Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF) Program 2022 for Emerging Social Innovators: Apply by Feb 1

Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF) Program 2022 for Emerging Social Innovators.

About Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF) Program

They are seeking 20-25 young social innovators from around the world for the 2022 Dalai Lama Fellows program.

Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF) 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.

The Fellows learn practices for cultivating emotional intelligence, self-care, resilience, empathy, deep listening, and communication skills in order to foster systems for human and planetary flourishing for generations to come.

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Over the course of a year, with the support of mentors and coaches, each Fellow implements an original field project addressing a local challenge and learns how to interweave their own transformation with the transformation of the communities with which they are engaging.

Upon graduation, Fellows join a community of LifeLong Fellows, with whom they connect in mutually supportive ways while continuing to advance their leadership journeys.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Age requirements: 20-36 years old as of Feb 1, 2022 (we added a year of eligibility because we did not select Fellows in 2021; please do not inquire about exceptions to the age range, as this is a firm requirement)
  • 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.)
    • We estimate full participation in the fellowship requires about 12 hours per month, not including Fellows’ work on their projects
  • Attendance at the Contemplative Leadership Assembly in late July 2022 (DLF will cover all costs for travel, lodging, and meals for the Assembly)

Application Summary

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

How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF) Program through this link.

Important Dates

  • November 18, 2021: Application opens
  • February 1, 2022: Application deadline (11:59pm Eastern US Time)
  • April 2022: Fellows are selected and notified
  • April-June, 2022: Virtual onboarding of new Fellows
  • July 28 – Aug 1, 2022: 5-day Contemplative Leadership Assembly in United States
  • July 2022-June 2023: Formal fellowship year (online curriculum, coaching calls, group learning calls, project implementation in local communities)
  • July 2023 and beyond: Fellows complete program and enter LifeLong Fellows global leadership and learning community


Email: contemplativeleadership@virginia.edu

Click here to view the official notification for the Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF) Program 2022.

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