Dalai Lama Fellows Programme for Young Leaders in USA 2020 (Fully-funded)
Deadline: Applications close on January 5, 2020
University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center invites applications for the Dalai Lama Fellows Programme in 2020. This fellowship cultivates and supports a global movement of next-generation leaders integrating contemplative work with social innovation to solve global challenges in locally adapted ways that promote human flourishing.
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.
November 4, 2019: Application released
January 5, 2020: Application due (11:59 pm Eastern Time)
March 2020 (date TBD): Fellows are selected and notified
April-May, 2019: Virtual onboarding 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
In order to fulfil the minimum requirements, a candidate must demonstrate the following through the application:
Be a next-generation leader who is between 20-35 years old*
Fluency in written and spoken English
Experience or interest in learning and practising 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
One Letter of Recommendation