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 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. 

 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.

Host Country:
  • India
Host Organisation:
  • United States Institutes of Peace
Program Duration:
  • 10 Days
Program Dates:
  • October 19-27, 2018
Financial Support:
  • USIP will sponsor selected youth leaders to attend the program from October 19-27, inclusive of travel days. USIP will pay for the cost of flights, lodging, and meals for each participant during their stay.
  • Participants are required to share a double occupancy room with a fellow youth leader of the same gender.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Must reside and work in Afghanistan, Burma, Central African Republic, Colombia, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria (or of Syrian origin living and working in Lebanon, Turkey or Jordan), Tunisia or Venezuela.
  • 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 2019. 
Required Documents:

Please submit the following: 

  • A completed application form via Survey Monkey
  • An updated CV e-mailed to
  • A scanned copy of a valid passport e-mailed to
How to Apply:

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.  

Application Deadline:
  • 20 May, 2018


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