Dalai Lama Fellows: Koc University

Social Innovation, Ethics & Contemplative Values

A Micro-Documentary Video on Dalai Lama Fellows

Start Your Journey

We are calling globally-minded citizens who want to build a more harmonious, peaceful, and sustainable world. This year, we are partnering with Koc University to identify young leaders with great new ideas for social change.

If you are a full-time student at Koc University, we'd like you to join us! Propose a year-long Compassion-in-Action project that addresses one or more of the five Global Challenges in your community:

  • Poverty
  • Violence
  • Gender Inequity
  • Environmental Devastation, and
  • Cross-cultural antagonisms

Join an international network of Fellows who are committed to social change rooted in secular ethics, contemplative values, and compassion. Our program seeks proposals for projects that will address these challenges while working at the intersection of justice, peace, and ecology.

We are interested in supporting efforts that will strengthen unlikely alliances and improve well-being in locations where economic impoverishment, violence and/or discord, and ecological degradation intersect. Ideal projects will have layers that respond to each of these intersecting challenges.

As a Fellow, you:

  • Design and launch a project to address a global challenge in your community;
  • Travel to the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA) in June 2015 near San Francisco, to connect with Fellows from around the world and to deepen your leadership capacity;
  • Receive up to $5,000 in funding for your project and travel to the ELA; and,
  • Participate in a distinctive, year-long curriculum with ongoing, personalized coaching.

Learn more about the Fellowship journey on our website.

To apply: http://bit.ly/DLFApp2015 (Deadline: February 22, 2015 @ 11:59 pm EET)


  • Enrollment as a full-time student at Koc University during the Fellowship year;
  • Ability to attend the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA) from June 11-18, 2015 and again in June 2016;

  • Availability to engage with the curriculum and refine the proposed project beginning March 1st, both through self-guided learning and conversations with Dalai Lama Fellows Program Directors;

  • Commitment to dedicating sufficient time and energy to the proposed project, the year-long Ethical Leadership curriculum, and the Dalai Lama Fellows community.

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About Us

Dalai Lama Fellows, a distinctive, secular global program personally authorized by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, envisions and works towards a world that tends to the good of the whole as well as of the individual. We do this by guiding a global network of young social entrepreneurs to deepen their effectiveness by merging innovation with secular ethics, contemplative values, and compassion.

Connect With Us

Mert Cetinkaya, Office of International Programs, Koc University


Bela Shah, Program Officer


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