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.
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.
You have questions, we have answers. We’re here to help you figure out if a HerStart E-Fellowship is right for you.
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.
Full requirements and desired qualifications for HerStart E-Fellowships are listed within each position description. The key eligibility must-haves for all positions include :
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!