Canada-Africa Innovation Fellowship
Launching in 2021, the Canada-Africa Innovation Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students based in Canada and Africa to work together and develop innovative solutions to complex global challenges.
Following a series of learning labs, Innovation Fellows are partnered across regions to learn, create and accelerate ideas as a way to build a sustainable and inclusive future. With additional mentorship and coaching from sector experts, it is a unique chance for university students to grow their leadership, entrepreneurial and innovation capacity while engaging in cultural, academic and professional exchange.
What does this program involve?
This program offers a flexible opportunity that can work to fit a variety of schedules regardless of time zones as it will be remote in nature, providing a unique opportunity and platform for participants to collaborate with a variety of personnel across the globe simultaneously like never before. Our unparalleled structure for the CAIF will equip participants with the skills and experience needed to thrive in a remote work environment as more career opportunities shift from traditional office spaces to flexible remote settings. Continuously advancing technologies and their reachability are radically transforming our ability to connect with others, allowing for deeper knowledge, empowerment and sharing between areas, while also creating spaces for new challenges to emerge. Thus, never has it been more important to connect across geographies and with people more intentionally than now.
Who is a Canada-Africa Innovation Fellow?
The ideal CA Innovation Fellow demonstrates a strong interest and skill set in the follow areas as well as identifies as a student who:
- Wants to be a leader at school, at future workplaces and in their community with the ability to navigate and solve complex challenges.
- Wants to build international linkages and collaborate across perspectives with others from different regions in Canada and sub-Saharan Africa.
- Are tired of traditional internships or job-shadowing opportunities and instead want to partake in accelerator-type training and professional mentorship
- Want to engage in an innovative design challenge to create solutions for complex global problems
- Who have budding entrepreneurial spirit and business mindset as this is a central component of creating viable solutions
- Is concerned about the current state of many issues and is ready work to intentionally address the roots and systemic causes of poverty and inequity
Applicants who are successful in their application process will be teamed with other participants from a different geographic region of their own in order to learn to work across cultures and learn to incorporate different perspectives as a core foundation of their portfolio work.
If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in, please apply now! The application closes February 28th!
For more details regarding the program, check out the following link:
Junior Fellowship Program
Sadly, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this program has been postponed until further notice.
Looking to travel the world while gaining valuable work experience at a tech company? Believe that profit should have a purpose? Look no further than the Engineers Without Borders Fellowship Program! This 4-month, all expenses paid summer fellowship partners university students with social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa in technical and non-technical roles.
Prior to the placement, the volunteer is expected to prepare by reviewing all necessary materials, attending national conference, and participating in pre-departure trainings, all the while continuing to be a contributing member in the chapter. After the four month overseas placement, the returning Junior Fellow will be required to fulfill the remainder of the program’s objective by staying with the chapter for at least one more year to share valuable learning with the community and mentor the future Junior Fellow.
This placement focuses on building great leaders while providing members with the opportunity to create impact overseas. We recognize that four months is a short time to provide lasting impact in a developing country, so our volunteers are encouraged to return to the chapter and community to raise awareness and knowledge, perhaps providing the greatest impact at home.
Past Junior Fellows
Numida Technologies, 2018
Justin will be joining Numida Technologies in Kapala, Uganda this summer.
Numida Technologies, 2017
Elizabeth traveled to Uganda to work for Numida Technologies for four months this past summer. Check out her blog for her experiences working at Numida Technologies and living in Uganda.
VOTO Mobile, 2016
“The only story I have to tell is my own, but I’ve come to realize over the years that the most interesting parts of stories happen when they intersect with other stories, when the characters of each interact, when each learns from and changes because of the other. Those are the moments that stick with me, and those are the moments I hope to share. I’ve learned a lot, grown a lot, during my time here in Ghana. My biggest worry at this point is that I haven’t done the best job at fulfilling my promise of sharing my learning, but I hope to remedy that now — here’s to failing forward.”
VOTO Mobile, 2015
“On the note of successes, one my colleagues Suhuyini, heard from one of the end users about how useful a certain program was. Suhuyini is working in the northern parts of Ghana, with programs that connect pregnant women with weekly, mobile, behaviour change messages trying to improve the health of these women and their unborn children. He talked on the phone to a father who has three wives, who all three recently gave birth. He commented that the messages were very useful, and that he passes the messages onto his wives and has started changing some of his own behaviours. We even made Suhuyini ring the bell of success, a dinner bell rung exclusively for exciting accomplishments. To see some direct successes regarding the end user made me even more excited about my work this summer!”
VOTO Mobile, 2014
“Arriving in Ghana reminded me on a powerful session we had on anti-oppression. We learned we are all WEIRD when working abroad, meaning White, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. On the plane surrounded by Ghanaians, and even more in country with the people we have encountered, I can’t help but wonder what their thoughts on me and the group are on, based on a first impression. Another major message was power is not a zero sum game, meaning both parties involved have some sort of power, and it can be shifted, but you are never powerless, even when one has person has more power over you in a situation. Therefore you can create your own power and have control over your power and it is not in someone else hand. Just because one person is in a position of power doesn’t make the other powerless.”