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SOAS hosts two Newton International Fellowships

6 February 2014

SOAS, University of London is hosting two international scholars as part of the Newton International Fellowships scheme.

The Fellowships are part of a £29 million Government initiative, which are awarded jointly by the British Academy and the Royal Society to ensure the UK engages with the world’s most promising academics.

Dr Mari Miyamoto will join the SOAS South Asia Institute in March and will be mentored by Professor Michael Hutt, Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies. Her research focuses on ‘Democracy and religion in contemporary Bhutan’.

Dr Tasuma Padoan joined the Department of the Study of Religions in January and will be mentored by Dr Lucia Dolce, Numata Reader in Japanese Buddhism. His research focuses on ‘The Lucky Gods of Tokyo: Religious and Spatial Politics of a Contemporary Urban Pilgrimage’.

Pro-Director of Research and Enterprise Professor Richard Black said: "We are delighted to welcome both Dr Miyamoto and Dr Padoan to SOAS. The Newton International Fellowships offer a great opportunity for some of the brightest early career researchers in the world to develop and enhance their work through a period of work in the UK. We also hope that their Fellowships will lead to long-lasting connections, to the benefit of the wider SOAS community".

The Newton International Fellowships last two years.