Charles Wei-hsun Fu Endowed Scholarship in Chinese and Asian Philosophy

The FU FOUNDATION, a tax-exempt foundation, was organized in 1997 in loving memory of the life and work of CHARLES WEI-HSUN FU (1933-1996), scholar and teacher extraordinaire. A native of Taiwan, Dr. Fu graduated from Taiwan University with a degree in Philosophy, where he taught for several years. Later he continued his studies at U.C. Berkeley, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Illinois, completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy. After 25 years at Temple University, he took early retirement to serve as a founding faculty member of the Fo Guang University in Taiwan, directing the Institute of Life and Death Studies. His untimely death occurred at the peak of his professional career. As his legacy he left numerous publications in Chinese and English, from scholarly tomes to popular essays. He is perhaps best known for his ground-breaking Chinese works: The Life of Learning and the Learning of Life: My Philosophical Development (1994) and Dignified Death and Dignified Life: From Thanatological Psychiatry to the Post-Traditional Learning of Life and Death (1993). Dr. Fu was instrumental in bringing the work of other authors to the reading public through his nine series of Chinese and English language books, ranging from Asian thought and culture to modern Buddhism, current global trends, and life-and-death studies. Following the path blazed by Dr. Fu, the Foundation seeks to support the comparative and intercultural study of philosophy, as well as bold new interpretations of Asian philosophies, including Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism.

To apply for this scholarship, submit a General Application.

If you do not meet all of these requirements in a given term, you may lose your scholarship eligibility and your scholarship may be canceled.


  • Recipients must be matriculated SDSU students pursuing studies focusing on Chinese Philosophy or Asian Philosophy
  • Undergraduate students are not required to be enrolled full-time.
  • Graduate students are not required to be enrolled full-time.

To be determined by the scholarship committee.