Aga Khan Foundation Canada International Youth Fellowship 2023-2024
The Fellowship offers an international development training program and an eight-month overseas placement to recent university graduates and young professionals who are 30 years of age or younger.
Each Fellow spends eight months in Africa or Asia working with agencies and partners of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the world’s largest and most respected international development agencies.
Before Fellows depart for their eight-month overseas placement, they attend a month-long seminar in Ottawa, which provides a thorough grounding in the skills and knowledge required to contribute effectively to their host organizations. Workshops are facilitated by leading international development professionals, based in Canada and overseas.
About the Fellowship
In the last 30 years, more than 500 individuals have participated in AKFC’s International Youth Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is a launching pad for diverse careers in the government, non-profit, media, and finance sectors. It offers a training program and an eight-month overseas placement to recent university graduates and young professionals under 30.
We are accepting applications for the 2023-24 cohort until February 1st, 2023. Submit your application today to get started. For more information, read on or download the international youth fellowship brochure.
Eligibility – Aga Khan Foundation Canada International Youth Fellowship 2023-2024
To become an International Youth Fellow, applicants must:
• Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
• Be 30 years of age or younger at the time of the application deadline
• Be able to demonstrate a strong interest in the field of international development and their chosen Fellowship stream
• Hold at minimum an undergraduate university degree
THREE STREAMS IN THE IYF PROGRAM
The International Youth Fellowship Program builds the skills of young Canadians and supports the work of AKFC’s partner organizations overseas. Participants can apply for one of three streams that best match their backgrounds and interests:
International Development Management (IDM) Fellows benefit from placements in a variety of organizations, working in fields such as health, education, rural development, and civil society strengthening. Placements include positions in research, project management, communications, and monitoring and evaluation.
International Microfinance and Microenterprise (IMM) Fellows gain experience with an organization involved in microfinance or market development, to develop skills in the day-to-day operations and evaluation of these programs.
Young Professionals in Media (YPM) Fellows work as journalists for Nation Media Group, a leading media outlet in East Africa. With opportunities to report in print, broadcast, and digital media, Fellows gain the skills to work effectively in today’s global media environment.
This prestigious Fellowship is a launching pad for diverse careers in the government, non-profit, media and finance sectors. In a survey conducted in 2009, 80 per cent of alumni felt that participating in the program helped shape their career or study decisions.
Launch of Online Application – November 8, 2022
Applications Close – February 1, 2023
Application Review – February
Interview Period – March
Offers to Candidates – Late March
Management Seminar – May 28 – June 17, 2023*
Fellows Depart for Field Placements – July 1, 2023
End of Placement – February 29, 2024
How long is the Fellowship?
The Fellowship program is nine months in duration, and consists of:
- a 3-week management training seminar in Ottawa (May 28 – June 17, 2023)
- an 8-month overseas placement (July to February)