University of Virginia: Inviting applications for ‘The Dalai Lama Fellowship’ to offer 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.

Funding brief: The 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.

Fellows address their most pressing global challenges
Improving cross-cultural and interreligious cooperation
Diminishing violence
Gender equality
Mitigating economic disparities
Enhancing environmental sustainability

A Global Leadership Curriculum
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

Criteria: When they evaluate our candidates, what we search for is a genuine intention to learn new practices and perspectives that will increase
(1) their self-awareness,
(2) their ability to connect to and have concern for others, even when there are differences, and
(3) their ability to recognize our interdependence by connecting with communities and people beyond their immediate project or local community.

All of our Fellows propose social change projects in their local communities that address one or more of six key areas (improving cross-cultural and interreligious cooperation, diminishing violence, increasing gender equity, mitigating economic disparity, improving public education, and enhancing environmental sustainability).

Fellows must show that they are deeply familiar with the community that they are proposing to work in and with and they also must have a well-researched justification for the issue that they are choosing to work on.

Unlike many other Fellowships, Dalai Lama Fellows is not just focused on social impact. Rather, our focus is on the individual and their inner transformation as intertwined with the transformations in the world which they seek to engender, and how they learn to lead differently. Therefore evaluating the applicant’s intention and commitment is just as important as the strength of their project proposal.

Donor Name: University of Virginia, Contemplative Sciences Center
Funding name: The Dalai Lama Fellowship

Deadline: February, 3rd, 2019

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Fellows attend a week-long Global 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.

Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N//A

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: This program is focused on next-generation leaders (individuals between 20-35 years of age) who are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate schools at the time of applying and who intend to be enrolled and on campus during their Fellowship year.  They also accept applications from individuals whom are no longer enrolled in school but that fall in this age range and whom are committed to work in social change.

Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
FAQ: Click to view

How to apply: They will hold virtual sessions every month to answer any questions prospective applicants may have. We invite all interested candidates to RSVP to one of these virtual sessions.
Session 1 – December 11, 2018, 7:30 am – 8:30 am PST. Please RSVP here.
Session 2 – December 18, 2018, 7:30 am – 8:30 am PST. Please RSVP here.

The application process consist of-
Your Resume/CV
Applicant Background and Overview
One reference
Essay Questions
Application Video

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