Anyone familiar with modern Tibetan history knows his name.
Tsering Shakya was among the first five students to receive scholarships from Trace to study internationally in 1996. With Trace Foundation’s support, he obtained a PhD in Tibetan Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London—the first step in being able to teach at a university. In 1999, he published the definitive history of modern Tibet, Dragon in the Land of Snows, and he is now the Canadian Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia at the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia.
“I started my undergraduate in England and did my studies, and after that I went to work," he told us. "I couldn’t really get a scholarship to continue with my research so I was working in London local government. But in my heart I really wanted to do research. It was only much later that I had the opportunity and funding from Trace to go back to global and African Studies to continue my research. My scholarship from Trace allowed me to obtain my doctorate.”
We are proud to count Tsering Shakya among our very first scholarship recipients and to applaud him for the great work he’s done over the past fifteen years. We know he is just one of many success stories to come.
Each year, we support more than 500 individuals in every field—from business to teaching to history—by covering the costs of tuition and living expenses. With your tremendous contributions, we've raised $27,764 for our project since December 2012 ($24,264 through GlobalGiving and another $3,500 through other donations). With your continued support, we know we can transform not just education on the Tibetan Plateau from the ground up, but continue supporting historians and scholars like Tsering Shakya.
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