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Canada-Africa Innovation Fellowship

Connecting talent cross-continentally to incubate bold ideas in order to address complex global challenges with scalable and sustainable solutions together.

For the past 20 years, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has been at the forefront of thought leadership and utilization of cross-continental learning to advance global equality and equity. With our unique approach, EWB acts as an incubator for systemic innovation and leadership skill building. We invest time and talent in bold ideas that positively transform the way people and organizations behave, as well as in disruptive ventures that seek to address the root cause of complex global challenges. 

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 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. 

What does the 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 infrastructure 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.

Recruiting SDG Advisors (Sector Experts)

We are recruiting volunteer SDG Advisors, i.e. sector experts specialized in the implementation, integration or advocacy of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG Advisors are expected to commit at least 2 hours per month to offer advice and guidance to our Innovation Fellows, helping to align the direction of their social ventures to these important targets. These interactions are also intended to provide a unique opportunity to students to grow their leadership, entrepreneurial and innovation capacity, while engaging in cultural, academic and professional exchange.

 

 

Fellow Applications:

The application period for Fellows has ended.

 

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