• Four years of funding for a lectureship in Buddhist
Studies. This position was initially occupied by Dr Mark Allon (Lecturer in South Asian Buddhist Studies, September 2006 to July 2008) and is currently held by Dr Andrew McGarrity (Lecturer in South Asian and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, February 2009 to 2011) (see http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/indian/staff/index.shtml).
• Beginning in 2008, a three year Pali Prize to the amount of $1000 per year, which is awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Lecturer in Pali, to the most proficient student in first year Pali (see http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/indian/undergrad/prizes.shtml).
The 2008 recipients were Ariya Chittasy and Daranee Nuntivanich.
• $2000 in 2008 to improve the Buddhist Studies holdings in Fisher library, University of Sydney.
• $30,000 to fund the teaching of second year Pali ($10,000 per year for three years, starting 2009).
• $768,000 for a Visiting Professorship of Buddhist Studies which will bring notable international scholars to Sydney in order to expose students and academics to current trends in research and in order to raise the profile of Buddhist Studies in Australia. The inaugural distinguished visiting scholar in 2009 was Professor Peter Skilling,
Maître de Conférences, École française d’Extrême-Orient (see http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/indian/staff/profiles/skilling.shtml).