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Dalai Lama Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders 2020

Deadline : January 5, 2020

Dalai Lama Fellows 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 learn practices 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 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.

They seek to broaden and deepen emerging leaders’ perspectives on what’s best for both their communities and the world as a whole now and for generations to come, calling on them to think and behave differently, and to seek realistic, innovative, integrated, and expansive ways to address local and global challenges in interconnected manners.


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 Fellows will cover all travel, lodging, and meals for the assembly


  • 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 our 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)

*Candidates must be between 20-35 years old on Jan. 5, 2020. This is a firm age range, and due to the high volume of applications and the fellowship’s focus on next generation leaders, we are currently unable to make exceptions.


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

  • Applicant Background and Overview

  • Essay Questions

  • Your Resume/CV

  • One Letter of Recommendation

  • Application Video

To apply,  Click here

For more information, visit Dalai Lama Fellows

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