Scholarship Recipients 2020/21

What does this scholarship mean to you?

“I am the first and the only Tibetan student studying here in my university, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice. As His Holiness always focuses on conservation of environment and the impact of global warming, my research deals with understanding of how climate change affects our planet through hydrobiology.”

Lobsang Tsering
PhD, Hydrobiology, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Scholarship recipient 2020-21

“In my third year of medical school, I am immensely privileged to care for patients and help make clinical decisions that directly impact their wellbeing. Additionally, I take part in a specialized academic track focused on global health and acute medical care in low-resource settings.  My career as a physician will ideally apply all these lessons to help improve access to quality medical care for fellow Tibetans.  I am grateful and deeply humbled for the continued support of the Dalai Lama Graduate Scholarship in pursuit of that mission.”

Deki Tsering
Doctor of Medicine,Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Scholarship recipient 2020

“The rise of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and Bipolar in the Tibetan diaspora is ever so evident. As a Psychiatric nurse practitioner, I will work to fight the stigma associated with mental health. I aim to educate our community by working with our local Tibetan associations and the CTA at large via workshops and various media outreaches.”

Tashi Dhonden
MSc, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Colorado State University-Pueblo
Scholarship recipient 2020-21

“I aspire to become a researcher in the field of translational oncology. The Dalai Lama Graduate scholarship had encouraged and supported me financially, throughout my journey to achieve my goal and I am forever grateful to the foundation. I hope my clinical research findings will contribute in cancer treatment.”

Migmar Tsamchoe
PhD, Cancer research, McGill University
Scholarship recipient 2020-21

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award ‘Dalai Lama Graduate Award’. The fund helps me get more opportunities of training in material source languages, field works, and other research training which are not available in the university.”

Thinley Gyatso
PhD, Tibetan Studies, University of Toronto
Scholarship recipient 2020-21

“I am deeply grateful to H.H. the Dalai Lama and Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama for the meaningful scholarship. The scholarship undoubtedly will assist me to fulfill my academic dream. That is to be a great Tibetan scholar who can represent Tibetan people and its culture for the global audience in the near future.”

Dhondup Tashi Rekjong
PhD, Religious Studies, Northwestern University
Scholarship recipient 2020-21

“I aspire to develop and improve upon existing engineering technologies to treat brackish water and industrial wastewater for portable reuse. Deeply interested in monitoring environmental degradation patterns on the Tibetan plateau.”

Tenzin Phakdon
PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona
Scholarship recipient 2020-21

“I am interested in the power of narrative and story-telling in connecting peoples and communities and am eager to dig deeper into the craft of writing and reporting. My dream is to revisit Tibet and report from on-the-ground there. I am grateful for the Gaden Phodrang Foundation for entrusting me with a generous award in honor of His Holiness. This scholarship serves as an important reminder to wholeheartedly live out His Holiness’ ideals of compassion and care and to extend the generosity and privileges afforded to us by the older generations forward to future generations.”

Tenzin Dolkar Tsagong
Master of Fine Arts, Literary Reportage, New York University
Scholarship recipient 2020

“I hope that I will be able to contribute towards the advancement of cancer research using my knowledge in medical physics. I am eternally grateful to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and the foundation.”

Tenzin Kunkyab
PhD, Medical Physics University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Scholarship recipient 2020

“I am honoured to be a DLF scholar. In the near future, I intend to pay back to our Tibetan community as much as I have received. I feel that the lack of representation of different careers in our community is a major downfall. I hope to become someone who can represent my field in our community and when young girls see me, I would like to hear them say “If she can be a scientist, I can too.”

Dechen Wangmo
PhD, Genetics, Cell Biology and DevelopmentUniversity of Minnesota
Scholarship recipient 2020