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The Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship 2022/23

The Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama is pleased to announce ‘The Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship’ for the academic year 2022/23. The scholarship program is open for all full-time Tibetan graduate students (Masters and Doctoral degrees) studying in Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia (excluding the Indian subcontinent). The online application portal is open and will close on April 24, 2022 at 11:59 pm (Zurich: GMT+1). Applications are only accepted online.

The Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama was established by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 2015 and aims to promote the values to which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is committed, i.e. the promotion of universal human values, religious harmony, Tibetan culture and ecology, and the revival of ancient Indian knowledge. Furthermore, the advancement and welfare of the Tibetan people but also other people in need, irrespective of nationality, religion and origin is an important purpose of the foundation.

The DLG Scholarship aims to enrich and embolden Tibetan Human Capital and encourage students of Tibetan origin in a graduate field of study with potential to contribute to the welfare and benefit of the Tibetan people and the global human family. Since inception, approximately USD 2.5 million have been awarded to over 200 Tibetan students as supplementary bursary. Recipients of past scholarships have enrolled in prestigious universities across the globe pursuing a wide range of subjects such as Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Medical Physics, Environmental Engineering, Developmental Economics, Law, International Education, Clinical Psychology, Business Administration, Computer Science, International Affairs and many others.

Applicants must provide official documentation of their acceptance into a graduate degree program at a university or professional school in Europe, the Americas, Australia or Asia (excluding the Indian subcontinent). They also need to provide proof of their Tibetan heritage.

Current recipients who wish to renew their scholarships are required to submit a separate renewal application. However, scholarship renewals are limited to two years per study program and therefore, students who have received two renewals for their current study program are not eligible for further scholarship renewal.

All information provided in the application must be complete, correct and submitted on time. Incomplete applications, as well as submissions after the deadline, will not qualify for consideration. Successful applicants will be communicated individually on 7 July 2022.

All applications will be acknowledged by email. The applications are evaluated by the independent Selection Committee of the Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship program.

Zurich, 5 March 2022


The Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship 2021

Zurich, 7 July 2021: The Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama announced the recipients of the 2021 Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship program today.

The awardees of the 2021 scholarship include 40 Tibetan graduate scholars, studying at prestigious Universities in North America, Europe and Asia – Academia Sinica – Taiwan, Columbia University, Harvard University, McGill University – Canada, New York University, Stanford University, University of California, University of Oxford and the University of South Bohemia – Czech Republic.

The areas of specialization of these MA and Ph.D students include Applied Mathematics, Cognitive Neuroscience, Environmental Science and Policy, Law, Medicine and Energy and Environmental studies and Hydrobiology among others.

The Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship Program started in 2011 and since then, approximately US$ 2.3 million have been awarded to around 200 Tibetan students. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in their chosen field and who require financial help towards their tuition.

The Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama provides these scholarships, on behalf of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, to contribute toward the benefit and betterment of humanity. The scholarship intends to support the development of human capital of the Tibetan people.


Scholarship Application open for Academic Year 2021/22

Zurich, 5 March 2021 – The Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama (GPFDL) is pleased to announce a tenth round of “The Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship” (DLG Scholarship) for the upcoming academic year 2021/22. The program, established in 2011, grants scholarships for full-time Tibetan graduate students studying in Australia, Europe and the Americas in pursuit of Master’s and Doctoral degrees. A scholarship grant of up to USD 10,000 will be awarded to 10 to 18 exceptional candidates as a supplementary bursary.

The DLG Scholarship aims to encourage Tibetan students in a graduate field of study with relevance and potential to contribute to the welfare of the Tibetan people and humanity.

The Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama was established by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 2015 and aims to promote the values to which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is committed, i.e. the promotion of universal human values, religious harmony, Tibetan culture and ecology, and the revival of ancient Indian knowledge. Furthermore, the advancement and welfare of the Tibetan people but also other people in need, irrespective of nationality, religion and origin is an important purpose of GPFDL.

Since the start of the program, approximately USD 2 million have been awarded to around 170 Tibetan students. Recipients of past scholarships have enrolled in American, Australian, British, Canadian, French, German, Irish and Polish universities pursuing PhD studies in Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Medical Physics, Environmental Engineering, Developmental Economics, Law, and Comparative & International Education and graduate programs specializing in Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Business Administration, Computer Science, International Affairs, Nano Electronic Systems, and Technology & Economics and many others.

Applicants must provide official documentation of their acceptance into a graduate degree program at a university or professional school in Australia, Europe or the Americas. They also need to provide proof of their Tibetan heritage. Current recipients who wish to renew their scholarships are required to submit a separate renewal application. However, renewals are limited to two years.

The complete application form, along with all required documents must be submitted online before Friday, April 23, 2021 (11:59 PM Zurich: GMT+1) via www.dalailamafoundation.org. All information provided in the application must be complete, correct and submitted by time. Incomplete applications, as well as submissions after the deadline, will not qualify for grant consideration.

All applications will be acknowledged by email. The applications are evaluated by the independent Selection Committee of the Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship program. Selected applicants will be contacted for a Skype or phone interview. The final decisions will be communicated individually latest by 7 July 2021.


Scholarship Application open for Academic Year 2020/21

Zurich, 20 March 2020 – The Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama (GPFDL) is pleased to announce a ninth round of “The Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship” (DLG Scholarship) for the upcoming academic year 2020/21. The program, established in 2011, grants every year scholarships for full-time Tibetan graduate students studying in Australia, Europe and the Americas for the pursuit of Master’s and Doctoral degrees. A scholarship grant of up to USD 10,000 will be awarded to 10 to 18 exceptional candidates as a supplementary bursary.

The DLG Scholarship aims to encourage Tibetan students in a graduate field of study relevant to the times, which has the potential to contribute to the welfare of humanity and the Tibetan people.

The Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama was established by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 2015 and aims to promote the values to which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is committed, i.e. the promotion of universal human values, religious harmony, Tibetan culture and ecology, and the revival of ancient Indian knowledge. Furthermore, the advancement and welfare of the Tibetan people but also other people in need, irrespective of nationality, religion and origin is an important purpose of GPFDL.

Since the start of the program, approximately USD 2 million have been awarded to around 150 Tibetan students. Recipients of past scholarships have enrolled in American, Canadian, French and German universities pursuing PhD studies in Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Law, and Comparative & International Education and graduate programs specializing in Medicine, Business Administration, Computer Science, International Affairs, Nano Electronic Systems, and Technology & Economics and many others.

Applicants must provide official documentation of their acceptance into a graduate degree program at university or professional school in Australia, Europe or the Americas. They also need to provide proof of their Tibetan heritage. Current recipients who wish to renew their scholarships are required to submit a separate renewal application.

The complete application form, along with all required documents must be submitted online before Sunday, May 24, 2020 (11:59 PM Zurich: GMT+1). All information provided in the application must be complete, correct and submitted by time. Incomplete application, as well as submissions after the deadline, will not qualify for grant consideration.

All applications will be acknowledged by email. The applications are evaluated by the independent Selection Committee of the Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship program. Selected applicants will be contacted for a Skype or phone interview. The final decisions are communicated individually by email at approx. end of July 2020.

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The Dalai Lama Foundation Awards Scholarships 2019

Seattle, US, 8 August 2019 – The Dalai Lama Foundation’s 2019 Graduate Scholarship Program today announced the selection of 16 new and 14 renewed scholarships. Awardees will receive a scholarship of up to $10,000. A total of US$ 239,500 has been awarded.

The DLF Graduate Scholarship Program started in 2011. Since then, approximately US$ 2 million has been awarded to around 160 Tibetan students. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate excellence within their chosen fields, who are of good character, and who manifest compassion and wisdom, values dear to Tibetan culture, in their work.

The Foundation provides these scholarships, on behalf of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, as part of a wish to contribute to the benefit of humanity. The scholarship is intended to support the development of human capital of the Tibetan people.

Like previous beneficiaries, recipients of the 2019 scholarships have enrolled in American, Canadian, France, German and Switzerland universities pursuing PhD studies in Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Law, and Comparative & International Education. Graduate students specializing in Business Administration, Computer Science, International Affairs, Nano Electronic Systems, and Technology & Economics.

The Foundation’s independent Scholarship Selection Committee diligently reviewed each of the applications, short-listed potential candidates and then conducted individual interviews.

From next year, the Graduate Scholarship Program will be administered by Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama based in Switzerland.