Dalai Lama Fellows: World Merit

Social Innovation, Ethics & Contemplative Values

A Micro-Documentary Video on Dalai Lama Fellows

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We are calling globally-minded citizens who want to build a more harmonious, peaceful, and sustainable world. We are partnering with World Merit to identify young leaders with great new ideas for social change. As a participant of World Merit's Fellowship program, you are qualified to apply for the 2015 Dalai Lama Fellowship.

Propose a year-long Compassion-in-Action project - a project that addresses one or more of the five Global Challenges in your community:



Gender inequities,

Cross-cultural antagonisms and

Environmental devastation.

Join an international network of Fellows who are committed to social change rooted in secular ethics, contemplative values, and compassion. This year, our program is seeking proposals for projects that will address these challenges while working across differences 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 significant challenge in your community;
  • Travel to the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA) in June near San Francisco, to connect with Fellows from around the world and to deepen your leadership capacity;
  • Receive up to $10,000 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 Fellowship journey on our website.

To apply: http://bit.ly/DLFApp2015 (Deadline: February 15th, 2015, Early Applications Encouraged)


  • Age 18-35;
  • Participant of the World Merit Fellowship;
  • 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 15th, 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.