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Fully-funded Coady Institute’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership 2018

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Applications are invited for the Coady Institute’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership (IWCL) Program 2018. The IWCL Enhanced Mentorship Program is an award-winning initiative offered by Coady International Institute. Offered since 2011, this program is for First Nations, Métis and Inuit women who are committed to supporting development and social change in their organizations, communities and Nations.

The program is delivered using Coady’s innovative and blended approach to asset-based leadership development and prioritizes indigenous knowledge and ways of learning. It focuses on building capacity by sharing expertise and teachings between participants, mentors, and Elders.

The program focuses on leadership models and community-driven development practices and examines thematic areas such as community resilience, governance and accountability, and economic empowerment in depth. Participants in this program are connected with other women leaders and development practitioners from around the world.

Program Schedule and Components

For 2018, the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Program consists of three main components:

Participants are required to take part in all three components. Following the program conclusion, graduates continue to be engaged in networks of indigenous women leaders as well as Coady alumni globally and have opportunities for further enhancement of their learning through Fellowships and other events.


  • The Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Enhanced Mentorship program provides successful candidates with a full scholarship that includes tuition and program materials, travel, accommodations, and meals;
  • Program participants also benefit from the guidance and mentorship of accomplished Indigenous women leaders throughout their learning journey.


  • Applicant must be a First Nation, Métis or Inuit woman and legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Candidates must have at least a high school diploma or equivalency;
  • Successful candidates must demonstrate that they have approximately five years of leadership experience either through formal leadership roles or through community involvement, community organizations and/or volunteer work;
  • Candidates must be passionate about working in and developing their communities, and must be committed to the program for its duration.


Before starting your application, please prepare a one-page statement of interest as well as resumé to upload on the application form. Your statement of interest should contain the following:

  • Why you think indigenous women’s leadership in communities is important;
  • Your own most important leadership experience to date (positive or negative);
  • What community initiative(s) you would like to build or enhance in your community.

Indicate, where possible, whether your project has the support of your community or organization.

Apply Now!

For more information, visit Indigenous Women in Community Leadership.