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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.


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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 E-Fellow

Contribute to the success of the new HerStart Innovate the Future program by flexing your organization, facilitation and creativity skills to support program development. > Learn more

Research & Insights E-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 E-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

Gender Equality E-Fellow

Join the team to support identifying gendered barriers, designing gender-responsive solutions and amplifying women’s strengths in each context. > Learn more

Climate Action E-Fellow

Support raising awareness of environmental issues, designing climate-responsive solutions and building a network of green businesses. > Learn more

Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation E-Fellow

Help with identifying barriers to youth livelihoods, designing innovative solutions to key program challenges and building a dynamic network of social entrepreneurs. > 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 YCI’s HerStart 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 volunteers, 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)
  • Flexible schedule to collaborate across countries and time zones
  • Access to a computer and internet
  • Able to commit to the full 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?

Positions are available as full or part-time engagements (21 or 35 hours/week). You can indicate your preference in the application and specific availability will be discussed in the interview process. It is important to have some weekday flexibility in order to collaborate with program stakeholders across roles and countries.

Cohort 2 will be 4 months long – beginning January 25, 2021 and ending May 28, 2021. Updates about future cohorts will be posted soon.

Please note that it is possible for e-fellows to also be considered for future international placements once travel resumes (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, past writing or creative samples, and answers to a few long answer questions related to the themes of the program. If you applied for a previous cohort, you can choose to indicate on the application that you would like your past application to be considered again, or submit a new one.

How long does the application and selection process take?

Applications are due by Monday, January 11 at 11:59 pm EST for the second e-fellow cohort. Brief interviews will be conducted based on your availability that week. Training will begin January 25.

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 financial remuneration. There are no fees or costs required to participate in the program. 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 to future YCI opportunities, including the HerStart International Fellowship placements 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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