2018 Dalai Lama Fellows Application: Ashesi University


“The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.” ~Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Fellows, founded in 2010 with the authorization and involvement of the 14th Dalai Lama, is reimagining leadership by cultivating and supporting a global movement of next generation leaders applying universal values to solve global challenges.  The program is independent, secular and ecumenical.

We award year-long Fellowships to next generation leaders that are working on social change projects in local communities to address one or more of the following areas: mitigating economic disparity, diminishing violence, gender inequity, improving cross-cultural and interreligious cooperation, and enhancing environmental sustainability.

We provide each Project Fellow with:

  • Immersion in our distinctive yearlong Head, Heart, Hands leadership curriculum;
  • One-on-one coaching to support their projects in social change; and
  • LifeLong affiliation in our global learning community and support system.

Key Dates:

January 31, 2018: All applications due

April 15-30, 2018: All Fellows are selected and notified

May 1 2018-Virtual Onboarding of Fellows

June/July 2018 (TBD): 5 Day Global Assembly in United States

July 2018- May 2019: Head, Heart, Hands curriculum, Monthly coaching calls, Learning groups, Project implementation in local communities

June 2019 and beyond: Fellows graduate into LifeLong Fellows global leadership and learning community

Key Requirements:

In order to fulfill the minimum requirements, a candidate must demonstrate through the application:

(1) Next generation leader who is between 20-35 years of age;

(2) Experience or interest in learning and practicing contemplative practices throughout the year;

(3) In-depth knowledge of the community and the issue that the proposed project is seeking to work in and address, preferably with more than one year of previous experience working with the community; 

(4) Commitment to participating in our online learning platform, which hosts our year-long curriculum;

(5) How you will help to shift the narrative on leadership and social change through journalism, the arts, photography, filmmaking, or other media avenues that complement your social innovation project. 

Application Summary:

The application for Dalai Lama Fellows consists of six major parts:

 Your Resume/CV

 Applicant Background and Overview

 One reference

 Essay Questions

 Application Video



The DLF Fellowship experience is an immersive, year-long commitment that mentors each Fellow through a leadership curriculum inspired by exemplary leaders like the Dalai Lama.  This curriculum will help you to become more mindful,  aware of your inner values and how they relate to your work, and deeply connect with people around you, and provide new ways of building long-standing solutions.”

This year we are inviting interested applicants to participate in an honest self-reflection process that offers an opportunity not only to apply to our program but also to reflect on personal values and goals.  

Be Authentic: As you reflect on and respond to these questions, remember not to tell us what you think we want to hear. Be authentic with yourself and share that authenticity with our 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 us 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: We recommend that you look at the entire application form first 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 broken connection or some other error.

Questions can be directed to Rukmani Kapoor, Program Coordinator, Dalai Lama Fellows at rkapoor@dalailamafellows.org. 


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