The Program
The U.S. Institute of Peace and His Holiness the Dalai Lama have partnered to build bridges between international leaders and youth peacebuilders. In support of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, this partnership will create a space where constructive, intergenerational conversations can occur that begin to lessen the divides separating the work of youth leaders and more traditional leaders.

The program will bring a group of 28 youth peacebuilders to Dharamsala for two days of conversation with the Dalai Lama to discuss ways in which youth can partner with international leaders to build peace. Selected youth will come from some of the world’s most conflict-ridden areas. 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
Few world leaders can understand the experience of youth peacebuilders as fully as His Holiness, who, at age 15, was thrust into the leadership of his people as they faced the traumas of war. Like some of the youth participants in this program, His Holiness fled his country as a refugee and has lived for years in exile. In Dharamsala, the youth leaders will share their experiences and will discuss with His Holiness ways in which youth leaders and world leaders can cooperatively build peace. The very engagement of youth with His Holiness will serve as a model for the youth on how to bridge intergenerational divides. The conversation in Dharamsala will provide a platform for greater international advocacy for youth priorities in peace and security and will expand the global impact of youth leaders.

Criteria to Apply
  • Must reside and work in Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia, Tunisia, Sudan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria or be of Syrian origin living and working in Lebanon, Turkey or Jordan.
          • Must be 18-35 years old.
          • Must be able to read, write and speak English.
          • Must hold a leadership role in an organization that does peacebuilding work. 
          • Must have a passport that is valid through May 2018. 

Program Dates
November 3-9, 2017

Application Instructions

Submission should include:
           • A completed application form via Survey Monkey
           • A list of three references with contact information e-mailed to            

           • An updated CV e-mailed to
           • A scanned copy of a valid passport e-mailed to


Please submit the application using Survey Monkey. Please e-mail all attachments in one e-mail to The e-mail subject line should read: SURNAME, HHDL application. Submissions that are incomplete or late will not be considered. 

Applications will be accepted no later than August 16, 2017 at 17:00 (GMT -4:00).  All inquiries should be sent to

Notifications of Application Status
Selected participants will be notified by email by August 30, 2017.  If you are not notified by this time, you have not been selected. 

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PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY: Please answer each question with as much detail as possible in no more than 400 words.

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* 2. What is the most significant obstacle to peace in your community? How does the obstacle impact your life?

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* 3. What is the mission of the organization with which you work? When was it founded and what led to its creation?

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* 4. Describe your role in the organization with which you work.

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* 5. How does your identity influence your peacebuilding work?

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* 6. In what ways do you strive to bridge intergenerational divides through your work?

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* 7. What challenges do you encounter when trying to work with traditional leaders? How have you worked to overcome those challenges?

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* 8. What about His Holiness the Dalai Lama do you find inspiring? How might this exchange inform the way you partner with traditional leaders to build peace?

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Participants are youth leaders who are working for peace in their community. Please describe one project or initiative through which you have partnered with traditional leaders at the local, community, or international level to build a more peaceful society.

Please answer the following question with as much detail as possible in no more than 400 words.

Please submit the following documents with this application. 

1)      An updated curriculum vitae or resume 
2)      A scanned copy of the informational page of your passport.
3)      A list of 3 references, including their contact information (e-mail and phone).


USIP will sponsor selected youth leaders to attend the program from November 3-9, inclusive of travel days. USIP will pay for the cost of flights, lodging, and meals for each participant during their stay. Participants will share a double occupancy room with a fellow youth leader of the same gender.  

By signing this MoU youth leaders commit to a collaborative partnership with USIP. Under this MoU, participating youth leaders agree to:

1. Provide a written reflection or testimonial describing findings, learnings, and skills gained from the training. This reflection will also provide the opportunity for participants to provide suggestions for future programming or voice concerns about the programming. This document will be due within one month of the training session. Participants will also be required to complete a post-program evaluation survey. 

2. Apply learnings from the training session in order to create impact within their community. Youth leaders will be expected to apply lessons learned or skills developed during the training session to benefit their community. This can come in many forms, including lectures, workshops, projects, or other community based activities. Participants will be expected to report to USIP on their projects and how they have integrated their learnings from the program into their work. 

3. Commit to supporting the learning community of youth leaders. USIP aims to provide a space for  youth leaders to learn, grow, and practice conflict resolution and leadership skills. By signing this MoU participants agree to actively participate in the training session, attend all sessions, and arrive on time. 

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Please sign to certify the above statement.