2023 Swedish Institute Leader Lab Civil Society Leaders in MENA Region (Fully Funded)

Deadline: November 30, 2022.

Are you a leader in an organisation working for a more just, peaceful, and inclusive society? SI Leader Lab is a leadership programme for civil society leaders in Eastern Europe, South Asia or the MENA region who want to discover innovative tools and new forms of collaboration. Apply to SI Leader Lab if you want to grow as a leader, develop your organisation’s advocacy work and exchange knowledge in a network of inspirational peers.

SI Leader Lab is designed to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations to drive successful advocacy work linked to Sustainable Development Goal 16 (promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies). The programme brings together influential civil society leaders who are open to new digital solutions and innovative methods. The network consists of peers from across various sub-sectors in civil society and provides the participants with broad input from different spheres in the field. 

There are three parallel programmes with an equal number of participants from three regions: 

  • 30 participants from South Asia 
  • 30 participants from the Middle East and North Africa 
  • 30 participants from Eastern Europe 


Applicants to SI Leader Lab must meet the following requirements (may be subject to change): 

  • Have a leading position in a civil society organisation or network working toward Sustainable Development Goal 16, within the 2030 Agenda. This can, for example, be an organisation working within such areas as peace and security, equality and inclusion, transparency and anti-corruption, accountability, and access to free information and media integrity. 
  • Work with a team in which they have a leadership role (formal or informal). 
  • Be between the age of 25 and 45 years old (born 1977 to 1998). 
  • Have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English. 
  • Be a citizen of Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine or Yemen. 
  • Be available to participate in all parts of the programme. 
  • Be prepared to implement tools, competencies and knowledge they gain from the programme in their team and organisation. 

No exceptions can be made to any of the eligibility requirements. 


SI Leader Lab will give you:

  • Personal insights as a leader: how to lead yourself and others through increased self-awareness and increased understanding of group development. 
  • A stronger capacity in your organisation to successfully lead and organise teamwork.  
  • A stronger capacity in your organisation to lead and implement effective advocacy work.  
  • The possibility to share and build knowledge in a network of experts, to inspire each other and share experiences on common challenges 


Costs covered and arranged by Swedish Institute

  • Your flights to and from Stockholm.   
  • Your accommodation and meals in Stockholm during the programme in Sweden 
  • Your insurance during the programme Stockholm during the programme in Sweden.   
  • All training material online and onsite 


Only applicants who have submitted a complete application will be considered for the programme. To apply for SI Leader Lab, please go to the application portal and select what programme you would like to apply for: Apply online! – Swedish Institute: Leadership application portal (si.se)   

These are the steps you need to go through to submit your application 

  1. Register your profile in the application portal. 
  2. Select what programme you would like to apply for (SI Leader Lab becomes available on 1 November). 
  3. Answer all the questions for the different sections in the application portal (found in the left-hand menu). 
  4. Upload your CV under the document section. 
  5. After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email. 
  6. You will also get an email with a link to record a short video. Follow the instructions in the email. You will have to record the video within 24 hours of receiving the link. It will take less than ten minutes to record the video. You will get two questions to answer within two minutes each. They ask you to make the recording in a quiet setting and, if possible, use headphones with a built-in microphone. Please note that it is mandatory to make the video recording. 


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