Dalai Lama Fellowship 2018

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Deadline: 31st January 2018

Dalai Lama Fellows cultivates and supports a global movement of next-generation leaders applying universal values to solve global challenges.

The Fellowship 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 cultivate practices in mind training 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 designs and 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.

Benefits

  • They do not offer to fund projects. Based on what they have learned from six years of programming, they have gleaned that the most meaningful elements of our program for Fellows are our curriculum, our coaching, and our global community.
  • They encourage Fellows to search for and develop other creative sources of project funding and their program coach can serve as a guide in this area.
  • His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama has authorized Dalai Lama Fellows to award these Fellowships and grants in his name. While the Dalai Lama Trust funds a small percentage of the program, private donors fund the majority.

Selection Criteria

  1. All of our Fellows propose social change projects in their local communities that address one or more of five key areas (improving cross-cultural and interreligious cooperation, diminishing violence, increasing gender equity, mitigating economic disparity, and enhancing environmental sustainability).
  2. Fellows must show that they are deeply familiar with the community that they are proposing to work in and with and they also must have a well researched justification for the issue that they are choosing to work on.
  3. Unlike many other Fellowships, Dalai Lama Fellows is not just focused on social impact. Rather, our focus is on the individual and their inner transformation, and how they learn to lead differently. Therefore evaluating the strength of their project proposal is just as important as evaluating the applicant’s intention and commitment.

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