Dalai Lama Fellowship 2023 for young social innovators (Fully Funded to the United States)

Dalai Lama Fellowship 2023

Application is now open for the Dalai Lama Fellowship. The Dalai Lama Fellowship offers emerging social innovators a rigorous, interdisciplinary, and deeply contemplative program to reimagine leadership as involving self-awareness, personal sustainability, genuine compassion for others, and the capacity to skillfully navigate complex systems at multiple levels.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to fulfill the minimum requirements, through the application, candidates must demonstrate:

  • Age requirements: 20-35 years old as of July 1, 2023
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Current engagement with or well-articulated plans for a social change project and sustained engagement with the project throughout the fellowship year (NOTE: due to the difficulty of launching a social innovation project from scratch, we give preference to applicants who have ongoing projects, but each year we have selected Fellows who have a concrete vision for a project and plans to launch during the fellowship year, given they have the adequate expertise, resources, and community connections at the time of applying)
  • In-depth knowledge of the community and the issue that the project is seeking to address, preferably with at least one year of previous experience working with the community
  • Interest in learning and engaging in contemplative practices throughout the year
  • Commitment to participating in all dimensions of the program (online learning platform, 1-on-1 coaching calls, group learning calls, etc.)


The application for Dalai Lama Fellows consists of five main parts:

  • Applicant background and overview
  • Short essay questions
  • Video submission
  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of recommendation


  1. Apply for the YoungEd Africa Fellowship 2023
  2. Young Entrepreneurs Challenge Europe 2023 (worth £10,000)
  3. United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Challenge 2023 (up to $100,000)

Application deadline

December 1st, 2022

Application Process

To apply for the 2023 Dalai Lama Fellowship program, click the link below:

Apply here

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the Dalai Lama Fellowship 2023

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