Fully Funded Global Change Leaders Program for Women from Developing Countries, 12 Aug. - 27 Sep. 2019, Canada


October 31, 2018


Event Date:

August 12, 2019 - September 27, 2019

Opportunity Cover Image - Fully Funded Global Change Leaders Program for Women from Developing Countries, 12 Aug. -  27 Sep. 2019, Canada

Global Change Leaders

Aug. 12 to Sept. 27, 2019
The call for applications for the 2019 GCL program will be open from September 1 until 12:00pm AST October 31, 2018.

About the Program

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.

Program Eligibility

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.

Program Schedule and Components

For 2019, the Global Change Leaders Program consists of two main components:

1. August 12 – September 29, 2019: 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. October 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020: 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.

Global Change Leaders Case Studies

  • Case Study Discussion Guide
  • Ela Bhatt, by Nanci Lee.
  • Dr. Bogaletch Gebre, by Rachel Hess.
  • Dr. Zilda Arns Neumann, by Nanci Lee.
  • Kakenya Ntaiya, by Pauline Achola.
  • Nguyen Thi Oanh, by Jim Delaney.
  • Perveen Shaikh, by Linda Jones and Rachel Hess.

GCL  Funders

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of our private donors and partners as well as Global Affairs Canada.

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wafa Dahaoui | 2018-12-19 09:38:24
I would like to participate to this fellowship , how to subscrib?

Akorfa Ahiafor | 2018-12-20 04:22:00
Hello I am very much interested in participating in this program, i hope i can still be accommodated

jane arama | 2019-03-08 06:13:19
looking forward to applying for the next intake in september

Juliana Kulokhoma | 2019-03-22 10:18:59
I would like to be considered for this forums , kindly advise on the way forward....I understand the registration for this particular one is closed, is there room for entry? Much appreciated.

Vaughn Nanton | 2019-03-27 07:11:48
Do you already have the maximum amount of participants to commence this training? If not, can I still apply to part-take in this training?

Sangita Dahal | 2019-06-30 01:03:36
Would like to attend this program how can I ?As I am seven years experience development professional I'm social development feild working with rural youth and community.

dyah hestu lestari | 2019-09-10 08:21:17
hi I would like to apply to this program for woman leader. how can I aplly and get the invitation. thank you

ANNA SOLOMON KASYUPA | 2019-09-18 11:53:43
Hi! I would like to apply and be part of this program as a woman leader.