Pathy Foundation Fellowship

Pathy Foundation Fellowship

Post-Grad Fellowship Opportunity at Bishop's

Is the Pathy Foundation Fellowship a good fit for you?

  • Do you feel like you have an idea that could make a significant impact on a community you have a connection with?
  • Would you like to take this idea and actually put it into action?
  • Are you looking to acquire real life leadership experience?
  • Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, are you up for the challenge?

One year. One Project. Unleash your potential.

The Pathy Foundation Fellowship is a 12-month intensive community-focused experiential learning opportunity for graduating students to become active and effective change-makers, working closely with communities to foster sustainable and positive social change.

Anxious about implementing your idea? Get support to help you succeed!

The Fellowship provides professional leadership training and support through the Coady International Institute. Fellows will be provided with comprehensive training prior to and during the year to help them lead their community development project anywhere in the world. Fellows are also supported throughout the year with periodic one-on-one check-ins with a personal development coach, and the program supervisor, as well as through peer-support structures and Coady Institute mentorship.

As a fellow, you will acquire amazing opportunities:

Professional development: Learn how to take your idea and put it into action.  You will learn how to pitch your idea, develop a strategic plan, manage a budget, implement your ideas, and evaluate and report on the outcomes of your socially-innovative project. You will also be given opportunities to develop valuable network connections to help kick-start your career.

Personal Growth: Through personal development and leadership coaching, you will become more self-aware of your personality and leadership skills, enhancing the impact that you can have as a leader. You will learn valuable intrapersonal, interpersonal, and leadership skills that will help you throughout your personal life and professional career.

Community Engagement: You will learn how to create collaborative and innovative solutions to community priorities, and will be introduced to leading development practices, principles, approaches and participatory tools. You will have an opportunity to connect with community leaders, other change-makers and develop your professional and personal networks.

Examples of past Fellows’ projects:

Whether connecting Somali diaspora in Ottawa, revitalizing Mi’kmaq culture and identity in Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland), facilitating reforestation in Panama, working on the cross-sections of menstrual health and economic empowerment in Godhra, India, or establishing inclusive sport models in Antigonish, Pathy Fellows have worked across the globe on a wide variety of unique and innovative community-focused projects.

Check out what former Fellows have done here!

As an applicant, what do I need to be selected?

  • The capacity and potential to develop as an effective change-agent.
  • A meaningful connection with a community of your choosing, locally, nationally, or internationally.
  • An innovative idea of how your chosen community could be strengthened or developed; or a connection with a positive sustainable developmental initiative in any field already underway within this community that could be built upon or strengthened.

For additional information on the Pathy Foundation Fellowship, its benefits, and the application process, please consult the PDF brochure.

Successful candidates will receive up to $40, 000 in funding:

  • Applicants must be in their final year of studies, be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, and under the age of 30.
  • Bishop’s Masters and Undergraduate students are eligible, as are students from McGill, Queen’s, St. Francis Xavier University, and University of Ottawa.

Application timeline

Applications open: September 1, 2020

Application deadline: November 12, 2020, at 2:00pm EST

When do you complete your studies?

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
Fall 2020 – Spring 2021
Applications Open Applications Close
Sep 1, 2020 Nov 12, 2020
Jan 27-28, 2021
Foundations for Community Change
Jun 7-25, 2021
Final Planning Workshop
Aug 23-27, 2021
Community Phase Start Community Phase End
Sep 2021 May 2022
May 23-27, 2022
Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
Fall 2021 – Spring 2022
Applications Open Applications Close
Sep 7, 2021 Nov 11, 2021
Jan 26-27, 2022
Foundations for Community Change
Jun 6-24, 2022
Final Planning Workshop
Aug 22-26, 2022
Community Phase Start Community Phase End
Sep 2022 May 2023
May 22-26, 2023
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
Fall 2022 – Spring 2023
Applications Open Applications Close
Sep 6, 2022 Nov 10, 2022
Jan 25-26, 2023
Foundations for Community Change
Jun 5-23, 2023
Final Planning Workshop
Aug 28-Sep1, 2023
Community Phase Start Community Phase End
Sep 2023 May 2024
May 27-31, 2024
Fall 2023 - Spring 2024
Fall 2023 – Spring 2024
Applications Open Applications Close
Sep 5, 2023 Nov 9, 2023
Jan 31-Feb 1, 2024
Foundations for Community Change
Jun 10-28, 2024
Final Planning Workshop
Aug 26-30, 2024
Community Phase Start Community Phase End
Sep 2024 May 2025
May 26-30, 2025

Application process:

Up to 20 applicants are shortlisted in December for a two-day selection process in Montreal in late January. Up to 12 Pathy Foundation Fellowships will be awarded.

Have questions about the Fellowship? Participate in one of the following online info sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, September 30th at 10:00 a.m. EST
  • Wednesday, October 7th at 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, October 15th at 11:00 a.m. EST
  • Friday, October 23rd at 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Monday, November 2nd at 9:00 a.m. EST

To sign up for information sessions, please fill in the online registration form, and notify your university representative.

Questions or thinking of applying?

For more information, please contact Dr. Mike Teed at

It is highly recommended that you liaise with you university representative as you complete your application.

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