learning. While intensive contemplative practice was generally pursued in solitary retreats lasting months, years, or even a lifetime, in more recent times, the tradition of group three-year retreats has been found to be particularly conducive to meditative training.

In recognition of the growing interest of Western Buddhists in undertaking serious studies, as well as long-term contemplative retreats, Tsadra Foundation is pleased to offer two scholarship initiatives. For more information, visit the corresponding section of each scholarship:

Dissertation Fellowship for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

This fellowship program provides two, one-year grants to graduate students at North American universities in order to support them in their pursuit of dissertation research focused specifically on Tibetan Buddhism. Dissertation research must include significant textual work on Tibetan Buddhist primary sources and include translation into English. Two non-renewable grants of $35,000 are available each year beginning in 2021.  Read more here: