NYUAD: Become a Dalai Lama Fellow

Mindful, Compassionate, and Ethical Leaders

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2015 Dalai Lama Fellows at Ethical Leadership Assembly, Petaluma, California

Begin Your Journey in Mindful, Compassionate, and Ethical Leadership

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 that addresses one or more of the six Global Challenges:

  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Violence
  • Access to Education
  • Gender Inequities
  • Access to Health
  • Environmental Devastation

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 significant challenge in your community;
  • Travel to the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA), to be held in Petaluma, California on July 1-8, 2016 and again in 2017, to connect with Fellows from around the world and to deepen your leadership capacity;
  • Receive up to $5,000 in funding for your project in addition to funding for travel costs to attend the ELA; and,
  • Participate in a distinctive, year-long curriculum with ongoing, personalized coaching.

Learn more about the Fellowship journey by viewing our website.

To apply: http://bit.ly/DLFNYUAD2016 (Deadline: February 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm GST)

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  • Enrolled as a full-time student at NYU Abu Dhabi during the Fellowship year;

  • Students must be at their "home" campus during the fellowship year, at minimum one semester, but a full year is preferred;

  • Incoming freshmen and graduating seniors will not be eligible;

  • Able to attend the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA) from July 1-8, 2016 and again in July 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.

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

Doug Cutchins, Dalai Lama Fellows Campus Champion, NYU Abu Dhabi


Bela Shah, Director of Fellows Selection, Dalai Lama Fellows