2019 Generation Change Exchange with Dalai Lama

Deadline: 31 March 2019
Open to:  youth peacebuilders
Benefits: the cost of flights, lodging and meals for each participant during their stay


The U.S. Institute of Peace and 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 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.


  • Must reside and work in Afghanistan, Burma, Central African Republic, Colombia, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria (or of Syrian origin living and working in Lebanon, Turkey or Jordan), Tunisia, Venezuela or Yemen;
  • Must be 18-28 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 April 2020.


USIP will sponsor selected youth leaders to attend the program from October 17-27, inclusive of travel days. USIP will pay for the cost of flights, lodging, and meals for each participant during their stay.

How to apply?

Submissions that are incomplete or late will not be considered.  Applications will be accepted no later than March 31, 2019 at 17:00 (GMT -4:00).  All inquiries should be sent to [email protected]

Notifications of Application Status Selected participants will be notified by email by May 15, 2019.  If you are not notified by this time, you have not been selected.

For more information, please visit the official web page