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Open Call for Scholarships for Executive Education Program in Canada 2024

Call for applications closed on: April 20th, 2024

Macedonia2025 is thrilled to announce an open call for 4 scholarships for its Executive Education Program in Canada offering Leadership and Strategic Execution Programs in collaboration with the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

General information about the Program

The Macedonia2025 Executive Education Program in Canada offers talented Macedonian executives a comprehensive North American experience, featuring access to top executive education courses and genuine business exposure in North American companies.

The program aims to actively and continuously support talented young professionals in the country to realize their full personal and leadership potential by increasing the participant’s competencies and performance in a continuously changing global business environment. It also offers a unique networking opportunity that can help export-oriented companies promote their products and services to the global markets.

Smith School of Business at Queen’s University is one of Canada’s leading business schools, renowned for its excellence in management education and research. Accredited by AACSB International, it offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs tailored to meet diverse professional needs. With a focus on a global perspective, state-of-the-art facilities, and a strong alumni network, the Smith School of Business prepares students and executives to thrive in today’s dynamic business landscape, making impactful contributions to their fields and communities.

Application Criteria

The target participants for this program are top Macedonian executives, high-level managers and proven entrepreneurs at companies located in Macedonia who plan to develop their professional careers in Macedonia and to contribute towards the economic development of the country and who are fulfilling the following application criteria:


• Have at least 5 years of relevant experience in a managerial position
• Are willing to give back to the community and mentor younger professionals
• Have possibilities for company expansion, growth within the company, and sharing knowledge within the company
• Are preferably, representatives of an export-oriented company
• Are eager to learn, upgrade skills, and implement the knowledge within the company
• Have excellent proficiency in the English language
• Can adapt to working with international teams
• Adaptability to international teamwork
• Candidates without prior exposure to foreign education programs and female candidates will be given preference

Program Structure

Participants in the Macedonia2025 scholarship program will experience a comprehensive and enriching executive education module designed to enhance leadership skills and strategic execution capabilities.

The program structure includes:

Duration and Timing: Participants can engage in one executive education module, spanning 5 working days, offered either in May/June 2024 or Nov/Dec 2024.

Financial Coverage: Macedonia2025 covers partly cost of the enrollment, tuition, and administrative fees associated with the selected executive program, while the participant is expected to participate with 2500 EUR (this amount may vary due to changes in the program fee)

Travel and Accommodation: Participants are responsible for covering co-share of enrollment fees, financing their travel, visa expenditures, and accommodation expenses outside of the ones during the course.

Internship/Job Shadowing: Participants have the option to undertake internship or job shadowing activities within a Canadian company, tailored to their industry and background. Internship/ job shadowing is not guaranteed.

Networking Opportunities: Participants will have the unique opportunity to network with Macedonia2025 members and supporters residing in Canada at an exclusive event hosted by Macedonia2025 members.

Offered Executive Courses:
Leadership: https://smith.queensu.ca/executiveeducation/programs/leadership.php
Strategic Execution: https://smith.queensu.ca/executiveeducation/programs/strategic-execution.php

Executive Course Selection: Applicants can choose one executive course from the list of proposed options.

Duration of Stay: Each participant is encouraged to consider staying in Canada for at least two to three weeks, depending on the duration of the secured internship/job shadowing.

Facilities Provided by Macedonia2025

Selected candidates will benefit from various services provided by Macedonia2025, including:


• Interview scheduling with Selection committee members
• Confirmation letter for visa application
• Enrollment in the chosen program
• Assistance during the program in Canada
• Support in finding a job shadowing company (not guaranteed)
• Networking events with Macedonia2025 members
• Co-sharing cost of the scholarship fee (Program costs CAD 11,000 (excluding tax))

Obligations of Applicants/Companies

Applicants or their respective companies are required to:


• Co-sharing cost of the scholarship fee in the amount of 2.500 Eur (this amount may vary due to changes in the program fee)
• Personally handle visa applications and related documents
• Cover all travel expenses
• Bear accommodation and other additional expenses not covered by the scholarship
• Consider daily living costs ranging from CAD 50 – to CAD 70

How to Apply

To apply, you will need to fill-in the APPLICATION ASSESSMENT FORM, and attach the required documents within. At the end of the process, you should have submitted:

  1. Completed Application Assessment Form;
  2. CV in English (Europass or similar format) (professional resume);
  3. High-resolution Photo;

Selection Process

The selection process will be as follows:
• Open Call announced on March 14th, 2024
• Application deadline: April 20th, 2024
• Evaluation by an independent selection committee
• Shortlisted candidates invited for interview
• Selection based on industry diversity, educational background, achievements, and gender diversity

Location and Accommodation

Programs take place at designated locations: Kington, while the job-shadowing part will be most probably executed in Toronto.
Bear accommodation arrangements and other additional expenses not covered by the scholarship are the responsibility of the candidates.

Important Notices

Scholarship recipients must sign a framework agreement with Macedonia2025, outlining areas of contribution to the organization or the country.

Recipients are required to provide photos and testimonials after completing the program for promotional purposes of the Program.

Alumni are expected to maintain close relations with Macedonia2025, participate in events, and contribute to the organization’s mission.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and strategic execution capabilities.

Apply now and be part of Macedonia2025’s mission to drive economic growth and development in our country.