Swedish Institute (SI) Leader Lab Leadership programme 2023 (Fully funded) in Sweden: APPLY NOW!

Apply for the Swedish Institute (SI) Leader Lab Leadership programme 2023 (Fully funded) in Sweden


Stockholm, Sweden

Host Organization

Swedish Institute

Target audience

Eastern Europe, South Asia or the MENA region

Application Deadline: 30 November 2022

SI Leader Lab Leadership programme– Connecting leaders in civil society

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 Leadership 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 leadership 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 

The leadership programme combines online workshops, in both regional and cross-regional learning groups, with regular coaching support. In May, all 90 programme participants will come together in Stockholm for an intensive week of onsite learning that deepens the experience and enhances collaboration.  

The leadership programme is an opportunity to develop your organisation’s advocacy work and strategic outreach. It is also an opportunity to grow as a leader, exchange knowledge, form new connections and test out innovative tools and methods with peers. 

The leadership programme features personal as well as professional development. It enables you to not only grow as a leader with renewed confidence and insights but also explore and develop how you and your team can lead and organise your work even more effectively to build a sustainable culture and increase your impact.  

To support the organisational implementation of the programme tools and methods, SI welcomes colleagues within the same organisations to apply to the programme. All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis, but organisations with more than one qualified applicant tend to be prioritised in the selection process. 

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 

Am I eligible to apply? 

Applicants to SI Leader Lab Leadership programme 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. 

Please note that the SI Leader Lab is a demanding programme that uses experienced-based learning and reflection as a tool for personal growth. Therefore, it’s recommended that all participants are mentally well-balanced.  

Programme timeline

  • Submission period for applications: 1 – 30 November 2022 
  • Selection period: 16 – 21 December 2022 
  • Notification of acceptance: 16 January 2023 
  • Online workshops and coaching: Mid-February – April 2023 
  • Onsite sessions in Stockholm (3 regions, 90+ participants): 2 – 10 May 2023 (incl. travel days)   
  • Programme wrap up, online: Early June 2023  

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 

How to apply

1. Apply

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. We 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. We wish you the best of luck! 



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