Pathy Foundation Fellowship
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.
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.
Applications open: September 1, 2020
Application deadline: November 12, 2020, at 2:00pm EST
When do you complete your studies?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is highly recommended that you liaise with you university representative as you complete your application.
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