Call for Applications, Global Change Leaders Program 2018 for Women in Nova Scotia, Canada

Deadline:  7 September 2017
Open to: emerging women leaders from developing countries
Venue: May 9 - June 28, 2018 at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia


Established in 2011, the Global Change Leaders Program is a seven-week education program offered by Coady Institute’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership. This program enables women from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities. Program participants engage in learning grounded in real world experiences and focused on Coady’s core thematic areas. Through a shared learning environment with other emerging women leaders from around the world, participants are exposed to a range of experiences and the beginnings of a potentially lifelong network of support.
The Global Change Leaders program provides successful candidates with a scholarship that includes tuition, travel, accommodations, and meals. Successful participants are responsible for costs pertaining to acquiring a visa to enter Canada. Program participants benefit from the guidance and mentorship of accomplished women leaders from around the world. The program is led by a core team of staff in the International Centre for Women’s Leadership and supported by other Coady faculty and associates.

For 2018, the Global Change Leaders Program consists of two main components:

1. May 9 - June 28, 2018:  A seven week on-site intensive course at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where a collaborative relationship is fostered among facilitators and participants to draw out lessons and insights from their rich and diverse experiences. This consists of:
    a) A foundation module, in which participants focus on leadership theories and essential competencies, analysis of gender, citizenship and power, practical understandings of these concepts and their application for women leaders within their own contexts, strengthening capacities for social innovations, partnership building in a multi-stakeholder environment, and enhancing abilities to realize citizen-driven asset-based development.
    b) A focus on gendered approaches for social, political and economic empowerment and community development, including addressing legitimacy and accountability in governance structures, building resilient communities and strengthening inclusive economies.
    c) A final module, in which participants articulate an action plan for how they will take their new learning home to provide leadership in their organizations and communities and continue to work towards empowering other women moving forward.
2. July 1 - December 31, 2018: Participants will benefit from one-on-one mentoring from experienced women leaders upon their return home for up to six months to follow on the application of learning into practice. Mentors and mentees will be matched during the residency period based on specific needs and geographic locations. Participants will also join a global alumnae network of women leaders.


This program is targeted to emerging women leaders from developing countries who are working on development issues. These are women who:

  • Possess a minimum of five years of demonstrated leadership experience in a social or economic development endeavor in sectors such as livelihoods or inclusive economic development, food security, environment, access to education and health care, governance, political engagement of women and the rights of girls and women;
  • Will be immediately returning to their community and sector following the program to put their learning into practice;
  • Have great drive and passion for their work, demonstrated through their outstanding contributions in their organizations and communities;·          
  • Are practitioners in civil society organizations including community based organizations and not for profits, or active in public or private institutions, donor/philanthropic agencies, social movements or in a social enterprise/business;
  • Hold a university degree or a combination of post-secondary education and experience; and
  • Have strong oral and written English language competencies.

Candidates must be from a country eligible for Official Development Assistance.


There is no cost involved in applying for this program. If you get an e-mail that requests payment of any kind in relation to this program, please disregard such communication. You are responsible for the costs of acquiring the necessary visa to enter Canada.

Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship to participate in this program, including the cost of economy-class travel, tuition, room and board. The cost of acquiring a visa for entry into Canada is the responsibility of the successful candidate.

Travel to and from Coady Institute in Canada will be paid for and organized by Coady Institute for successful candidates of this program. Economy-class air and ground travel will be organized by the most cost-effective and efficient means possible. Successful candidates will be consulted on travel itinerary.

Visa requirements vary depending on candidate’s country of citizenship and travel documents. We anticipate that most applicants will require a visa. The process to acquire a visitor’s visa for travel to Canada can often take three months. Successful admission into this program does not automatically guarantee that the participant will be granted a visitor’s visa. While Coady Institute will assist successful candidates by providing them with a letter confirming their acceptance into the program, the Institute has no control over the visa application process. It is the responsibility of the candidate to acquire the visa and provide the Canadian consular office with the necessary documents. The candidate is responsible for the costs associated with obtaining the visa.

Please check this website for details and up to date information on countries and territories that require a visa to visit Canada:


Applications that meet the qualification requirements will be reviewed by the selection committee. The committee will review information provided on application forms, including work experience, personal statements on why applicants think they qualify for this program and the two mandatory references. Skype calls will take place with shortlisted candidates to finalize selection. Please understand that this is an extremely high demand program. We review every applicant carefully and the length of this process is dependent on the number of applications received.

In order to apply, register HERE.

Have a query? You may find the answer here.

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