Dalai Lama Fellowship 2016 for Students Worldwide ($6,000 grants and more)

Deadline: Varies

Applications are open for the 2016 Dalai Lama Fellowship. Dalai Lama Fellowship is an ethical leadership and social change initiative that is driven to build a world that works for all. They do this by guiding a global network of young social innovators to deepen their effectiveness by integrating secular ethics, contemplative values and compassion.

Dalai Lama Fellows awards highly competitive, yearlong Fellowships with a project grant of up to $6,000 to students at select universities and colleges worldwide. Fellows design and launch ambitious, mentored Compassion-in-Action projects in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Enhancing understanding and cooperation across peoples and cultures;
  2. Diminishing violence and promoting peace;
  3. Helping to alleviate poverty through creative initiatives; and,
  4. Protecting the environment.

Beyond funding, the Dalai Lama Fellowship guides young people toward personal and social transformation through an ethical leadership curriculum and personalized coaching that supports the Fellow in personal development and project success.

Grants and fellowship benefits

  • The fellowship provides project grant of up to $6,000.
    • This may be used for all project-related expenses and for travel expenses to the Ethical Leadership Assembly (July 1 – 8, 2016 and again in July 2017). While the grant cannot be used as personal income, students may be allowed to use part of the $6,000 as a stipend, after consultation with the program office, if Fellowship participation precludes a student from necessary part-time employment.
  • Travel expenses to the ELA for international Fellows will be paid for by Dalai Lama Fellows and is separate from the project grant.


Dalai Lama Fellows works with select partner colleges and universities. Currently, only students from our partner schools are eligible to apply.

  • North America
    • McGill University
    • New York University
    • Oberlin College
    • Princeton University
    • Spelman College
    • Morehouse College
    • Stanford University
    • University of California, Irvine
    • University of Virginia
    • Peralta Community College District
  • Africa/Middle East
    • Ashesi University, Ghana
    • American University, Cairo
    • NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Europe
    • Koc University, Turkey
  • Asia
    • Tata Institute of Social Studies, India
  • At-Large Partners
    • World Merit
    • African Leadership Academy
    • Global Citizen Year


To be eligible to apply, a candidate must be:

  • Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate, as well as graduate and professional, students at a partner school at the time of applying and intend to be enrolled and on campus during their Fellowship year are eligible to apply.

  • Able to attend the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA) in the San Francisco Bay Area from July 1-8, 2016 and again in 2017;

  • Available to engage with the Tilling the Soil curriculum and refine the proposed compassion-in-action project beginning April 1st, both through self-guided learning and conversations with Dalai Lama Fellows Program Directors;

  • Prepared to dedicate sufficient time and energy to both the project, the year-long Ethical Leadership curriculum, and the Dalai Lama Fellows community.

How to Apply

Application links for the 2016 Fellowship are currently available here. You will find partner-specific application links and deadlines.

Contact Bela Shah, Director of Fellows Selection, at bshah@dalailamafellows.org with questions.



For more infromation, visit the Dalai Lama Fellowship and FAQs