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

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A highly curated and intimate Fellowship Circle program for self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour 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 Black, Indigenous and women of colour we’ve been there ourselves. Invest in yourself and apply!

The Fellowship Circle is a 10-week by-application program designed by and for Black, Indigenous and women of colour – 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 2023 Cohort:

  • Applications Open: To be announced
  • Applications Close: To be announced
  • Successful Fellows Informed by: To be announced
  • Fellowship Circle Winter Cohort: January – March, 2023

How it Works

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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 looking to transition my career
  • 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 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 

Week 4
Small Group Mentorship Circles 2

Week 5
Career Learning Lab 2 

Week 6
Small Group Mentorship Circles 3

Week 7
Career Learning Lab 3 

Week 8
Small Group Mentorship Circles 

Week 9
Career Learning Lab 4 

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 is $50. Financial bursaries available on case-by-case basis to cover registration fee. 

What is the time commitment for AHF’s Fellowship Circle?

AHF’s Fellowship Circle Winter cohort will run virtually over 10-weeks, January – March, 2023.

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 2023, AHF’s Fellowship Circle will run once in Winter 2023.

Can I apply again for a future Fellowship Circle?

Of course! Applicants who were not successful in past cohorts can apply again.

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.