Our Fellowship offers emerging leaders a rigorous, interdisciplinary program on ways to be a different kind of leader, a leader that connects and cares for self, extends genuine compassion to others, and works for our common humanity. Fellows cultivate practices in mind training for increasing self-awareness, self-care and resilience, for connecting with others and working across differences, and in building solutions for generations to come. Over the course of a year, with the support of mentors and coaches, each Fellow designs and implements an original Field Project addressing a global challenge. Upon graduation, Fellows join a LifeLong Community, where they connect with and support each other while continuing to advance their leadership journeys.
To date we have awarded 176 Fellowships.
Collaborating with experts from around the globe from Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama's translator and renowned author, to Marshall Ganz from the Harvard Kennedy School, over the last six years, we have created a distinctive, immersive leadership curriculum which builds a skill-set, complementary to the cognitive and commercial education that Fellows typically acquire in school. Our Head, Heart and Hands curriculum has three main components:
Head - Training the mind, exploring inner values, cultivating practices to enhance self awareness
Heart - Harnessing the intelligence of the heart, deepening compassion, practices for working across differences
Hands - Acting now, in community, to benefit the world, building unexpected relationships and leading with the mindset of interdependence
The 176 Dalai Lama Fellows hail from 40 countries and have implemented original Field Projects in 43 countries around the world. More than half of the Dalai Lama Fellows are women.
Fellows attend a week-long Contemplative Leadership Assembly, where they will have the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness practices and learn new perspectives on leadership and social change. By engaging in workshops and dialogues throughout the week and sharing stories and experiences from diverse cultural backgrounds, Fellows leave the Assembly with lifelong friendships and a reimagined sense of leadership in our global world.
The Dalai Lama Fellowship is not a one-year experience. It is a LifeLong commitment to becoming skilled in Reimagining Leadership and advancing the movement to build a world that works for all of us and for generations to come
"I needed to come into this Fellowship. I had no idea about seeing leadership in this way. Previously I did things according to how I felt, but not really using discernment. I was guided by my emotions and passion and not by my inner wisdom. The truth is, most millennials who are into social change like me are searching for the same thing. We are all seeking meaning and purpose of our lives and we desperately want to find it. Therefore, we never cease trying so many things hoping that through many trials we will get to see what it is that resonates with our passion and talents. However, I now understand that we must find balance in life, because without it, we end up doing many things ineffectively and so, we are neither making an impact nor discovering ourselves. My priorities now are to serve with the best of my soul and my commitment. I ask myself, "How is that state of being impacting the work that I'm committed to?" I have learned to identify whether my decision is based on my emotions or if it is coming from the point of wisdom, which is the prerequisite to succeed in leadership. I believe there is a sense of urgency that many young leaders should have this understanding as I do now”. Dejoie Sylvain , Ashesi University