Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sauvé Scholars Program, Canada


The Sauvé Scholars Program exists for young leaders from across the globe who want to change the world. The Scholars are chosen above all on the basis of criteria laid out by the Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé:

  • Initiative
  • Motivation
  • Vision
  • Imagination
  • Demonstrated communication skills
  • Awareness of international and domestic issues
  • A strong desire to effect change

Sauvé Scholars are highly motivated independent thinkers between 23 and 31 years of age with demonstrated skills as agents of change, who are offered a unique opportunity to spend nine months away from their studies, careers or other formal commitments, for a period of reflection and self-realization – both personal and professional.

In August of each year, up to 14 young men and women from around the world gather inMontreal – one of North America’s most vibrant international, multicultural cities – to embark on a rewarding personal and intellectual program combining reflection, study, travel and community engagement along with participation in conferences, seminars, cultural and sports events.

The academic home of the Sauvé Scholars is internationally-renowned McGill University, in the heart of Montreal, where the student body of about 33,000 includes students from some 160 countries. Through a formal Memorandum of Understanding, Sauvé Scholars enjoy a unique status at McGill: they may audit courses at the undergraduate or post-graduate level (but not for credit) and may participate in the array of university activities and facilities for every taste and interest.

In addition, the Sauvé Scholars enjoy an enriching private program of seminars with eminent journalists, political figures and leaders in business, academia and the arts.

Eligible Candidates

Yes, if you are:

  • Between 23 and 30 years old on 31 December 2011
  • A highly motivated self-starter
  • A committed agent of change
  • Fluent in English

Yes, if you have:

  • A minimum of 2-3 years of professional and/or work experience (paid or unpaid). Experience may include positions in a volunteer or internship capacity
  • Completed your undergraduate education, or the equivalent, by 31 July 2011 (advanced degrees are welcome but not a requirement)
  • A record of accomplishment and ability to meet challenges
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Proven communications skills
  • A highly developed curiosity about the world
  • A strong interest in international and domestic issues
  • An eagerness to engage with the complex issues of the day

Yes, if you possess these qualities:

  • Initiative
  • Vision
  • Imagination
  • Determination to achieve your goals

Yes, if you are seeking the time and opportunity to:

  • Grow, both personally and professionally
  • Enhance your ability to effect change
  • Undertake or complete an important project or field of study

Being a Sauvé Scholar is not for the faint of heart. It is challenging. The environment is intellectually stimulating, filled with human and physical resources. With networks enriched and expanded, horizons sharpened and refocused, it is a year of incredible personal growth.

There is no typical Sauvé Scholar, no pre-established profile, other than demonstrated achievement in his or her chosen field, and evidence of the will, vision and determination to effect change for the betterment of society. Candidates are expected to have a solid academic record and, while attending university, to have taken an active part as a student or community leader. Professional experience (whether paid or volunteer) is an important asset.

Alumni and current Scholars represent a range of academic disciplines, professional experience, community activities and interests. They have come from fields such as the arts, advocacy, economics, education, entrepreneurship, the environment, government, media and communications, medicine, and social and community development. Their proposed projects and research reflect the same diversity as their backgrounds.

The 100 alumni and current Scholars have come from 45 countries and every region of the world. Their countries of origin include Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bhutan, Brazil, Burma, China, Egypt, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom the United States and Zambia. Every year there are a few Canadians to guide their colleagues through the mysteries of Canadian customs, culture and – dare we say – weather.


To initiate the application process, please complete the Basic Information Form online.

Once you have successfully submitted the Basic Information Form, you will automatically receive an E-mail from the Sauvé Scholars Selection Committee confirming that you have initiated an Application. That E-mail will contain your Applicant Code, the Application Form, which you, the Applicant, must complete and submit, the Nomination Form, which must be completed by someone who is not related to you and who knows you in an academic, professional or personal capacity, as well as further instructions about the First Stage of the Application Process.

Once you have initiated an Application by submitting the Basic Information Form, there are three stages in the Application Process, as follows:


Nominators must submit the Nomination Form and Applicants must submit the Application Form, including four Personal Statements. All materials may be submitted in English or French.

Nomination Form:

The Nomination Form must be completed and submitted by the individual who nominates the Applicant to be a Sauvé Scholar. This person may be a teacher/professor, colleague/ mentor/ peer or anyone else chosen by the Applicant, but may not be a member of his/her immediate family. It is recommended that Applicants immediately secure the Nominator`s consent, and forward the Nomination Form to him/her. The Nomination Form includes instructions for the Nominator on how to submit the completed form electronically. The Application will be not be considered unless the Nomination Form is submitted by the Application Deadline.

Application Form:

Please note that the Selection Committee looks for clear, concise and compelling personal statements, as Candidates are chosen on the basis of (1) what they have accomplished and (2) what they propose to do during the course of the Program. The Application Form requires Applicants to write Personal Statements in response to the following four questions:

a) PERSONAL STATEMENT (maximum 500 words)
Please provide a short statement telling the Selection Committee about yourself in order to demonstrate your value as an asset and contributor to the Program. In outlining your personal history, experience and achievements, you should address how you would benefit from the unique opportunities of the Sauvé Scholars Program at this moment in your life.

b) VISION OF CHANGE (maximum four sentences)
Jeanne Sauvé, former Governor General of Canada and Founder of the Sauvé Scholars Program once said: ``Leaders must dream of changing the world. They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all their energy to that purpose.`` In four sentences or less, what is the specific Vision of Change that you would like to launch as a Sauvé Scholar and to pursue afterwards?

c) INDIVIDUAL PROJECT PROPOSAL (maximum 500 words)
The Individual Project is a central element of the Sauvé Scholars Program. Please provide a clear and concise statement about what you plan to achieve — personally, professionally and/or academically — during the course of the Program and explain how it relates to your past experience and to your Vision of Change.

The living experience is an integral part of the Sauvé Scholars Program. Please explain why you would like to live in a community of Scholars and what you think it would bring you at this stage in your life, and what you think you could contribute to the living and learning experiences of your fellow Scholars.


The deadline for receiving all completed First Stage application materials (both the Nomination Form and the Application Form, including any accompanying documents) is MIDNIGHT on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.


Maison Jeanne Sauvé
1514, Docteur-Penfield Avenue
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3G 1B9

Phone 514 848 9292
Fax 514 848 9409

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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