Junior Fellowship

Junior Fellowship

The Junior Fellowship program is a four month placement working in one of EWB’s many ventures.

The 18 month Junior Fellowship (JF) Program is an opportunity directly investing in, not just ideas, but the leading change makers of tomorrow. The JF program is one way to continue our record of meaningful and sustainable, systemic change while promoting learning through sharing and development. The program is built to better define some of society’s most deeply rooted issues, and the solutions to these problems.

The structure of the Fellowship is as follows: six months of preparation in an immersive learning environment, four months of individually leading change with one of EWB’s Ventures, and then eight months continuing the Fellows projects and leadership in Canada. The Fellow will have the opportunity to tap into EWB’s national network of young social innovators. Along with the roles associated with the JF position, the Fellow will also attend National Conference all the while continuing to be a contributing member in the chapter.

Prior to the placement, the volunteer is expected to prepare by reviewing all necessary materials, attending national conference, and participating in pre-departure trainings, all the while continuing to be a contributing member in the chapter. After the four month placement, the returning Junior Fellow will be required to fulfill the remainder of the program’s objective by staying with the chapter for at least one more year to share valuable learning with the community and mentor the future Junior Fellow.

 


  • Past Ryerson Junior Fellows

    Sprouting innovations in Ugandan agriculture.

    • Participated as a third-year Water Resources Engineering student at the University of Guelph.
    • Partnered with the Agriculture Value Chains venture in the town of Iganga, Uganda.
    • Developed insights on business influence and ownership that scaled to create change in maize, coffee and agricultural inputs value chains.

    Working directly with a small agricultural-inputs business, Emily was able to grow in-depth understanding of field level realities in relation to access and use of agro-inputs by small-scale farmers. In close collaboration with the business owner, Emily co-evaluated the potential of a new operating model to help the business enhance its market share and bring quality-certified seed closer to the farm-gate.

  • Past Ryerson Junior Fellows

    Mobilizing insight for Ghanaian farmers.

    • Participated as a second-year Arts & Science student at McMaster University.
    • Worked with the Business Development Services Venture in Northern Ghana, and later in the more southern city of Kumasi.
    • Played a key role in pre-pilot market analysis to ensure a service was launched to the most receptive and appropriate audience base.

    Alexandra conducted research into Farmerline, a service that delivers vital agricultural information directly to farmers’ mobile phones. Alexandra analyzed the way smallholder crop farmers in Northern Ghana use extension services and mobile phones. After determining this would not be a good initial market for the service, Alexandra moved south to Kumasi to help pivot the service for a new market – fish farmers. There, she developed a partnership with Ghana’s fisheries commission and held workshops to engage and educate potential clients.

  • Past Ryerson Junior Fellows

    Partnering with district councils for more accountable accounting.

    • Participated as a second-year Electrical Engineering student at the University of Alberta.
    • Worked with the Governance and Rural Infrastructure Venture at the West Gonja District Assembly in Damongo, Ghana, on revenue mobilization.
    • Played a key role in developing a system for accurate revenue projections and measures to improve accountability for revenue collectors.

    Through partnering with the District Assembly as well as Area Councils, Ryan investigated a range of the district’s entrenched challenges. After initial investigation, Ryan’s team implemented a Revenue Projection Database and data collection processes to ensure that all financing projections were made based on legitimate figures from the ground. His team also ensured that contracts were updated to improve the accountability and responsibilities of revenue collectors on commission.

  • Past Ryerson Junior Fellows

    Breaking new ground for more responsible global mining.

    • Two-time winner at the first-ever Canadian Sustainable Development Goals Awards, 2016.
    • Co-drafted an international standard for reporting on local procurement for global mining companies.
    • Participated in Toronto through the Mining Shared Value Venture, part of our Governance and Sustainable Services portfolio.

    Through his Junior Fellowship placement with Mining Shared Value, Aditya worked on several integral projects to play a key role in taking the venture to new heights. Over the course of his placement, Aditya was involved in co-drafting an early iteration of an international standard for reporting on local procurement as a part of corporate social responsibility for mining companies around the world.

    In collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, Aditya mapped out a network of organizations that focus on responsible mining, made recommendations to Global Affairs Canada by participating in Canada’s International Assistance Review, and more.

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