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Scholarship Endowment Fund


Every year there are about 600 Tibetan high school graduates seeking financial assistance in the form of scholarship from the Department of Education (DoE), Central Tibetan Administration. The DoE is only able to support less than half of those applicants, due to lack of adequate financial resources. On several occasions DoE has to turn down applications of some of the most promising students with excellent academic achievements and results. It is indeed very unfortunate that due to sheer lack of funds, students has to compromise their dreams of higher education.

Contributions to the Scholarship Endowment Fund will enable the DoE to support the financial need of those most in need and excellent students in a systematic manner. Association/Individual/Group if the funding is made in a lump sum. Scholarship holders must secure minimum of 50% in their annual examination along with 75% attendance to continue the scholarship in following year.

Donors from North America may send their support in the form of checks/money orders in favor of Tibetan Community Development Fund Inc, with memo listed as “SEF”

Contact Person at Office of Tibet:

Tenzin Ignyen
Outreach Officer
1228 17th ST NW
Washington DC 20036 US

Phone No: 212 213 5010 ext 206

Tibet Corps

Leadership Development

TibetCorps seeks to inspire Tibetans to become directly engage in tangible work to build and strengthen the Tibetan community, its institutions , and the Central Tibetan Administration, to surmount barriers and gaps in space and resources, building on their own collective strength to support Tibet and Tibetans. It provides a platform for Tibetan University students, active and retired professionals to volunteer and serve in Tibetan communities at home and in India and Nepal. The program matches specific services opportunities with interested volunteers. Free accommodations and a modest monthly stipend is provided the volunteers. This is an initiative of the 14th Kashag.

Sister Settlements Initiative

Community Development

The Tibetan Diaspora community is growing worldwide with a majority of the population residing in India, especially in those 58 Tibetan settlements established in different parts of India. In order to bring all Tibetans together and build a sense of sisterhood amongst the scattered communities, the 14th Kashag headed by Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay initiated the “Puensigh Shichaks Lehshid” meaning Sister Settlement program. Under this initiative, two Tibetan communities living in different geographical areas are linked to form a sisterhood relationship, through which they can share and exchange information, culture, experiences, and assist in terms of socio-economic development of the community to strengthen solidarity between Tibetans and to promote self reliance. This program addresses all the three guiding principles of the present 14th Kashag i.e. Unity, Innovation, and Self-reliance.

Matching of the two communities are based on the economic status, population of a settlement and the population of the community abroad. Initially, a minimum of ten settlements in India and ten Tibetan communities from the western countries will be matched and introduced. Likewise the process will be replicated to match other Tibetan communities in order to create more Sister Settlements (Shijaks). However the success of the program rest upon the serious participation from the communities involved in order to explore new initiatives and fund new projects to support, especially by the communities in abroad. Once the two communities reach an agreement to bound each other in a sisterhood (Sister Shijak) relationships, further activities and events will be organized involving grassroots people to initiative projects to support the sustainability of the program and strengthening of the civil society.

The Settlement officers will be the key point of contact, they will form a management team including camp leaders, representatives from the monasteries and head of the institutions, whilst the Tibetan Association in abroad will manage their own team. The Department of Home of the Central Tibetan Administration will play an integral role of liaising between the two Tibetan communities and assist in strengthening the Sister-Shijak relationships. However long term sustenance of the relationship between the two communities rest in largely in the hand of the primary stakeholders i.e. the Settlements represented by the Settlement Officers and the Tibetan Associations abroad with their respective elected representatives.

Some of the outlined activities under the program include:

  1. Settlement development mapping – visualizing settlement five or ten years from now
  2. Develop program based on settlement development map
  3. Create a system to exchange information and knowledge – routine set up – flow of information
  4. Visit of community representatives to meet the communities to know the situation better and to build stronger relationship or partnership.
  5. Partnership agreement between two communities
  6. Children education or exposure trip to settlements or sister cities
  7. See various ways of doing commercial business by partnership
  8. Implement the first year plan of community development through fund raising, inviting volunteers, establishing businesses, producing entrepreneurs, educational programs etc.
  9. Create networking system between sister settlements to exchange experiences and strengthening the program

Currently five Tibetan Associations in North America have signed up for the initiative:

Portland and Phuntsokling, Orissa
Colorado and Rasua (Nepal)
New York/New Jersey and Hunsur and Bandra
Boston and Tezu Dargeyling, Arunachal Pradesh
San Francisco Bay Area and Norzinling, Dorpatan (Nepal)

Weekend Tibetan Language School

Cultural Preservation, Education

Most of the Tibetan Associations in North America have a weekend Tibetan language school program for Tibetan children and youth. The weekend schools hold classes in Tibetan language, Tibetan cultural dances and music, and Tibetan Buddhism. The teachers and staff working for the weekend schools are mostly volunteers. TCDF with the help of the Office of Tibet convenes a meeting of the schools every two years where issues related to curriculum, text books, school administration and teacher development are discussed. TCDF set up a committee to develop school textbooks at the primary, intermediate and advanced levels. The draft of the books has been forwarded to CTA’s Department of Education for review and final printing. The books will be distributed in 2016.


Community Development

You can make an Online Donation through Paypal



Payable to : “Tibetan Community Development Fund”
and post it to the following address:

Tibetan Community Development Fund
1228 17th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036