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HerStart E-Fellowships align with your skills and interests and allow you to expand your knowledge in new and dynamic ways.


Find the right volunteer opportunity for you.


As a HerStart E-Fellow you’ll:


Advance women’s empowerment

Connect and collaborate with young women, communities and global partners to help grow the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda, creating a more equal, climate-resilient and inclusive economy.


Amplify your personal and professional growth

Whether you’re a recent grad, mid-career or experienced professional, you’ll boost your CV, learn about critical topics and build transferable skills, such as cross-cultural communication, project management, research and more.


Access high-quality training and resources

You’ll receive specialized training and resources from our global partners who are subject matter experts in their fields, including gender equality, social entrepreneurship, monitoring and evaluation, and climate action.


Be part of an international network

Join like-minded people and partners around the globe who believe that gender equality and social enterprise can create a better future for all. Plus, you’ll be the first to know about future YCI opportunities, both in Canada and abroad.

Current Opportunities

Program & Training Fellow

Contribute to the successful launch of HerStart’s Innovate the Future program by flexing your organization, research and creativity skills during the project start-up phase. > Learn more

Research & Insights Fellow

Join a dynamic research team supporting the design phase of the brand new HerStart social entrepreneurship training curriculum for young women in Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda. > Learn more

Digital Media & Communications Fellow

Be part of a creative communications team to support engaging the public through sharing young women’s stories and the innovative approach and impact of HerStart’s program. > Learn more


You have questions, we have answers. We’re here to help you figure out if a HerStart E-Fellowship is right for you.

What is an ‘E-Fellowship’?

An ‘E-Fellowship’ is an opportunity to volunteer virtually with the HerStart’s Innovate the Future program.  Canadians can share their knowledge and skills remotely while also learning about critical global issues, including women’s empowerment, climate action and social entrepreneurship. This volunteer opportunity has been designed as a ‘fellowship’ to provide high-quality training, resources, hands-on experience and networking for participants , while recognizing the level of knowledge and skills that successful applicants bring to each role.

Am I eligible for a HerStart E-Fellowship?

Full requirements and desired qualifications for HerStart E-Fellowships are listed within each position description. The key eligibility must-haves for all positions include :

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Professional level English language skills
  • Enrolled in or graduated from a post-secondary institution (or have equivalent work experience)
  • Access to a computer and internet
  • Able to commit to the full 3-month term of engagement

Please note that individuals from all demographic, academic and professional backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply. Although previous international development experience will be considered an asset, it is not required to participate in the e-fellowship program.

What is the time commitment and length of the engagement?

The weekly time commitment is flexible based on your availability and the needs of the program team. It will typically range between 5 and 15 hours per week. The second e-fellowship cohort will begin January 4, 2021 and end March 31, 2021.


Please note that it is possible for applicants to participate in both e-fellowship cohorts, as well as apply future international placements (in fact, it will make you a stronger candidate!).

What do I need to submit in the application process?

Applications will include the submission of your CV, a past writing or creative sample, and answers to a few short and long answer questions related to the program.

How long does the application and selection process take?

Applications are due by November 22 at 11:59 pm ET for the second e-fellow cohort. Brief interviews will be conducted based on your availability in the following weeks. Training will begin January 4, 2021.

What is the selection process?

HerStart E-Fellows will be selected based on the quality of their application and interview, as well as their knowledge, skills and interests for the role they have applied to. Key qualities we look for in any volunteer include being flexible, proactive and willing to learn. Please see each position description for a full list of eligibility requirements and desired qualifications.

What types of benefits or compensation would I receive as an E-Fellow?

HerStart E-Fellowships are volunteer engagements and therefore are not considered employment and will not receive any financial compensation. However, HerStart E-Fellows will receive access to high-quality training, tailored resources and an exclusive international network focused on women’s empowerment, climate action and social enterprise. They will receive hands-on experience within the international development and social entrepreneurship fields to add to their CV. Plus, they will be the first to know about future YCI opportunities, including the HerStart International Fellowship program in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda once overseas travel resumes.

How will the program adhere to social distancing measures?

All HerStart E-Fellowships will be conducted virtually, with all trainings, meetings and tasks completed online from your preferred remote location. HerStart E-Fellows can complete placements from your homes, cottages, libraries or anywhere that you have access to a computer and stable internet connection!

HerStart International Fellowships for Canadians coming soon!

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YCI’s HerStart Innovate the Future and Fellowship programs are funded through Global Affairs Canada’s Volunteer Cooperation Program, providing skilled Canadians opportunities to volunteer abroad with global partners and advance Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

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