The Fellowship was founded in 2010, with the authorization and support of the 14th Dalai Lama (Read the Dalai Lama’s Authorization Letter), as an independent, secular and ecumenical organization. We pioneered the integration of contemplative practices and universal values within programs for leadership and social change.

The Fellowship program has now grown to more than 152 individuals across 40 nationalities, constituting an active global leadership network that serves as a continuing resource for human flourishing within next generation leadership.

A strategic partnership in September of 2018 brought the Fellowship to the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia to ensure our long-term sustainability and maximize our impact and reach. The Contemplative Science Center's mission is to explore contemplative practices, values, ideas, and institutions historically and in contemporary times to better understand their diverse impacts, underlying mechanisms, and dynamic processes through analytical research and scholarship, as well as to help develop new applications and learning programs for their integration into varied sectors of our society. With UVA’s vast network across the university, and through that, across the nation and world, that we can draw upon to support you in various ways. These include faculty, student, staff, and alumni.

We are pleased to announce that Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF) has become a program of the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) located in Charlottesville, Virginia. CSC is a leader in the field of human flourishing and contemplation thought and research. CSC has been an important partner of DLF for the last four years including serving as host of the most recent annual Ethical Leadership Assembly in June 2018.