Exchange Program

USIP Youth Exchange with His Holiness the Dalai Lama


  • Fully Funded
  • Dharamsala

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.




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.


  • Must reside and work in Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Central African Republic 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.

Eligible Regions: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Central African Republic, Syrian

Application Process

Submission should include:

  • A completed application form via Survey Monkey
  • A list of three references with contact information e-mailed to [email protected]
  • An updated CV e-mailed to [email protected]
  • A scanned copy of a valid passport e-mailed to [email protected]

Application Deadline: May 10, 2017 (18 Days Remaining)

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