|Tuesday, May 21, 2013|
Last Updated: Thursday, October 04, 2012 12:52:19 PM ET
Do you want to make an impact? Would you like to become a globally-minded and socially-conscious leader? Consider applying for the PFF Community Leadership Program, which provides life-changing experiences to students with innovative action-based project ideas that aim to contribute to positive and sustainable change in international locations.
**Application Deadline is Monday, February 25, 2013**
Read about the 2012 Fellows
Examples of past project applications:
• Establishing a micro-credit institution
Queen's University has identified internationalization as a key focus for the development of its academic and co-curricular programs. The Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) is a recognized leader across Canada in emergency out-of-country support for students, and through the development of competencies necessary for international and intercultural connections.
QUIC is pleased to offer the PFF Community Leadership Program, funded by the Pathy Family Foundation, a private family foundation which invests in leadership and education initiatives. This is a four-year program (2010-2014) for undergraduate or graduate Queen's students to undertake up to 10 fellowships of eight-twelve months. For the 2012-13 year, up to 2 fellowships will be chosen. The program seeks to develop leadership skills with projects that take place in international locations.
QUIC will assist students to identify, plan and deliver these projects in conjunction with university academic departments and service units. QUIC will offer orientation, training programs, in-field and re-entry support to enhance the health and safety of the students participating in the program. The Fellows chosen for this program will return to participate in campus activities with the aim of deepening Queen's understanding of the social and cultural context of the communities within which the projects were undertaken.
The Fellowship value will be a maximum of $20,000 for an eight-month project, or $30,000 for a twelve-month project, based upon the Fellow’s proposed budget and project length. Proposed projects should contribute towards positive change to an international community in demonstrated need. Proposed projects must be feasible within the proposed time, budget, goals and knowledge/skills of the Fellow, all of which must be outlined in the application.
Projects may vary in scope from, for example, creating a sports or arts school program to conducting health promotion work. It is essential that the countries where all projects take place be DFAIT warning free (at levels 1 or 2). If the proposed project community will be a remote setting far from partner support services, it is recommended that two students go to the same location for health and safety reasons. However, if two students go together, it will be considered a joint project and they will only receive one fellowship award for the proposed project.
The Selection Committee will give special consideration to innovative and entrepreneurial projects of social and intercultural significance. It is essential that applications are focused on the potential on-going sustainability of the project, whether by extension of the project or by perceived sustainable change in the community, beyond the life of the Fellowship. The projects will not require direct affiliation with a sponsoring organization, although support and collaboration with a local partner (e.g. a non-profit organization or local business) is essential. The more the applicant demonstrates support and direct collaboration from an organization, the stronger the application will be.
It is essential that pro-active, leadership-oriented applicants have the appropriate training, experience and adaptability skills to be able to implement an effective project, and be prepared to cope in potentially challenging, isolated contexts. Demonstrated international experience and familiarity with cross-cultural issues will be considered an asset. Applicants should preferably also have had previous experience in volunteer/service-learning opportunities, and be familiar or intend to gain familiarity with the spoken language of the host country.
If you have questions about the PFF Community Leadership Program, or would like to make an appointment to learn more about the program with the Education Abroad Advisor, Laura Marchese-Smith, please email email@example.com or call 613-533-2604.