WEEK of June 3-10, 2023

Are you interested in the US political process and discourse around foreign policy vis-à-vis China and Tibet? Are you interested in becoming a leader within the Tibetan community?

Initiated in 2001, ICT’s Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP) is an exclusive hands-on experiential learning program for Tibetan American college students.

This program is designed to provide unique exposure to the US political system, discourse around foreign policy, and the role of activists, lobbyists, think tanks and the media in influencing foreign policy in Washington.

The program will cover your travel, lodging and other expenses for one week in Washington, DC.

TYLP will provide each participant with a rich environment for exchanging information and ideas and building a network of future leaders in the Tibetan community.


There will be numerous interactive sessions with leaders, policymakers and experts on a wide range of strategic policy, as well as hands-on interactive sessions.

Day 1
Getting to know each other, meeting with past TYLP participants and program overview.

Day 2
Discussions and conversations with leaders in the Tibet movement on relevance, public diplomacy and activism.

Day 3
Meetings with Congressional offices, staffers and NGOs, learning about opportunities and challenges for Tibet and how to advocate effectively.

Day 4
Meetings with US State Department officials and briefings on the department’s work on Tibet as well as opportunities for internships, fellowships, foreign service, etc.

Day 5
Participant-facilitated review session.


Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America and currently enrolled in a college graduate or undergraduate program in the United States.

How to Register

The online application includes a brief policy query, statement of interest, brief bio and resume.

Applications are due by Monday, April 3, 2023. Admission is limited to 10-12 students.


For more information, please contact Sarah Kane at [email protected] or [email protected].