The OceanPath Fellowship provides graduating full-time students from partner universities (and Queen’s is a partner!) community-focused experiential learning opportunities designed to help them become active and effective change-makers. Successful candidates may receive up to $25,000 to implement their idea for a project that would foster sustainable and positive social change in communities around the world.
The project idea could be something as small as helping a community set up a sports program in a school or as big as changing a country’s health policy, as long as the project can be accomplished and yield benefits to the community within the proposed time and budget, and includes strong sustainability elements. Successful candidates will implement their idea the year after graduation.
The project or initiative is student-led, is designed to create sustainable positive social change, responds to community needs and yields tangible benefits to a community before it concludes.
The year-long program is designed for students who have:
- demonstrated the capacity and potential to develop as effective change-agents;
- a meaningful connection with a community of their choosing, locally, nationally or internationally; and
- EITHER an innovative idea of how this community could be strengthened or developed OR a connection with a positive and sustainable community development initiative in any field already underway within this community that they would like to build upon.
Candidates do not need to develop a complete project at application stage, but rather have an interesting and innovative idea of something that could strengthen the community that can then be further developed in the first few months of the program, informed by the on-campus and distance learning components.
Upon selection to the program, Fellows are provided with up to $25,000 to contribute to:
- a living allowance (including housing, food, local transport and insurance);
- travel and travel-related expenses, to cover airfares to and from home locations and the community (if required), and, for those traveling internationally, such things as visas, immunizations and health insurance; and
- project funding, to cover project-related expenses such as start-up and operational costs.
Integrated throughout the program is the Coady Institute’s innovative and blended approach to citizen-led, community-driven, asset-based community development. On-campus and distance learning educational methods incorporate a participant-focused, flexible learning agenda underpinned by strong adult education principles, technical expertise, and technological support.
For more information about the Fellowship and to access the online application, visit the OceanPath website.
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 2016 (TBD) (Online – Follow the above link)
The program is administered by the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University.