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Applications are now closed for the 2015 - 2017 Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship

Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship brochure


Applications for the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship are now closed. If you are interested in becoming a candidate for the next cohort, we encourage you to browse through our website and download the program brochure to learn more about the Fellowship. 

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About the Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship brings together young northerners, aged 25 to 35, who want to build a strong North that benefits northerners. The North has a very small but growing population, and yet it is a critical part of Canada, tied to our identity and sovereignty. Northerners in the early stages of their careers require access to skill- and knowledge-building opportunities related to policy and governance that are not readily available in the North. The Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship is intended to fill this gap. It is for those who, at this stage in their lives, are looking for additional support, networks and guidance from mentors and peers across the North and throughout Canada, as they deepen their understanding of important issues facing their region and develop policy ideas to help address them.

The two-year long Fellowship incorporates self-directed study, collective learning and mentorship with the aim of empowering young northerners to build a healthy, self-reliant and sustainable North.  During the program, Fellows will foster a deeper understanding of important contemporary northern issues, and develop the skills and confidence to better articulate and share their ideas and policy research publicly.

Through the Fellowship, we hope to foster a bond among the Fellows that will endure throughout their professional lives and incubate a pan-northern network.


The Program

The third cohort of the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship program will be comprised of approximately 10 Fellows who will participate in an intensive learning and development program over a two-year period

Fellows will convene at four scheduled gatherings focused on functional, technical and leadership skills, foundational and indigenous knowledge, and northern issues and priorities.

  • August 20-23, 2015 – Yukon
  • February 4-7, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario
  • August 25-28, 2016 – Iqaluit, Nunavut
  • April 28- May 1, 2017 – NWT

 Each Fellow will undertake various projects, including small assignments at each gathering and a larger group project, related to specific policy analysis and/or advocacy. Small groups will be required to meet at a regional location to work on the group assignment in winter 2017.

Funding is available to assist Fellows with publications, projects, participation at special northern events and network engagement. Travel and eligible expenses to attend Fellowship gatherings, small group meetings, and other eligible events will be provided by the Foundation.

Fellows will receive an award of $5,000 payable at four intervals throughout the program (dependent on ability to meet deliverables).

Fellows will be invited to join the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship alumni program following successful completion of the program. The alumni program exists to ensure the continuation of the connections created between Fellows during the program and to support a pan-northern network. 



The role of a mentor is to offer encouragement, support and guidance. The mentor will nurture personal development and guide professional development opportunities.

A mentor can be an individual in a leadership role such as a senior executive, elected representative, Elder, policy expert, subject matter expert, technical advisor, educator, academic, researcher, indigenous knowledge holder, community member, professional, program and/or service delivery provider, industry senior executive, organizational representative or working in field of Aboriginal relations.

In addition to having individual mentors, Fellows will have access to experts in the field for direct one-on-one mentorship during each gathering. Foundation selected mentors will also guide the Fellows in their group projects. 


Who should apply

To be eligible for the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship, candidates must be: 

  1. Canadian citizen or permanent resident; 
  2. Resident or former resident of Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik or Nunatsiavut;
  3. Interested in professional development, education and lifelong learning, public policy, indigenous knowledge, northern issues and priorities; and
  4. Fluent in English.

The Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship requires a substantial time commitment from participants. At a minimum, applicants should be prepared to commit to the following:

  1. Traveling, attending and participating in all components of four regional gatherings (scheduled to fall over a weekend);
  2. Completing assignments at gatherings;
  3. Contributing to the completion of a group assignment, including attending small-group meetings (some travel might be required); 
  4. Participating in regularly scheduled webinars; and
  5. Maintaining ongoing contact with the Program Manager, Fellows and mentors throughout the duration of the program and thereafter.

Participants may be employed, unemployed, full- or part-time student. Applicants will be required to provide proof of employer or educational institution support of their participation in the Fellowship as a professional development opportunity, and acceptance of the applicant’s commitment to meet Fellowship requirements. Successful candidates will be requested to participate in in-person interviews in the summer of 2015.

Selection Criteria:

Ideal candidates will demonstrate a commitment to the North and to Arctic issues through a combination of life experience, education, work, and volunteer activities. Specifically, candidates are evaluated and selected on the basis of the following criteria, which are weighted equally by the selection committees:

  1. A history of community engagement as demonstrated through volunteering, engagement with aboriginal governments, bands, or non-profit organizations, etc.;
  2. An interest in public policy and activism as an effective means to positive change;
  3. Knowledge of issues facing the North;
  4. Demonstration of leadership potential;
  5. Ability to fulfill the program requirements and stay engaged in the program for years to come; and
  6. Overall quality of the application.


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Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship


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