The purpose of the scholarship is to further the human capital development of the Tibetan people by providing scholarships to exceptional students of Tibetan descent for the pursuit of graduate studies in a field of their choice. The Foundation offers scholarships with the intent to alleviate the cost of graduate education with the awareness that the scholarship awards cannot cover the full tuition for any student. The Foundation provides the scholarships on behalf of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama who has designated and endowed the Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama as a proper vehicle to assist humanity and education.