Fellowship Circle for self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour pursuing careers in business and STEM.


Winter 2022 Fellows applications now closed.

A highly curated and intimate Fellowship Circle program for self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour (BIWOC) in Canada looking to invest in their career and leadership development and in their future selves. Have self-doubts about whether you’re qualified for the program? As BIWOC, we’ve been there ourselves. Invest in yourself and apply!

The Fellowship Circle is a 10-week by-application program designed by BIWOC for BIWOC – a tailored and highly curated experience providing small Group Mentorship Circles, Career Learning Labs, fireside chats, and networking with managers and leaders from business and STEM sectors.


Important Dates for Winter Cohort:

  • Applications Open: October 15, 2021
  • Applications Close: November 21, 2021
  • Successful Fellows Informed by: December 21, 2021
  • Fellowship Circle Winter Cohort: January 20 – March 24, 2022

How it Works

Fellowship Circle Timeline

Check Eligibility Criteria Below

  • I self-identify as a Black woman, Indigenous woman, or woman of colour (i.e. Arab, East Asian, Latina, Middle Eastern/North African, Pacific Islander, South Asian, South-East Asian, West Asian, etc.) based in Canada
  • I am currently a student or recent graduate from a Canadian postsecondary institution, a career changer and/or have been employed in the workforce for 3 years or less
  • I am pursuing a career in business or STEM
  • I am committed to completing the requirements of the 10-week Fellowship Circle including attending weekly sessions every Thursday Jan 20-Mar 24, 2022 (7:00-9:00 PM EST) and supplementary activities.

Benefits for Fellows

  • Participate in virtual small Group Mentoring Circles applying AHF’s Reciprocal Mentorship model
  • Attend virtual Career Learning Labs, panels and fireside chats led by engaging facilitators and speakers covering a variety of career and leadership development topics including reframing imposter thoughts, personal branding, voice and personal power, navigating the workplace & micro-aggressions
  • Develop and expand your gender and racial equity knowledge
  • Access AHF tools and resources to support your success in the program
  • Expand your network of peers and influential industry leaders
  • Attend a virtual wrap up celebration event with speakers and networking with Mentors and recruiters
  • Receive a certificate upon program completion
  • Gain access to AHF’s private online community consisting of program alumni

Fellowship Circle 10-Week Schedule

We promote a strengths-based reciprocal mentoring model. Traditional approaches to mentorship tend to be hierarchical and top down. We believe that our Fellows and Mentors bring valuable contributions and perspectives thus both benefiting from our Group Mentorship Circles. Through equal partnership and a learning mindset, this approach focuses on the whole person while respecting multiple lived experiences.

 We integrate the voices of our community in our program design and curriculum. We embed common themes around personal and professional growth, career development and questions posed to Mentors from Fellows applications in the Group Mentorship Circle agenda and conversation starters , and in Career Learning Labs and wrap up event panels and fireside chats.

Week 1
Orientation with Fellows & Mentors

Week 2
Small Group Mentorship Circles 1

Week 3
Career Learning Lab 1 – Reframing Imposter Syndrome Thought Moments & Leading with Confidence

Week 4
Small Group Mentorship Circles 2

Week 5
Career Learning Lab 2 – Designing your Career: An Interactive Session for BIWOC

Week 6
Small Group Mentorship Circles 3

Week 7
Career Learning Lab 3 – Visibility, Self-Promotion & Networking

Week 8
Small Group Mentorship Circles 4 & Self-care as Activism

Week 9
Career Learning Lab 4 – TBC

Week 10
Wrap-Up Event & Networking with Mentors & Recruiters


What is the eligibility criteria?
Please refer to the Eligibility Criteria found on the Become a Fellow page.
What types of questions should I expect in the application?
The application form is made to be user-friendly. It includes a combination of basic demographic and applicant profile questions as well as open-ended questions. You will also attach a 2 page PDF copy of your resume.


What is the selection committee looking for when they review my application?
The selection committee will encompass the AHF team. Each submission will be anonymized (names and schools removed) and reviewed independently by two selection committee members. Criteria will include: meeting eligibility criteria, availability to attend weekly programming and complete supplementary activities, clear expression of what you hope to get out of the program, clear career goals aligned with the Fellowship Circle program goals, leadership potential; growth mindset and commitment to the value of fellowship and community. 


Is there a participation fee?

There is no fee to apply. Applicants who are successfully accepted into the program as Fellows pay a participation fee. Participation fee for Fellows who are or will be actively job seeking and have not secured employment yet is $50. Participation fee for Fellows who are employed at the time of acceptance into the program is $100. Financial bursaries available on case-by-case basis to cover registration fee. See application for details.

What is the time commitment for AHF’s Fellowship Circle?
AHF’s Fellowship Circle Summer cohort will run virtually over 10-weeks, January 20-March 24, 2022 on Thursdays from approximately 7:00-9:00 pm EST plus supplementary weekly activities. 
What industries and companies will be represented by the Mentors and facilitators in the program?
Mentors and speakers will primarily represent the business and STEM sectors, as well as subject matter expertise in the area of career and leadership development, and equity, diversity and inclusion.
How many times per year will AHF’s Fellowship Circle run?
In 2022, AHF’s Fellowship Circle will run in once in Winter 2022.
Can I apply again for a future Fellowship Circle?
Of course! Applicants who were not successful for the Winter and/or Summer Cohort 2021 can apply again for a future cohort.
I’m interested in supporting the program as a Mentor, or corporate partner. How do I get involved?
We’d love that. Refer to the Become a Mentor page to learn more about joining the Fellowship Circle as a Mentor. To inquire about partnership opportunities go to the Become a Partner page.