“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.
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
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.
The application for Dalai Lama Fellows consists of six major parts:
Applicant Background and Overview