She Enterpreneurs Leadership Program, Swedish Institute

Deadline: 2 November, 2012
Open to: Women between the ages of 20 and 32 from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank-Gaza and Yemen
Fellowship: covers all costs related to accommodation, food, insurance, visa and transport


She Entrepreneurs addresses young women social entrepreneurs in selected countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Morocco and West Bank-Gaza. The Swedish Institute aims to give the participants innovative tools for sustainable change while seeking to create a network of women change makers in the region. Focused on driven young women, She Entrepreneurs will offer inspiration and knowledge as well as build networks between Sweden and the countries involved.

The program runs for one year, with participants meeting for ten days in Sweden and one week in the MENA region. During the first module in Sweden, participants are provided with tools needed to develop a social project for sustainable change in their country or region. In between the modules, the participants work on their own projects locally, coached by group mentors over digital platforms. Through the program, participants are offered the opportunity to meet Swedish organizations as well as leading social and business entrepreneurs. Participants also become part of an active network that strengthens the role of women and supports personal and professional development.


Applicants should:

  • have drive, ambition and interest to use social entrepreneurship to implement a social project that you have already started working on.
  • be a citizen of Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, West Bank-Gaza or Yemen.
  • their social project should be based and implemented in your country of citizenship or in one of the countries of the She Entrepreneurs Program listed above.
  • be between 20 and 32 years old.
  • have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
  • have basic knowledge of the internet and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.


1. Food, accommodation and travel costs
All costs related to accommodation, food and transport during the She Entrepreneurs Program are covered by the Swedish Institute. The Institute will pay for air travel to and from Sweden and to the location of the second module of the program in the MENA region. Participants are themselves responsible for costs related to transport within their own countries.

2. Insurance
During the program in Sweden all participants from the Middle East and North Africa will be insured against acute illness and accident through the Swedish State Group Insurance and personal insurance by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Service Agency . For the second module which will take place somewhere in the MENA region, all participants are kindly requested to purchase a travel insurance covering the period of the module in their respective home countries. The Swedish Institute will reimburse participants for the cost of the insurance later.

3. Visa
When applying for a visa the Swedish Institute will provide the participants with a letter of invitation and an insurance certificate, and will also cover the application cost.

How to apply?

Submit your application by sending the She Entrepreneurs questionnaire 2013 together with your CV in English to [email protected] by November 2. Entrepreneurs questionnaire 2013  can be found here

A complete application consists of:

  • A completed She Entrepreneurs Questionnaire 2013 in English, including contact information
  • An updated CV in English
If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact [email protected]
For fur­ther infor­ma­tion visit the official website


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