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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

  • Essay Questions

  • Your Resume/CV

  • One Letter of Recommendation

  • Application Video



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