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Application Process

To apply, you must either be:

  • an enrolled student at a partner university or college, or,
  • a member of one of our at-large partners.

Below, you will find partner-specific application links and deadlines. Good luck!

University/College Partners

Ashesi University College, Ghana
http://bit.ly/DLFAshesi2016| Deadline: February 12, 2016 @ 11:59 pm GMT

McGill University, Canada
http://bit.ly/DLFMcGill2016| Deadline: January 22, 2016 @ 11:59 pm EST

New York University, United States
http://bit.ly/DLFNYU2016 | Deadline: February 1, 2016 @ 11:59 pm EST

Oberlin College, United States
http://bit.ly/DLFOberlin2016 | Deadline: January 6, 2016 @ 11:59 pm EST

Princeton University, United States
http://bit.ly/DLFPrinceton2016| Deadline: February 5, 2016 @11:59 pm EST

Spelman College, United States
http://bit.ly/DLFSpelman2016| Deadline: December 1, 2015 @ 11:59 pm EST

Morehouse College, United States
http://bit.ly/DLFMorehouse2016: December 15, 2015 @ 11:59 pm EST

Stanford University, United States
http://bit.ly/DLFStanford2016 | Deadline: February 29, 2016 @ 11:59 pm PST

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
http://bit.ly/DLFTISS2016 | Deadline: November 30, 2015 @ 11:59 pm IST

University of California – Irvine, United States
http://www.vcsa.uci.edu/DalaiLamaScholarship/ | Deadline: January 31, 2016 @ 11:59 pm PST

Koc University, Turkey
http://bit.ly/DLFKoc2016| Deadline: February 8, 2016 @ 11:59 pm  EET 

Bogazici University, Turkey
http://bit.ly/DLFBogazici2016| Deadline: February 8, 2016 @ 11:59 pm  EET 

NYU Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
http://bit.ly/DLFNYUAD2016| Deadline: February 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm GST

Peralta School District
http://bit.ly/DLFPeralta2016 | Deadline: March 11, 2016 @ 11:59 pm PST

University of Virginia
http://bit.ly/DLFUVA2016| Deadline: February 12, 2016 @ 11:59 pm EST

The American University in Cairo, Egypt
http://bit.ly/DLFAUC2016| Deadline: 

Nalanda University, Bihar, India
http://bit.ly/DLFNalanda2016| Deadline: February 22, 2016 @11:59 pm IST

EARTH University, San Jose, Costa Rica
http://bit.ly/DLFEARTH2016| Deadline: February 22, 2016 @ 11:59 pm PST

At-Large Partners

African Leadership Academy
http://bit.ly/DLFALA2016 | Deadline: February 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm EST
(To be eligible, you must be an alum of African Leadership Academy, enrolled as a student, but not enrolled at a current Dalai Lama Fellows university or college partner.)

Global Citizen Year
http://bit.ly/DLFGCY2016 | Deadline: February 12, 2016 @ 11:59 pm EST
(To be eligible, you must be an alum of Global Citizen Year, enrolled as an undergraduate student, but not enrolled at a current Dalai Lama Fellows university/college partner or be an alum of African Leadership Academy or World Merit.)

World Merit
http://bit.ly/DLFWorldMerit2016| Deadline: February 19, 2016 @11:59 pm EST


The eligibility requirements vary according to each university or at-large partner.  Please select the relevant partner to learn if you meet the requirements.

Application Guidance

1) Are you ready to become a Dalai Lama Fellow?  The Dalai Lama Fellowship year is an intensive commitment; the information on this page will help acquaint you with our requirements and expectations of the Fellows.

2) What does the Ethical Leadership Curriculum consist of?  See our field manual as an example of our curriculum.

Reflections from Past Fellows


Please refer to our FAQs page here.

Further Questions?

Questions can be directed to Bela Shah, Director of Fellows Selection, at bshah@dalailamafellows.org.