Applications for the 2013 Professional Fellowship Program are now closed. Learn more about the program below. Applications for 2014 will open in January 2014.
To apply. (Please note, you need to make an account to access the applications. Your application can be saved in draft form so you can work offline).
The Professional Fellowship is a short-term overseas placement from August to December. The Professional Fellowship Program was created to build a new generation of leaders in the development sector. It helps fuel EWB chapters to sustain and build their knowledge and passion about human development, providing them with on-the-ground experience and a direct, personal connection to Dorothy.
Through participating in the Professional Fellowship Program, PFs will become skilled and experienced agents of change, able to contribute to the work of our partner agencies overseas and help Canadians understand, through sharing their first hand experiences, the challenges facing people in the developing world.
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As a ProF you’ll become a short-term staff member of one of EWB’s Systemic Change Ventures. You may be working with a District Water Office in Malawi to understand how to improve water point management by rural communities, or an agricultural social enterprise bringing extension services to small-scale farmers through their mobile phones. You’ll only work on meaningful, long-term, systemic change projects and your learning and action will directly influence the strategic thinking of our African Ventures. You’ll have the freedom and responsibility to modify your job description as you learn and as you integrate into a local community and begin to understand the culture. You’ll also bring strategic systems thinking skills, humility, and a willingness to learn to the venture team, and in turn receive dedicated and focused personal and professional development coaching.
There are three components of the placement.
1) Pre-departure Preparation:
Prior to the Africa component of the placement, ProF’s work through 4 months of individual and team based preparation during foundation learning. Pre-departure preparation finishes off with 1 week of intense group based experiential learning for all ProF’s in Toronto. This learning will happen at the end of July 2013.
2) Africa Venture Placement:
From August – December 2013 ProF’s will work on their venture-specific work assignment with coaching and support from EWB’s African Venture Staff. EWB believes that continuous investment in the ProF throughout their placement will allow them to contribute effectively to the venture’s systemic change. As such, each ProF will be matched with a coach, and will attend 1) a 2-day in-country briefing, 2) a mid-placement country retreat and 3) an end-of-placement debrief.
3) In-Canada Leadership:
Upon returning to Canada in the middle of December, ProF’s are expected to take on leadership roles at their local city network. They’ll share their learning about the complexity of incubating systemic change in Africa and invest in chapter members and future ProF’s to develop their understanding on the change-making process.
How long is the Fellowship for?
You will be overseas from the August to December, 2012. The fellow is expected to participate in training and personal study in the months preceding their departure and to contribute to Chapter activities in the months following their return to Canada.
What is the selection process timeline?
February 11 – Applications Due
February 18 to February 28 – Interviews
Middle of March – Successful applicants confirmed
April to July – Foundation Training
Last week of July – Training on Toronto
August to 3rd Week of December – Overseas Placement
What training will I receive?
You will participate in Foundation Training through self-study materials related to EWB policies, practices and overseas, the basics of development work, working in different cultures and health and safety. You will work through these materials with a mentor, as well as the other Professional Fellows through Skype calls and email. The overseas portion of your placement will officially begin August 1 with a week in Toronto of Pre-Departure training. This will be an extension of your Foundation Training and will be facilitated by members of the EWB Overseas Sending Group and National Office Staff. Once you arrive in your country, you will receive an orientation to life in your country, as well as to your EWB team and project. Throughout the course of your fellowship mentors will be available to you both in your country of placement, and Canada.
What qualifications are required?
- Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Willingness to contribute to EWB’s activities in Calgary upon return (e.g. give presentations about your experience)
- Be available to live overseas from August 1 to December 20, 2013
- Demonstrated problem solving, analytical and interpersonal skills
You do NOT need to be an engineer to apply. You do NOT need to be an existing member of EWB to apply.
For additional information on what makes a good Professional Fellow, please review this document
Am I required to pay for the placement?
The cost of the placement itself (including airfare, health insurance, living expenses, program expenses, etc.) is covered by the Chapter’s fundraising efforts. It is hoped that the Professional Fellow will assist the Chapter in the initiatives they undertake to raise this money, where possible.
I have additional questions. Who should I contact?
Please email: Elizabeth Logan. (email@example.com).
We are having an information night on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Room 204, The Kahanoff Centre (105 12 Avenue SE, Calgary). We will be going over program requirements, an overview of EWB’s African ventures of which you might be partnered with, and Chelsea Markwart, the 2012 Fellow from Calgary will also be sharing her experience in Zambia.