Type: Fellowship

Location: The U.S.

Value: See Fellowship Page

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022.


About the Fellowship

We are seeking 15 young social innovators from around the world for the 2023 Dalai Lama Fellows program. The application period is from October 19, 2022 to December 1, 2022.

Key Dates:

  • October 19, 2022: Application opens

  • December 1, 2022: Application deadline (applications and all accompanying materials must be submitted by 22:00 Coordinated Universal Time)

  • February-March 2022: Fellows are selected and notified

  • March-June, 2022: Virtual onboarding of new Fellows

  • Late July/Early August 2022: 5-day Contemplative Leadership Assembly in United States

  • July 2023-June 2024: Formal fellowship year (online curriculum, coaching calls, group learning calls, project implementation in local communities)

  • July 2024 and beyond: Fellows complete program and enter LifeLong Fellows global leadership and learning community


Eligibility Requirements

In order to fulfill the minimum requirements, through the application a candidate must demonstrate:

  • Age requirements: 20-35 years old as of July 1, 2023

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

  • Current engagement with or well-articulated plans for a social change project and sustained engagement with the project throughout the fellowship year (NOTE: due to the difficulty of launching a social innovation project from scratch, we give preference to applicants who have ongoing projects, but each year we have selected Fellows who have a concrete vision for a project and plans to launch during the fellowship year, given they have the adequate expertise, resources, and community connections at the time of applying)

  • 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

  • Interest in learning and engaging in contemplative practices throughout the year

  • Commitment to participating in all dimensions of the program (online learning platform, 1-on-1 coaching calls, group learning calls, etc.)

    • We estimate full participation in the fellowship requires about 12 hours per month, not including Fellows’ work on their projects

  • Attendance at the Contemplative Leadership Assembly in late July 2023 (DLF will cover all costs for travel, lodging, and meals for the Assembly)

Application Summary

The application for Dalai Lama Fellows consists of five main parts:

  • Applicant background and overview

  • Short essay questions

  • Video submission

  • Resume/CV

  • Letter of recommendation

If you applied for the 2022 fellowship, you can log in to the application portal with the same credentials
If you experience technical problems with the application (such as trouble submitting materials or the website not displaying properly), please use the ‘Request Support’ function on the application portal’s menu tab



If you have questions about the application or fellowship, please carefully read the FAQ page below first. If the answer to your question is not provided there, you may email us at [email protected].




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