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What is the 1834 Fellowship?


So named for the day that slavery was abolished in Canada, the 1834 Fellowship will seek out 40 high-potential Black youth to prepare them for roles in civic leadership and support them in their skills and career development.



1834 Fellowship objectives, members are expected to demonstrate:

  • A clear understanding of the organizational environment in which public policy is developed.
  • Practical knowledge of the key issues that policy analysts, policymakers, and advocacy practitioners face in influencing, developing or implementing policy.
  • A clear understanding of the Canadian policy development process in theory and in practice.
  • An ability to apply theoretical and practical understanding regarding the creation and implementation of public policy as a civic leader.
  • A deepened confidence in their ability and competency to successfully pursue civic leadership roles.










  • Permanent resident or Canadian citizenship
  • Black/African Descent
  • Available for official launch in Ottawa (Travel and accommodations provided)
  • Available for weekend policy taster seminar and networking events
  • Available for a one-week intensive policy program at Brock University in the month of July (Travel and accommodations provided)

Candidates are assessed on the basis of the following criteria. Candidates’ experiences should demonstrate these competencies. Referees are asked to address these criteria in their letters of reference.

  • Maturity (self awareness/respect for others)
  • Leadership (initiative/ability to work with others)
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Research and writing abilities
  • Motivation
  • Language skills

Candidates are selected by a committee comprised of Operation Black Canada (OBVC) Board and advisory members, and representatives from Brock and Ryerson Universities.

Eligible candidates must apply using the secure online 1834 Fellowship application system.  Each candidate will be asked to submit the following documents to support their application:

  • Personal Statement:  Candidates must describe in 400 words or less how they anticipate contributing to and benefiting from the Programme.
  • Contact information for letters of reference:  Candidates must provide contact information for at least two referees who have agreed to write confidential letters of reference in support of their application. One referee must be academic and one must be from an employer or community member. Candidates may identify a third referee at their discretion. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that letters are submitted prior to the application deadline.
  • A resume that includes the following information:  Contact information, education, employment experience, extracurricular and volunteer activities.

All applications are strictly private and confidential.

Candidates are selected by a committee comprised of OBVC Board and advisory members, representatives from Brock and Ryerson Universities.

The Selection Committee will review all applications completed by the January 31st submission deadline.  All supporting references must be submitted by February 6th at the latest in order for an application to be considered complete.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their application is complete.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in February or early March.  All candidates will be notified about their application status by the end of March.

Next Application Period



The application process for the 2021 Fellowship opens on November 2, 2020, and ends on January 15, 2021. The 2021 cohort is open exclusively to candidates residing in Quebec and Alberta.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost for the fellowship?

There is no cost to participate in the fellowship. Long distance travel and accommodations cost will be covered. 

How long is the fellowship?

The Fellowship will be 9 months each year. March to December. 

In which province is the fellowship held?


In year 1, the fellowship was held in Ontario. In year 2, the fellowship will be held in Quebec and Nova Scotia.


Are Fellows expected to attend mixers in person?


Yes, all Fellows are expected to attend the scheduled mixers and one-week residency in person.


What is the age of Fellows?

Fellows are 18-25 years old at the start of the program. 

Is the fellowship only in English?


The program in the first year was offered only in English. It will be offered in French in the second year. 


Will Fellows get paid to be in the program?

No, fellows will not be paid, but travel and accommodations will be covered. 

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