Dalai Lama Fellowship Programme 2020 for Emerging Leaders [Fully Funded]


Applications are invited from next-generation leaders (individuals between 20-35 years of age) for the 2019 Dalai Lama Fellowship Programme. The deadline for submission of applications is 5th January, 2020.

Dalai Lama Fellowship Programme

Dalai Lama Fellows, founded in 2010 with the inspiration and encouragement of the 14th Dalai Lama, is reimagining leadership by cultivating and supporting a global movement of next generation leaders applying universal values and local understanding to solve global challenges at the communal level.  The program is secular and ecumenical.



The Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF) experience is an immersive, year-long commitment that mentors each Fellow through a leadership curriculum inspired by exemplary leaders like the Dalai Lama.

The Fellowship offers emerging leaders a rigorous, interdisciplinary program on ways to be a different kind of leader, a leader that connects and cares for self, extends genuine compassion to others, and works for our common humanity. Fellows cultivate practices in mind training for increasing self-awareness, self-care and resilience, for connecting with others and working across differences, and in building solutions for generations to come.

Over the course of a year, with the support of mentors and coaches, each Fellow designs and implements an original Field Project addressing a global challenge.  Upon graduation, Fellows join a LifeLong Community, where they connect with and support each other while continuing to advance their leadership journeys.

Dalai Lama Fellowship Eligibility.

  • Be a next generation leader who is between 20-35 years old
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience or interest in learning and practicing contemplative practices throughout the year
  • Current engagement (or well-articulated plans) for a social change project in one’s local community and sustained engagement throughout the fellowship year
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of the community and the issue that the project is seeking to address, preferably with at least one year of previous experience working with the community
  • Commitment to participate in the online learning platform, coaching calls, etc.
  • Attendance at the Contemplative Leadership Assembly in mid-June 2020 (Dalai Lama Fellows will cover all travel, lodging, and meals for the assembly).

Dalai Lama Fellowship Benefits.

They provide each Project Fellow with:

  • Immersion in the distinctive yearlong Head, Heart, Hands online leadership curriculum;
  • One-on-one and small-group coaching to support their projects in social change and personal development as contemplative and collaborative leaders;
  • Participation in the Contemplative Leadership Assembly with Fellows from around the world and dynamic faculty; and
  • LifeLong affiliation in the global learning community and support system.

Dalai Lama Fellowship Key Dates.

  • November 4, 2019: Application released
  • January 5, 2020: Application due (11:59pm Eastern Time)
  • March 2020 (date TBD): Fellows are selected and notified
  • April-May, 2019: Virtual on-boarding of new Fellows
  • June 2020 (date TBD): 5-day Contemplative Leadership Assembly in United States
  • July 2020-May 2021: Head, Heart, Hands curriculum, monthly coaching calls, small group learning calls, project implementation in local communities
  • June 2021 and beyond: Fellows complete program and enter LifeLong Fellows global leadership and learning community

How to Apply for Dalai Lama Fellowship.

Applications consist of:

  1. Your Resume/CV
  2. Applicant Background and Overview
  3. One reference
  4. Essay Questions
  5. Application Video

Apply Here Official Link

Tips for Successful Application

  • Be Authentic: As you reflect on and respond to application questions, they encourage you to avoid telling them just what you think they want to hear. Be authentic with yourself and share that authenticity with their team.
  • Be Courageous: This application is an opportunity to reflect on how you can grow as a leader. Be courageously bold, imagine the kind of leader you can become, and tell the organizers about it.
  • Be Thoughtful: Take time to respond to each question. Save drafts. Share reflections with trusted friends and colleagues. The most successful applications are not only well written but demonstrate thoughtfulness and introspection.
  • Save an Offline Copy: They recommend that you first review the entire application form and then spend time offline composing your responses in Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Be sure to save an offline copy in case of a technological error or broken connection.


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