Are you under 30 years of age and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, about to graduate from full-time undergraduate or Masters level study at McGill, uOttawa, Queen's or StFX?

Do you have a meaningful connection with a community in Canada or anywhere in the world? And an innovative idea of how that community can be strengthened or developed?

Would you like to turn that idea into reality in the next year, with ongoing Coady Institute support to help you do it?

If you answered "Yes!" - an OceanPath Fellowship might be for you!




About the OceanPath Fellowship


The OceanPath Fellowship provides community-focused experiential learning opportunities for graduating students to become active and effective change-makers, bringing new ideas and working closely with communities to foster sustainable and positive social change in Canada and around the world.

The Coady Institute is excited to partner with the following universities in offering this Fellowship: McGill University, Queen's University, University of Ottawa and St. Francis Xavier University.

The year-long Fellowship 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 completed plan 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, immunisations and health insurance; and
  • initiative funding, to cover 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.

The Fellowship also provides participants with leadership development and one-on-one coaching to support fellows' personal learning throughout their fellowship experience.


MASTERS OF OUR OWN DESTINY


Program Schedule


Following review of applications, up to 20 shortlisted candidates will be invited and funded to attend a centrally conducted Selection Day  at one of the partner universities, consisting of participatory and interactive activities with the other candidates along with an individual interview with the Selection Committee. All shortlisted candidates MUST make themselves available to attend Selection Day on Thursday March 2nd, 2017 (and potentially travel days either side)..

Foundations
for
Community
Change

Pre-community
planning

Final
planning
workshop

        Community phase             

Debriefing &
Evaluation

         
Coady
3 weeks
  
June 12 - 30,
2017
Home locations
2 months
July - August
2017
Coady
1 week
August 28 - September 1
2017
In communities
9 months
September 2017 - May 2018
Coady
1 week
May 28 - June 1, 2018


The 2017/18 cohort of up to 12 Fellows will participate in:

  • June 12-30, 2017. The Foundations for Community Change (FCC) experiential learning component on-campus at the Coady Institute during which Fellows are introduced to the Coady approach to development; self-assessment and analysis of leadership styles and interactions with others; introduction to Fellows' personal coaching sessions; working equitably with communities; and participatory project planning and management, including such topics as financial management and monitoring, evaluation and learning.

  • July - August 2017. A pre-community planning phase during which Fellows return home and further develop their initiatives based on learning from FCC. Includes regular check-ins with peers and Coady, along with further distance-based learning.

  • Aug 28 - Sep 1, 2017. A final planning workshop at the Coady Institute that provides opportunity for feedback and further development of Fellows' concepts as well as preparing them for their engagement with the communities in which they will work, whether local, national or international. Sessions include such topics as equitable community engagement, Fellows' roles and responsibilities, ongoing personal development, safety and security concerns, and any final logistic and administrative requirements.

  • September 2017 - May 2018. The community phase is when Fellows will work in and with their identified communities. During this phase Fellows will receive ongoing support and distance learning from Coady, as well as regular sessions with the fellows' personal coach.

  • May 28 - June 1, 2018. A debriefing and evaluation at the Coady Institute when Fellows will evaluate personal and professional growth, outcomes from the community phase, next steps, and visioning of possibilities in their journey as change-makers.

Key Dates

October, 2016 Application opens for 2017-18 cohort

January 12, 2017 Application closes

January 19, 2017 Reference submissions due
Shortlisting of candidates

February 17, 2017 Shortlisting complete

March 2, 2017 Selection Day (final selection of Fellows)
Note: This is a change from the previously-advertised date.

June 12-30, 2017 Foundations for Community Change

Aug 28 - Sep 1, 2017

Final Planning Workshop
September, 2017 Community Phase commences

May, 2018 Community Phase concludes

May 28 - June 1, 2018 Debriefing & Evaluation



How To Apply


Applications for the 2017-18 cohort have closed. Applications for the 2018-19 cohort will open in late summer/early fall of 2017.

This Fellowship is only for graduating fulltime students from McGill, uOttawa, Queen's and StFX universities who are 29 years old or under and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Complete details of eligibility can be found here.

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Contact Information

  PO Box 5000, Antigonish, NS
902 867-5020
1 866 820 7835
   coadyyouth@stfx.ca
   @Coady Youth
   Coady Youth

OceanPath Fellowship, in Partnership with the Pathy Family Foundation

The Pathy Family Foundation is a private family foundation based in Montreal, Canada. Founded in 2007, the Foundation works in partnership with dedicated organizations worldwide that empower individuals and communities to generate and sustain positive social change. PFF prioritizes projects and programs that support refugees and newcomers in Canada, people affected by natural and man-made disasters, youth and children at risk, women and girls facing gender-based violence, economically disadvantaged communities, human trafficking and slavery survivors, Canadian indigenous communities and emerging leaders. We support initiatives that empower these individuals through education, social protection and community-based health.

The Pathy Family Foundation does not respond to letters of inquiry or unsolicited requests for funding.

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