Global Change Leaders Program for Women

Deadline: 17 January 2014
Open to: emerging women leaders from developing countries who are working on development issues
Venue: 25 August – 10 October 2014 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia (Canada)


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.

For 2014, the Global Change Leaders Program consists of two main components:

1. August 25 – October 10, 2014:  A seven week on-site intensive course at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia (Canada) where a collaborative relationship is fostered among facilitators and participants to draw out lessons and insights from their rich and diverse experiences.

2. October 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015:  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 alumni network of women leaders.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page HERE for more information.


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 four years of demonstrated leadership experience in a social or economic development endeavour in sectors such as livelihoods or inclusive economic development, food security, environment, access to education and health care, governance, and the rights of girls and women;
  • 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.


Global Change Leaders program provides successful candidates with a full scholarship that includes tuition, travel, accommodations, and meals. Program participants also benefit from the guidance and mentorship of accomplished women leaders from around the world.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Global Change Leaders Program.  The application deadline is January 17, 2014 at 11:59 EST. Applications will only be accepted electronically using the online form HERE.

In the online form, applicants are asked to provide the names, contact details and the email addresses for two persons who can provide a recommendation for the candidate. The people named as references will receive an email from Coady’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership with a link to reference form that they can complete online. Your references will also receive an email once their form has been successfully submitted. Applicants should ensure that they have notified their referees prior to submitting their application. Applications which do not have two references will not be reviewed.

You have the option of saving a partially completed form with a login and password that you create, and returning to it later. Your login must be an email address, and your password must be at least six characters and contain a number and an upper case letter.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a Skype interview no later than 31 March 2014.

You may direct your questions to the organizers at [email protected] Please see the official website HERE for further details.

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