Swedish Institute (SI) Leader Lab 2023 (Funded to Sweden)

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.

Programme Details

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 

The 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.  


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.


Applicant must:

  • 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.

Evaluation Criteria

Each application is evaluated according to the following criteria: 

  • Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: To what extent does the work of the candidate fall within the scope of SDG 16? 
  • Organisational impact: What capacity does the applicant’s organisation have to drive development within SDG 16? 
  • Impact within organisation: What capacity does the applicant have to impact strategic decisions within his/her organisation? 
  • Drive and leadership capacity: Has the applicant demonstrated drive and enterprise – for example by undertaking new initiatives?  
  • Advocacy: Is the applicant working with advocacy in their daily work? If not, possibilities to benefit from the programme will be limited. 
  • Teams: Is the applicant collaborating with others in their daily work? If not, possibilities to benefit from the programme will be limited. 
  • The candidate’s overall potential to both benefit from and contribute to the programme.


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

  • Register your profile in the application portal. 
  • Select what programme you would like to apply for. 
  • Answer all the questions for the different sections in the application portal. 
  • Upload your CV under the document section. 
  • After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email. 
  • 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. Note that it is mandatory to make the video recording.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit SI Leader Lab.

By Bello

Ismail Bello is a content creator and enthusiast who is passionate about youth development.