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Zurich, 26 May 2020 – The application deadline for the scholarship year 2020/2021 has passed. 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 by email at approx. end of July 2020.

The next round (academic year 2021/22) will be announced in spring 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.