Kyoto University, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS/Shishukan)

A Seminar in Applied Buddhist Philosophy


Requirements for Application

We can accept in our Research Group one to three new graduate students every year. See the admission information of our Graduate School. Applicants who wish to join our group are encouraged to select “Philosophy” as subject for the written test, and prepare for it by studying three foundational books. We welcome also post-doctoral research projects. In both graduate and post-graduate cases, we select projects in what we define here as applied Buddhist philosophy, aligned with our essential intent and objectives. Applicants are thus encouraged to write their research proposal after having studied carefully the information and references provided on this website. It is also possible to consult us directly by email for research orientation. Prior training and demonstrable competency in one or several Buddhist languages, used in canonical texts or living traditions (Pāli, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Classical Chinese, Japanese, etc.), is expected. The core expertise of the Research Group’s main supervisor, Marc-Henri Deroche, being Tibetan and Himalayan studies, the collaboration of a co-supervisor in another department of Kyoto University may be necessary in order to offer a complementary expertise and ensure the best guidance for the proposed plan (see current projects and co-supervisions).

members of research group

Funding for Graduate Research

  • All students are encouraged to apply to the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for a doctoral contract: check out their website Here.
  • Foreign students are encouraged to apply to the scholarship of the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT/Monbukagakusho), through the Japanese embassies or consulates in their respective countries: check out the MEXT website Here.

Funding for Post-Doctoral Research