Call for Nominations (2020)

Aming Tu Prize 2020 – Call for Nominations

The Aming Tu Prize awarded by the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) is named in honour of Professor Aming Tu (1952-2016), who was one of the founding members of the Buddhist Studies Internet Database (now the Digital Library and Museum of Buddhist Studies, DLMBS hosted at National Taiwan University), the vice director of the Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association (CBETA), the Digital Database of Buddhist Tripitaka Catalogues, and a host of other projects. His life-long aim was to make the rich heritage of Chinese Buddhism available in the digital realm.

The Aming Tu Prize is given in recognition of an outstanding, creative contribution to Digital Buddhist Studies by one or more scholars at any stage in their career. It may also be given to a collaborative project as a whole. The contribution must involve innovative use of information technology and ideally should combine published, peer-reviewed research with the development of research-related tools or resources. It is hoped that this Prize will not only recognize excellent work already completed, but also encourage new projects and fresh approaches. The award will be bestowed every three years.

The award will consist of prize money of US$5,000 and a round-trip Economy Class flight ticket. Awardees will be asked to give a presentation at the award ceremony.

The call for prize nominations is now open and the scholarly community is encouraged to nominate prospective candidates. The nomination form should be completed for each candidate, indicating basic information about the candidate and their project. Self-nominations are accepted. Members of the community can also contact members of the Prize Committee to facilitate nominations.

Along with contact information, nominees will be asked to submit a 500-1,500 word summary describing the project/initiative. This summary should reflect the objective of the Prize and the criteria as outlined below. (See Eligibility and Criteria below.)


  • Individuals or collaborative projects are eligible to apply.
  • The project under review should point to external documentation or have a web presence.
  • The project should not be a commercial product or service.


The award will be given based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative contribution to the field of Buddhist Studies;
  • New applications or research methods for Buddhist Studies;
  • New resources for research in Buddhist Studies;
  • New insights or findings, supported by Digital Humanities methods.

The nominations will be open until March 31 2020. Nominees for the Aming Tu Prize will be contacted by members of the Prize Committee within 4 weeks after the nomination due date.

For more information please consult: Aming Tu Prize