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FUNDED : Check out the International Youth Fellowship 2024 by Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Are you an 18 to 30 year old Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident? This is your chance to join the International Youth Fellowship Programme of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and set off on a life-changing nine-month journey!

Notice Regarding Pandemic's Impact on the Program:

Aga Khan Foundation Canada is currently anticipating that the next round of the International Youth Fellowship Program, commencing in June 2024, will involve travel and field placements in AKDN countries of operation in Africa and Asia. The decision on whether to send successful candidates overseas will be reviewed prior to commencement of the program, with a final decision to be made based on public health guidelines in Canada and in the countries of placement.

About the Program:

Founded in 1989, the AKFC International Youth Fellowship program is a 9-month professional development program for Canadians seeking hands-on experience in international development. The Fellowship includes three unique streams: International Development Management (IDM), International Microfinance and Microenterprise (IMM), and Young Professionals in Media (YPM). Fellows are placed with field partners in over 10 different countries.

Important Streams:

  • International Development Management (IDM) encompasses a broad range of development sectors and specialisations. These include positions in research, communications, monitoring and evaluation, and administration in the sectors of health, education, environment, gender, rural development, and civil society strengthening. Fellows are often placed with AKAH, AKES, AKF, AKHS, AKU, UCA, and other agencies within the Aga Khan Development Network.
  • International Microfinance and Microenterprise (IMM) is for applicants with backgrounds in finance and business. IMM fellows gain hands-on experience in fostering entrepreneurship, developing businesses, and providing financial services and products. Potential host organisations may include microfinance institutions and market development units. In the past Fellows have been placed with AP, FMCC, FMFB, PAMF, and TPS.
  • Young Professionals in Media (YPM) is for applicants with backgrounds in journalism and media. Fellows work as  journalists for Nation Media Group, a leading media outlet in East  Africa and operating in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. With opportunities to report in print, broadcast, and digital  media, Fellows gain the skills to work effectively in today’s global  media environment.


  • Applications Close - February 1, 2024
  • Application Review - February
  • Interview Period - March
  • Offers to Candidates - Late March
  • Management Seminar - May 22 - June 15, 2024*
  • Fellows Depart for Field Placements - July 1, 2024
  • End of Placement - February 28, 2025

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Additional Information

Host Institution
Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Event Duration
9 Months
Program Type
Partially Funded
Program Benefits
Most abroad expenses are paid for by AKFC, with the winning candidates contributing a one-time $1,000 grant.
Eligibility Criteria
Hold, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution by April 30, 2024, with a record of strong academic performance
Will not be enrolled in any educational program for the duration of the Fellowship program (May 2024 – February 2025)
Demonstrated a commitment to international development through related volunteer, professional or academic experience
Be 30 years of age or under on or before February 1, 2024
Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
Be fluent in English
Present all appropriate documentation (CVs, degrees, transcripts, references, etc.)
There is no flexibility on the eligibility criteria, and any applications not meeting the requirements will automatically be disqualified.
Eligible Countries

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