Dalai Lama Fellows

Social Innovation, Ethics & Contemplative Values

About Dalai Lama Fellows

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We are calling globally minded citizens who want to build a more harmonious, peaceful, and sustainable world. Join an international network of Fellows who are committed to social change rooted in secular ethics, contemplative values, and compassion. More than ever, our individual ability to thrive – indeed survive – is interwoven with the destinies of others, and in a new consciousness captured well in the Earth Charter. Moreover, new definitions of success and well-being are needed, with "being more" taking precedence over "doing and having more," particularly once basic needs have been met.

When the Dalai Lama authorized this program, he suggested that we work in the "hard places." This year, our program is seeking proposals for year-long compassion-in-action projects that will improve well-being 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.

This year we'd like to fund proposals that:

  • Facilitate a coalition or a yearlong series of conversations or classes
The Palestinian-Israeli Leadership Network
  • Conduct a community-based research project
The Barefoot Lawyer’s Project
  • Create an app or other technology-based intervention*
Project Not Alone, Sherman Project, Clickonate
  • Create a community-owned agrobiodiversity project
The Mountain Garden Initiative, Project PEAS
  • Explore the intersection of art and social change (visual/drama/books)
Snow Lion Story-Telling Initiative, Iwastology

We are seeking social innovators keen on using Dalai Lama Fellows as a platform for deepening their inner clarity in response to outer complexity via the key skills our curriculum advances, and for strengthening their networks globally in order to leverage their impact. Engaging with our curriculum over the course of one year involves completing monthly readings and reflections, as well as exercises drawn from a variety of disciplines.

As a Fellow, you:

  • Design and launch a project to address a significant challenge in your community;
  • Travel 2x to the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA) near San Francisco to connect with Fellows from around the world and to deepen your leadership capacity;
  • Participate in a distinctive, year-long curriculum with ongoing, personalized coaching.

Learn more about Fellowship journey on our website.

To apply: http://www.dalailamafellows.org/program/apply/


  • Full-time enrollment at one of our partner institutions when applying & during the Fellowship year;
  • Ability to attend the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA) in the San Francisco Bay Area from June 18 – 25, 2014 and again in June 2015;

  • Availability 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 the project, the year-long Ethical Leadership curriculum, and the Dalai Lama Fellows community.

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.