Frequently Asked Questions


The call for applications for the 2017 GCL program is now closed. Applicants will be notified of their application outcome by February 28, 2017.

When is the deadline to apply?
Does it cost to apply?
What are the requirements for qualification to the program?
I started to complete the on-line application and saved it. What happens if I forgot my password to go back and complete my application?
What references are required for the application?
How do I know that my references have submitted their reference forms?
Can I change my referees after I have submitted my completed application?
What information do you ask for from my reference contacts?
I have difficulty with English, may I still participate?
Do I have to be working full-time? Can I be part-time or a volunteer?
I’m a student – can I apply to the program?
Do I need to be from a developing country to be eligible?
If I applied last year, can I re-apply?
How will successful participants be determined?
What financial support is available?
Does the Coady International Institute organize my travel?
Do I require a visa to travel to Canada for educational purposes? How do I get one?
What are the program dates?
What will be the class, weekday and weekend hours?
Will I have to find my own mentor?
Can I suggest my own mentor?
 

When is the deadline to apply?

The call for applications for the 2017 GCL program is now closed. Applicants will be notified of their application outcome by February 28, 2017.

Does it cost to apply?

There is no cost involved in applying for this program. If you get an e-mail that requests payment of any kind in relation to this program, please disregard such communication. You are responsible for the costs of acquiring the necessary visa to enter Canada.

What are the requirements for qualification to the program?

The 2017 program invites applications from women in developing countries who have demonstrated leadership in a development sector for at least four years but would still be considered an emerging leader. Women who have held leadership roles at a senior level for a number of years should not apply for this certificate, but may be eligible for other Coady Education programs. Please click here for other Coady programs. Citizens and residents of OECD member countries are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

I started to complete the on-line application and saved it. What happens  if I forgot my password to go back and complete my application?

If you forget your password, you can have it reset, using the email address you used when you saved your application.

  • In the email that you received acknowledging that you had begun your application, we have sent you your login and password. Please retain this information in safe secure place so you will have access to it should require it.
  • Alternately you could do the following option: On the dialogue box displays, you are asked for your user name and password – but there is also a link that says “Forgot your password?” Click “Forgot your password?”
  • On the dialogue box that displays, type your email address and click “Reset Password”. Leave that window open.
  • Check your email Inbox. You will see an email from Women Lead with a subject line of “Your Password Reset Token”.
  • Open that email and look for a string of letters and numbers called a token. Copy that token.
  • Back in the dialogue box, paste that token and click “Verify Reset Token”.
  • Then enter your new password and click “Reset Password”.


You’re done!

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What references are required for the application?

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 referees will receive an email from Coady’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership with a link to the reference form that they can complete online and submit confidentially. Your referees 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.

Can I change my referees after I have submitted my completed application?

We do not recommend changing of referees after your application has been submitted. The application process is an electronic process. At various stages of your application you, along with your referees, will receive automated emails from us indicated certain things. When email addresses are altered or changed this hinders those automated notifications. Please always double check with your referees in advance to ensure they are able to meet our firm deadline of November 15, 2016.

How do I know that my references have submitted their reference forms?

When each of your referees successfully submits a recommendation form, you will also receive an email confirmation that it has been processed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that your referees are able to submit their reference form well before the application closing date. It is your responsibility to ensure that these are submitted. If you are in doubt whether the referral has been submitted, please contact your referees directly.

What information do you ask for from my reference contacts?

Overall, they are asked whether or not they recommend you for the program. More specifically, we ask them to provide us with further information about your professional background, experience and their honest assessment of your leadership skill and potential. They are asked how you and your organization may benefit from this program, and whether you have the capacity to undertake and fully contribute to the program.

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I have difficulty with English, may I still participate?

All of our educational programs are in English. While it is not the first language of most of our participants and we do everything we can to accommodate this, it is essential you are able to learn and communicate both in oral and written form in an English environment to participate in the program. Skype interviews with short-listed candidates will help us determine language proficiency.

Do I have to be working full-time? Can I be part-time or a volunteer?

You do not have to be working full-time. However, if you are not working full-time with an organization it is important that you clearly outline your experience and how you intend to use the learning/experience from our program to strengthen your leadership knowledge and skills in order to enhance your abilities to lead and act at the community, national and global levels. This is necessary in order for the selection committee to determine if you qualify for the program.

I’m a student – can I apply to the program?

If you have the necessary experience noted above, and have gone back to complete a relevant degree or course of study, you may be eligible. However, our preference is to select applicants who are currently working in their community and will return to their community to continue to build on their work. Please also refer to the qualification requirements for the program. A recent graduate may be selected based on experience and other proven commitment and abilities.

Do I need to be from a developing country to be eligible?

Yes – for the 2017 certificate program, only women from developing countries and residing in those countries are eligible. Please see the previous questions above. Indigenous women from Canada may also be considered for the program but should contact our office directly for further information. If you are not from a developing country but are interested in our women’s leadership programs, please refer to the other programs we offer on our website at www.coady.stfx.ca/themes/women/programs/.

If I applied last year, can I re-apply?

Candidates who applied in previous years but were not selected are welcome to re-apply for the 2017 program and should ensure that their information is up-to-date and complete. Candidates who were selected for previous cohorts but were unable to attend because they did not receive their visa on time, or had other reasons for not attending, must also fully re-apply to the program and should indicate in their personal statement that they were previously selected.

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How will successful participants be determined?

Applications that meet the qualification requirements will be reviewed by the selection committee. The committee will review information provided on application forms, including work experience, personal statements on why applicants think they qualify for this program and the two mandatory references. Skype calls will take place with shortlisted candidates to finalize selection. Please understand that this is an extremely high demand program. We review every applicant carefully and the length of this process is dependent on the number of applications received.

What financial support is available?

Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship to participate in this program, including the cost of economy-class travel, tuition, room and board. The cost of acquiring a visa for entry into Canada is the responsibility of the successful candidate.

Does the Coady International Institute organize my travel?

Travel to and from Coady Institute in Canada will be paid for and organized by Coady Institute for successful candidates of this program. Economy-class air and ground travel will be organized by the most cost-effective and efficient means possible. Successful candidates will be consulted on travel itinerary.

Do I require a visa to travel to Canada for educational purposes? How do I get one?

Visa requirements vary depending on candidate’s country of citizenship and travel documents. We anticipate that most applicants will require a visa. The process to acquire a visitor’s visa for travel to Canada can often take three months. Successful admission into this program does not automatically guarantee that the participant will be granted a visitor’s visa. While Coady Institute will assist successful candidates by providing them with a letter confirming their acceptance into the program, the Institute has no control over the visa application process. It is the responsibility of the candidate to acquire the visa and provide the Canadian consular office with the necessary documents. The candidate is responsible for the costs associated with obtaining the visa.

Please check this website for details and up to date information on countries and territories that require a visa to visit Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

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What are the program dates?

The program is seven (7) weeks long. Program activities will begin on Sunday July 16, 2017 on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. It will conclude with a graduation ceremony on September 1, 2017. Participants will also be matched to a mentor who will advise, guide and support them through a 6-month period until March 31, 2018, and be linked to a global network of other women leaders. Applicants must commit to the full 7-week on-site program.

What will be the class, weekday and weekend hours?

This is a rigorous and highly sought-after program. Participants should be aware that there will be little time to conduct regular work activities during this period and come prepared to be fully committed to the program.

Class sessions typically run Monday to Friday from 8:30 am (08:30) to 5:00 pm (17:00); however, there may be some special evening sessions, assignments, as well as weekend trips and activities.

If you would like to visit friends or family or sightsee on your own outside of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, we suggest that you plan for time after the end of the program. The Coady International Institute will not be responsible for organizing or covering the costs of any personal travel.

Will I have to find my own mentor?

The program has a pool of mentors who are committed to supporting program participants. Program facilitators will identify a suitable mentor for you from this pool but are also open to your suggestions. The decision will be made in consultation with you on the best match for your capacity enhancement.

Can I suggest my own mentor?

We will welcome suggestions from participants on potential mentors. The suggestions will be considered alongside other potential mentors identified by the course facilitators for you. A decision will be made based on the best match for your capacity enhancement.

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