Henry Ginsburg Dissertation and Thesis awards

The Henry Ginsburg Fund is pleased to announce the establishment of awards for outstanding Ph.D. Dissertations and MA theses in the field of Thai Buddhist art and culture. The awards will be granted on alternate years: one Ph.D. award for one year, one MA award for the following year, and so on.

The purpose of the awards is to encourage the award winners in their continuing study of Thai art. We especially want to encourage the new generation to go beyond formal studies: to delve into the ideological, textual, ritual, and social sources of artistic production, and to explore the relations between manuscript culture and artistic representation.

(1) Henry Ginsburg Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertations in the field of Thai Buddhist Art and Culture

The Baht 80,000 prize will be awarded every two years to an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in the field of Thai Buddhist art and culture completed during the previous two academic years.

The dissertation must be based on original research on primary materials, and it should significantly advance our understanding of the subject. The topic is defined broadly as pertaining to the fine arts and archaeology of Thailand, for example illuminated manuscripts, paintings, images, and related material culture. It may also research related literature, inscriptions, ritual, and custom. The range may extend beyond Thailand to areas that have influenced or been influenced by the art of Thailand or have been dynamic partners in intercultural exchange with Thailand.

Accredited institutions in Thailand that offer PhD programs in the fields mentioned, including Buddhist studies and religious studies, are invited to nominate one dissertation that was completed during the academic year 2011–12 or 2012–13.

  • The dissertation may be written in Thai or in English.
  • Nomination period: January 1 through March 31, 2014.
  • Announcement of winning dissertation: June 30, 2014.

Documents Required for Application:

Nominations must be accompanied by four separate documents which, in the case of Thai-language programmes should be in Thai, and in the case of English-language international programmes should be in English.

  • Completed application form with a 3 cm x 4 cm size photograph with full contact information for the department and for the author of the dissertation;
  • Letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty and/or the chair of the department or institution;
  • Summary of the dissertation (not more than 2 pages);
  • One representative chapter of the dissertation;
  • Transcript of Academic Record of the last educational institution attended.

Application Procedures:

Applicants must submit the completed application form and relevant documents directly to the Scholarship committee by e-mail to hgf@tusita.org.

A five-person committee will select three dissertations to be read in their entirety by all committee members. The committee’s decision will be announced by June 30 of the following year.

The Scholarship committee will be selected by the Executive of HGF. It should be made of representatives of fields related to Thai art and culture, including art history, literature, and cultural studies, with the aim of achieving a balance of related disciplines. The committee members will hold the post for four years, with option of extension.

The members of the Scholarship committee (2013–2016) are as follows:

  • CHAIR Prof. ML Pattaratorn Chirapravati (California State University USA)
  • Dr. Chedha Tingsanchali (Silpakorn University, Bangkok)
  • Disapong Netlomwong (Fine Arts Department, Bangkok)
  • Dr. Arthid Sheravanichkul (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok)
  • Dr. Aphilak Kasempholkoon (Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom)

The recipient of the award will be invited to give a lecture based on his or her dissertation at an institution or site selected by the HGF.

If in a given year, none of the submissions are found to be outstanding, the award will not be given for that year. In exceptional cases, when two of the theses are truly outstanding, the committee may agree to share the award between two theses.

For more information, please contact: hgf@tusita.org.

(2) Henry Ginsburg Award for Outstanding MA Theses in the field of Thai Buddhist Art and Culture

The details are the same except that the prize will be 40,000 Baht.

Download 2014 Application Form