Swedish Institute Leader Lab

Deadline: 7 May 2019
Open to: influential civil society leaders aged 22-32 years old from South Asia, Middle East and North Africa
Benefits: fully funded


SI Leader Lab 2019 will bring together 60 young influential civil society leaders in South Asia, the MENA region and Sweden who are active advocates of gender equality. The overarching objective is to strengthen leaders who are working for peaceful and inclusive societies.

The programme is an opportunity for you to develop your advocacy skills and work on strategic outreach within your focus area. It’s also an opportunity to grow as a leader, exchange experiences, form new connections and to try out innovative tools and methods with peers working in a similar context.

SI Leader Lab is a blended learning programme that runs over eight months, mixing online meetings with two separate assemblies in Sweden. Work in smaller learning groups based on region and thematic focus will be combined with sessions that include all participants.


You should fit in the following criteria:

  • Have a leading position (formal or informal) in a civil society organization or network working for gender equality;
  • Work in a collaborative setting, where you have a leadership role (formal or informal);
  • Are between 22 and 32 years old (born 1987–1997);
  • Have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English;
  • Are a citizen of Algeria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia or Yemen.


The scholarship covers training and content, accommodation, food, and domestic transport during the programme, flight tickets to and from module 1 and 3 in Sweden, Insurance and visa costs.

How to apply?

  • Download and fill out the  Leader Lab application form
  • Go to the application portal
  • Upload the completed application form in English, including your contact details and the contact details of two reference persons
  • Upload an updated CV in English
  • Upload a letter of recommendation*
  • Upload a photo (not compulsory).

For more information, please visit the official web page.