Synergos Senior Fellows Network Program 2014

Synergos Senior Fellows Network Program 2014

Deadline: September 30, 2014

The Synergos Institute Canada is now accepting applications for the Senior Fellows Network. Synergos is looking for #civilsociety leaders working to fight poverty. The Network  is comprised of distinguished international civil society leaders committed to collaborative efforts that address the underlying causes of poverty and inequity. The program links extraordinary civil society leaders in a worldwide learning, service and action network.

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.

Program Requirements

The fellowship begins the January after the recruitment period and concludes the December of the third year of participation (for example, January 2010 to December 2012). During the three-year fellowship, Senior Fellows are expected to:

  • Contribute to the body of knowledge being developed by Synergos to address poverty and increase equity.
  • Attend the annual global meetings, which usually entail international travel, as well as make a meaningful contribution to relevant regional or thematic affinity groups.
  • Be available for at least one peer consulting assignment.
  • Participate in our online community and use it to share skills, knowledge and experience.
  • Make at least one significant contribution to the advancement of the work of other Fellows through an article, presentation or other forms of knowledge sharing.


Synergos will cover Fellows’ expenses directly related to fellowship activities, such as travel and accommodations, if Fellows themselves or their institutions are not in a position to do so. Stipends or other financial disbursement are not provided.

Eligibility 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.

For more information, visit Senior Fellows Network.