The Dallan and Karen Leong Clancy Fund

The Dallan and Karen Leong Clancy Fund supports graduate students in all academic fields with a concentration in Silk Road studies, who demonstrate high academic distinction. Research should be in keeping with the mission of the Tang Center to advance study of the historical overland and maritime exchange networks commonly referred to as the Silk Roads.  The Fund shall be used to support stipends, travel, or other expenses related to the graduate students’ research in Silk Road studies.

About the Dallan and Karen Leong Clancy Fund

The Dallan and Karen Leong Clancy Fund in Silk Road studies was established with a gift from Dallan and Karen Leong Clancy.

Mr. Clancy is a Berkeley alumnus in engineering; Ms. Clancy, also a Berkeley alumna, is Past President of the Cal Alumni Association and UC Regent Emerita.

Current Recipient

Zach Beer: 2022 - 2023

Zack Beer received a BA in Religious Studies from Stanford and an MA from Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently a PhD candidate in the Group in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley, his interest in Silk Road studies was cemented by a trip he took to Dunhuang with a Berkeley team in 2018. He is completing a dissertation focusing on secrecy rhetoric in tantric Buddhism at the interface between India and Tibet, incorporating evidence from the Tibetan collections found in the Dunhuang Library Cave.