Dalai Lama Fellows at UMN

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. Propose a year-long Compassion-in-Action project - a project that addresses a need or challenge in your community - and join an international network of Fellows who are committed to social change rooted in secular ethics, contemplative values, and compassion.

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.

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/DLF2014UMN. (Deadline: Friday, February 28 @ 11:59 pm CST)


  • Enrollment as a full-time student at University of Minnesota at the time of application and during the Fellowship year;

  • Ability to attend the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA) 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;

  • 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.

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Pamela Cherry, University of Minnesota Campus Champion


Leslie Root, Program Associate


Christian Simamora, Program Director


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