The Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery has made a gift of S$1,125,000 to support scholarships and fellowships in Buddhist Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).
(From left) Venerable Ming Yi, Dr See and Assoc Prof Loy were in attendance at the cheque presentation ceremony.
The gift will be used to award scholarships to deserving FASS graduate research candidates who focus on Buddhist Studies. Each scholarship will be tenable for up to two years for Master’s candidates and up to four years for PhD candidates.
It will also be used to support fellowships—the first to be established for the discipline in Singapore— for academics to undertake research on and teach modules in Buddhist Studies. They will also be encouraged to develop new modules in the discipline. The gift may also be used to support NUS FASS undergraduate or graduate students who pursue research on topics in Buddhist history or studies, such as the funding of student research trips to archives overseas or the presentation of scholarly papers at international conferences.
“Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery had donated S$200,000 to establish the Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery Bursary last year, and we wanted to continue to see how we could support NUS. We are glad to work together with NUS to further Buddhist Studies, and to support the endowed fund for fellowships in Buddhist Studies as well as the endowed fund for graduate scholarships in Buddhist Studies,” said Venerable Ming Yi, Abbot of Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery.
The cheque was presented by Venerable Ming Yi and Dr Aaron See, Chairman of Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery, to Associate Professor Loy Hui Chieh, FASS Vice-Dean of External Relations and Student Life, in a simple ceremony held at FASS on 28 June.