1834 Global

Representation matters, but the way that it has been done locally, nationally and globally has left racialized people with much to be desired. Instead, by being the change that we want to see in the world, 1834 Global aims to address the underrepresentation of Black Canadians in Global and International Affairs by providing key tools for understanding contemporary global and international affairs that start with connecting histories of inequality that shape global affairs with consequent structures of racial exclusion, to opening up new possibilities for envisioning international politics through inclusion, mentoring, experience and goal setting. With these strategies, Fellows will engage in learning about Global and International Affairs otherwise by asking different questions about the past, the present and new possibilities for the political participation of Black youth.

By offering a 9-week course that builds in mentorships with seasoned experts and the opportunity to dream about new governance possibilities, 1834 Global offers Black Canadians who are between 20-30 with the opportunity to participate, as Fellows, in an online course in Global and International Affairs. Fellows in the program will participate in a course that considers international and global politics with the goal of accessing relevant first-hand knowledge about the complexities of international public service and specialised training, and the opportunity to engage in networking and the development of innovative strategies for deeply political problems. 1834 Global program is offered in collaboration with the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto.

1834 Global will support the skill and career development of high-potential Black youth who wish to enter or increase their capacity for global civic leadership roles. Through a combination of training, informational sessions, and networking ‘mixers’ opportunities, 1834 Global Coordinators will leave the program with a stronger understanding of global and international affairs - in theory and practice - and the ability to act as bridges for their communities.

1834 Global will achieve its objectives through the delivery of the following program activities:

1834 Global Mixers
Facilitated weekly sessions will explore a variety of topics to further contribute to the development of each Fellow’s personal and professional leadership competencies.

1834 Global Summit
Convening public policymakers, policy analysts, advocacy practitioners and invited civically engaged Black Canadian youth, the 1834 Global Summit will provide direct exposure to Canada’s key global affairs institutions, centering Black voices and the critical role they play. There will also be a focus on the organizational environment in which global policy is developed.

1834 Global Champions
Fellows will be placed in groups that will work together throughout the duration of the program to produce a policy presentation at the Global Summit. Each policy group will be matched with a Coach who is an expert in global affairs to enhance their skills, knowledge and leadership and work towards learning goals for application in their day-to-day professional lives.

1834 Global seeks individuals who are globally oriented

  • Must be between 20-30 years old
  • Identify as Black/African Canadian
  • Permanent Resident and Canadian Citizen
  • Interested in a career in Canadian foreign policy, diplomacy or international affairs
  • Willingness to make commitment of personal time to participate in 9 weeks for 3.5 hours
  • Be able to travel to Toronto for the last two sessions and case presentation

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 1834 Fellowship coordinators, 1834 Foundation Board and/or advisory members.

Eligible candidates must apply using the secure online 1834 Foundation 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.
  • Candidates must provide at least TWO letters of reference in support of their application. One referee should be academic, and one must be from an employer or community member. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that letters are submitted. If referees would like to submit letters of reference directly, they may send the letters to: Programs@1834foundation.ca.
  • A resume 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 1834 Foundation coordinators, Board and advisory members.

The Selection Committee will review all applications completed by the October 13 submission deadline.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in October or early November. All candidates will be notified about their application status by the first week in December.

  • To provide participants (who are often excluded from global affairs) with the tools and strategies needed to secure careers in international affairs
  • Provide an environment of support and mentoring where participants can learn from each other, current and past diplomats, and political figures
  • To create a space where Fellows feel safe and comfortable sharing lived experiences, perspectives and fresh approaches for social change
  • Build a network of Fellows who are passionate about diplomacy and foreign affairs
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on training

Applications open August 1 and close October 13th each year. The program starts in January.

  • The application process for the upcoming Fellowship opens every year on August 1 and ends on October 13. The next cohort is open to candidates across Canada.