Singapore Leaders Network Fellowship
The Singapore Leaders Network Fellowship (SGLN Fellowship) is a prestigious leadership development programme for mid-to-senior level Singaporean leaders. It is designed to prepare participants for global leadership roles, with a focus on general management and leadership in a global setting. Participants will be addressed and known as SGLN Fellows.
The SGLN Fellowship is aimed at global-minded Singaporean leaders who have demonstrated leadership success in their career, either in organisations or as entrepreneurs.
Annual cohort-based programme, with the pioneer cohort commencing in January 2024
SGLN Fellows will serve as role models for the wider community through their active participation beyond the events of the programme
SGLN Fellows benefit from being part of a lifelong community of Singaporean leaders in global leadership roles
Admission to the SGLN Fellowship is based on a rigorous application process that includes a video presentation, personal essays, and reference letters
There are five components of the SGLN Fellowship:
Leadership training module (4 days in person) – Compulsory
Mentoring programme (min. 5 sessions) – Compulsory
Action Learning Project – Compulsory
Virtual workshops (3 sessions) – Strongly encouraged
Networking events (3 sessions) – Strongly encouraged
Display new perspectives and motivation to seek out regional/global job exposures to prepare for global leadership roles
Embrace a complex, ambiguous environment
Create and leverage networks and communicate with clarity and ‘heart’ for impact
Embrace and manage diversity by being sensitive to the cultural context and exercising cultural flexibility
Overview & Timeline
Key SGLN Fellowship Dates in 2024
23rd Jan, Tuesday: Programme Launch (In-person, 6 – 8.30pm at Catapult)
5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Feb, Monday to Thursday: 4 Full Days In-person Leadership Training Module at Catapult
28th Feb, Wednesday: Onboarding for Mentorship Programme (Virtual 7 – 8pm)
1st Mar, Thursday: Start of Mentorship Programme (Connect with mentor)
19th Mar, Tuesday: First Networking Event (In-person, 8.30 – 10.30am)
16th Apr, Tuesday: First Virtual Workshop (Virtual, 6 – 9pm on Zoom)
21st May, Tuesday: Second Networking Event (In-person, 12 – 2pm)
25th Jun, Tuesday: Second Virtual Workshop (Virtual, 6 – 9pm on Zoom)
23rd Jul, Tuesday: Third Networking Event (In-person, 6.30 – 8.30pm)
20th Aug, Tuesday: Third Virtual Workshop (Virtual, 6 – 9pm on Zoom)
20th Sep, Friday: Close of Mentorship Programme
Key Learning Elements
Interactive and engaging activities that allow participants to learn by doing and reflect on the experiences
Increase participants’ sensitivity to the leadership challenges & opportunities in operating in regional and global roles
Action Learning Project
Working collaboratively in a diverse team to address real-world problem/need
Discussions / Dialogues
Sharing and exchange with leaders and trailblazers
Personal / Group Reflections
Reflect, leverage on knowledge, and share insights with fellow participants
Profiling Assessment (Learning Agility)
Shift mindsets and heart sets to be a global leader who is agile, flexible, and embraces diversity
Eligibility & Application
Currently at mid-to-senior leadership level
Preferably a minimum of 10 years of work experience
Executives with identified potential and strong aspirations to take on global leadership roles within the next five years
Overseas work experience will be an advantage
Open to both company-nominated and self-nominated applicants, with priority given to the former
Compulsory attendance at programme launch on 23rd January 2024
100% attendance for the 4-day in-person leadership training module from 5th to 8th February 2024
Minimum of 5 mentoring sessions in the mentoring programme between March to September 2024
Compulsory participation and completion of group Action Learning Project between February to September 2024
For year 1, attendance at virtual workshops and networking events are strongly encouraged
Beyond year 1, SGLN Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend at least 2 SGLN Fellowship virtual workshops and/or networking events each year
Accountability Partner / Supervisor Commitment to Support Participant
Company-nominated participants are required to secure the commitment of their HR/supervisor to attend the programme launch on 23rd January 2024 and conduct check-ins with them
Self-nominated participants are strongly encouraged to identify an accountability partner to attend the programme launch on 23rd January 2024 and conduct check-ins with them
Programme Effectiveness Evaluation
Company-nominated participants are required to participate in the evaluation of programme effectiveness, and also secure the commitment of their HR/supervisor to do the same
Self-nominated participants are required to participate in the evaluation of programme effectiveness
Finance Commitment (Security Deposit)
Upon successful programme placement, a security deposit of S$1,000 is payable for both company-nominated and self-nominated participants, which will be refunded in full upon completion of the in-person leadership training module in February 2024
Current Leadership Performance
Do you exhibit outstanding leadership and work performance?
Global Leadership Potential
Do you have global career ambitions and potential?
Do you exhibit a growth mindset to continue learning and growing as a leader?
Do you have potential to give back to the community?
Diversity of Cohort
We are committed to building a diverse community of participants
Video presentation (up to 3 minutes)
Essay questions (two essays up to 300 words each)
Reference letters (two, one from a current/former supervisor and another from someone you have collaborated with on an activity outside work)
1. Professional Details
Professional and work information
LinkedIn and CV
2. Video presentation
Up to 3 minutes max
Please share with us a video introduction of yourself and why you should be considered for the SGLN Fellowship.
Let us know what you hope to get out of the SGLN Fellowship.
3. Essay questions
Two essays (up to 300 words each)
Tell us about your personal experience working with a regional or global leader. How did this person make a significant impact on your own professional career and leadership growth?
If selected as an SGLN Fellow, what is the value you can bring to the SGLN Fellowship and the wider community? Please elaborate on your ideas and approaches.
4. Reference letters
Two reference letters are required from two distinct referees; one from a current/former supervisor; and another from someone you have collaborated with on an activity outside work, who is not personally related to you.
Referees should address the following 2 guiding prompts in their reference letters:
Tell us how you know the applicant and in what capacity you have worked with them (e.g., in what role, how many years).
From your perspective, does this applicant have the potential to taken on a global or regional leadership role within the next five years? Please elaborate and share specific examples of the applicant’s qualities and potential.
Important Application Dates (Q4 2023)
18th Oct, Wednesday: Applications Open
1st Dec, Friday: Applications Close
Week of 18th Dec: Successful applicants will be notified via email in that week
By End Dec: Verification of identity and contact details, payment for S$1,000 security deposit made. This security deposit is refunded in full upon completion of the four-days in-person leadership training module in February 2024.
How many participants is the SGLN Fellowship taking in?
We aim to have 50 qualified participants in the pioneer batch.
How will the programme be delivered?
The SGLN Fellowship is a blended learning programme comprising in-person physical and online sessions.
Where will the sessions take place?
The programme launch and the face-to-face module will take place in Catapult @ 1 Rochester Park, #02-01 Rochester Commons, Singapore 139212. Venues of other sessions will be confirmed at a later date.
How much does it cost to enrol in/for the programme?
There is no financial cost for participants to enrol in the programme. However, we expect all successful participants to be able to commit to the programme, which will include a refundable security deposit.
Do I receive a certificate upon completion?
Yes, upon successful completion of the programme in end-September 2024, participants will receive a certificate of completion as long as they have fulfilled the requirements of the programme.
What happens if my company's regional or global roles are not available, are there other opportunities for me?
The SGLN Fellowship is a holistic leadership development programme. We cannot guarantee that by participating in this programme, you will automatically be eligible for such opportunities within your company. We strongly encourage that you have these conversations with your HR and/or your supervisor.
Who can I contact for further information/assistance?
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a representative of the team will get back to you accordingly.
Who should be applying for the SGLN Fellowship?
If you are a mid-to-senior level leader who is a Singaporean citizen aspiring to get into a global leadership role within 5 years, this programme is for you.
I am an overseas-based Singaporean citizen who is very keen to participate in the SGLN Fellowship. Can I apply for the programme, and do I have to be in Singapore physically to enrol in it?
You need not be based in Singapore but attendance for some of the modules as indicated on the website are mandatory and will require travel to Singapore for those dates.
How does SGLN define "global leadership"?
For the purposes of the SGLN Fellowship, global leadership roles are broadly defined as roles that involve managing a regional or global function or business.
Is there a penalty for dropping out of the programme or missing some of the compulsory modules?
You are strongly discouraged from doing so. There are no make-up sessions for the compulsory modules. All participants are expected to meet the 100% attendance requirement for these modules. Participants who drop out or miss some of the compulsory modules will invoke the forfeiture of the security deposit and your continued participation in the SGLN Fellowship. However, for genuine exigencies, we will consider them accordingly on a case-by-case basis.
How will the profiling assessment be used?
The profiling assessment is for your own self-development and will not be made available to your organisation. You are encouraged to use the assessment report in your conversations with your mentor to draw up personalised development plans.
Can I opt out of the mentoring component of the SGLN Fellowship?
No. Participation in the mentoring component as a mentee is compulsory.
Do I get to choose my mentor/mentee?
No, but you will be given the option to indicate your preferences, and more details will be shared during the programme itself, before the launch of the mentoring component in March 2024.
If I do not see eye to eye with my assigned mentor/mentee, can I request for a change of mentor/mentee halfway?
The pairing will be done with due consideration to the mentee’s developmental needs. However, in the event that the relationship remains untenable, a request for a change will be considered subject to mentors’ availabilities.
What is an action learning project?
An action learning project is a collaborative, problem-solving process that involves a small group of people working together to address a real-world problem/need. The goal of an action learning project is to learn and grow as individuals and as a team, while also making a positive impact on the organisation or community.
Can I choose the team members of my Action Learning Project?
No. These Action Learning Projects will mirror the diversity of the real world workplaces in these global/regional teams. This will be an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills from the programme topic on “cultural flexibility” to work effectively with your assigned teams.
Why are there check ins with my supervisor/HR?
The check ins are opportunities for you to share with your supervisor/HR how you have benefited from the programme, secure their support, and remove barriers (if any) to apply what you have learnt at your workplace.
As an individual participant, who should be my accountability partner?
Your accountability partner should ideally be a senior leader in your current organisation who works with you.
What happens if I am not a company-sponsored participant? How will these check ins work?
You can have these conversations with your accountability partner. You can also raise the challenges you have faced in applying your learning to a neutral third party, like your mentor, for guidance!