Amina Malko Fund for Refugee Leadership

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The Canadian Council for Refugees offers funding to assist refugees who aspire to leadership in the CCR to participate in three CCR meetings over the course of a year (two consultations and one set of working group meetings). The funding covers air/train fare to the meetings and accommodation (but not other costs such as food or ground transportation). The registration fee will be waived.

This form is directed towards people who have participated in at least one CCR meeting already and who are interested in considering a leadership position within the CCR. Other people with refugee experience should apply under the Amina Malko Fund for Refugee Participation.

Applicants must:

  • Have had the experience of being a refugee.
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be affiliated with an organization that is a CCR member.
  • Have attended at least one CCR meeting
  • Be interested in potentially taking on a leadership position within the CCR
  • Have the time to attend 3 CCR meetings over the course of the year.
  • Hold a position with a member organization (exceptions may be made, but generally it is difficult for people not working in the field to participate fully in the CCR)
  • Fill in and submit the application form, together with a letter of support from their organization. Applications may be received at any time during the year.

The CCR will use the following criteria in making the selection:

  • ability to contribute to the CCR (this will be the main criterion).
  • evidence of an ongoing commitment to participation in the CCR.
  • the interest of the person in preparing for a leadership position within the CCR
  • financial need
  • gender balance
  • ethnic diversity

Amina Malko Refugee Leadership Fund

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Gender: Female / Male

Are you 25 years old or younger?  Yes / No

Name of CCR member organization to which you are affiliated:


Have you had the experience of being a refugee?


Which refugee community or communities do you consider yourself to represent?


What is your past involvement in refugee or settlement issues (eg. volunteer work, community activism, advocacy on cases or issues)?


The Amina Malko Refugee Leadership Fund is intended for people who cannot otherwise afford to attend CCR meetings.  Please explain your financial need.


Do you understand that the Amina Malko Fund will cover only your air/train fare and shared hotel accommodation, and that you must arrange with your organization for the other costs (e.g. meals, ground transportation)?


Which CCR meetings have you attended?   Please comment on the meeting(s) you attended.



Can you commit to participating in 3 meetings of the CCR over the next year?


Please explain briefly why you are interested in participating in the CCR.  Which issues are of particular interest to you?



How do you plan to use what you learn/gain from attending the CCR meetings?



Are you interested in becoming a leader within the CCR? What leadership role you are considering and why? 

Name and contact information of a reference person (preferably someone who knows the CCR):



In addition to the form, you must submit a letter from your organization confirming that they support your participation and will cover expenses not covered by the CCR.  The letter should also state what they see as the benefits of your attending the CCR.

Please submit the completed application form and letter from your organization to CCR at