Synergos 2013 Senior Fellows Program for Civil Society Leaders

Deadline: August 15, 2013

Synergos recruits a new class of Senior Fellows every year. Applications are invited from individuals in civil society organizations from anywhere in the world who possess exceptional leadership qualities and are committed to working across sectors to make a positive contribution in addressing issues of poverty alleviation, equity or social justice.

The Senior Fellows program links extraordinary civil society leaders in a worldwide learning, service and action network. The network aims to strengthen the capacity and opportunities for these leaders to be catalysts and play a major role in partnerships that address the systemic causes of poverty and promote sustainable social change.


Through the three-year fellowship,

  • Fellows have the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge, and experience through peer-to-peer learning, annual and regional meetings, learning journeys, workshops, and contact with eminent persons.
  • They exchange innovative ideas, models, and tools in the development field, which Synergos distributes to a wider audience.
  • The Fellows also have opportunities to connect and collaborate with other distinguished change makers in the development field aligned with Synergos, including philanthropists and foundations, non-governmental organizations, businesses, governments, global institutions and academics.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Individuals applying to the Senior Fellows Network will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Have experience and/or intend to play a leading role in multi-stakeholder partnership processes to address complex development challenges;
  • Have a demonstrable commitment to addressing the systemic causes of poverty and inequity and present a compelling vision for change in their area of work;
  • Have a record of distinguished accomplishment as a leader addressing issues of poverty, inequity and/or social injustice;
  • Currently are in a full-time executive position of a civil society organization that focuses on poverty alleviation, social justice or community development;
  • Have a demonstrable commitment to the participation of and accountability to the community they serve, as well as credibility and legitimacy from that community to speak authoritatively about its issues;
  • Be committed to developing and enhancing leadership qualities that successfully create and sustain effective working relationships among key partners and stakeholders across society’s sectors;
  • Demonstrate personal characteristics suitable for network collaboration;
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English.

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