frequently asked questions.

  1. When is the application deadline?
    Apply by June 1, 2021 to participate in the 2021-2022 NextGEN Fellowship program. You can upload your application materials (and check requirements) over on the Application page.

    Our metaphorical doors are always open to applications. You may apply after the deadline to be considered for the following year’s program.

  2. What are the eligibility requirements to apply?
    There are just three requirements. We welcome applications from Canadian residents, ages 25-34 (as of May 1, 2021), who can commit to the year-long participation requirements of the Fellowship program.

  3. Are the age requirements flexible?
    No. However, if you’re under 25, we invite you to apply in the future. We’ll be waiting!

  4. Are accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities?
    Yes. We are committed to ensure your full participation in all aspects of the program. If any individuals accepted to the fellowship have accessibility needs, the program director will ensure they are met.

  5. Should I apply if I am in graduate school or job searching?
    Yes. If you’re a Canadian aged 25-34 who can commit to the year’s schedule, you fit the criteria, plain and simple.

  6. What is the cost of the program for Fellows?
    In short, not much. (Did we mention the $1000 stipend?)

    The costs of program tuition, transportation to NextGEN gatherings, as well as meals and accommodation during those gatherings are covered. Whether you come by plane, train, or automobile, we’ll cover your travel to and from NextGEN events from anywhere within Canada. As a Fellow you’ll be responsible for non-program related personal expenses incurred during NextGEN gatherings (maybe an impressive smattering of postcards since you’ll be on both coasts within 3 months).

    These twelve Fellowships are made possible through the generous support of Cardus donors.

  7. What dates should I reserve on the calendar to participate if selected for a Fellowship in 2021?

    Weekend 1:
      July 16-17, 2021 (via Zoom)
    Cardus NextGEN Seminar: September 19-25, 2021 (Ottawa, ON. Plan to arrive by 4pm local time on Sept 19)
    Weekend 2:  Nov. 11-13, 2021 (Ottawa, ON. Plan to arrive by 4pm on Thursday, November 11.)
    Weekend 3:  January 28-29, 2022 (Vancouver, BC. Plan to arrive by 3pm local time on Jan 28)
    Weekend 4: March 25-26, 2022 (Halifax, NS. Plan to arrive by 3pm local time on March 25)

  8. During NextGEN Weekends, will there be any Sunday activities or commitments?
    No. Program activities commence Friday evening and wrap up Saturday at 5pm. You can choose when to book your return travel, either Saturday or Sunday.

  9. Upon receiving a Fellowship, what are the attendance requirements and other responsibilities?
    The in-person requirements are jetting across Canada (all expenses paid) to spend four weekends and one week seminar with us over the course of the year. The rest of the time commitments are virtual—attending monthly Zoom connects and arranging monthly meetings with one’s program mentor. Allowances will be made for personal emergencies, otherwise every person who receives one of the twelve NextGEN Fellowships is expected to be fully committed and fully engaged in the program schedule.

  10. What are the attendance expectations during the Ottawa Seminar week?
    The week will be broken into morning and afternoon sessions (9am-11:30am and 2-4:30pm) Monday through Friday, with a concluding session Saturday morning. There will be breaks between sessions for lunch and any personal or work-related business.

  11. What are other benefits and perks besides participation in the program seminars, events, and Zooms do Fellows receive?
    You will be included in a growing community of young leaders, invited to special Cardus events, and have opportunities to meet and connect with Cardus team and community working on a wide range of projects. All Fellows will also receive a stipend of $1,000 to assist with book purchases and use at their discretion in recognition of their admission into the program.

  12. Can clergy apply?
    Yes, the program is open to both clergy and laity who are interested in faith, vocation, leadership, and public life and public policy.

  13. Are Cardus staff eligible to apply?
    Cardus employees and board members, along with their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings and their respective spouses) or any person living in the same households of such employees or board members, whether or not related, are not eligible to compete for a Fellowship.

  14. If I am not accepted into the program, may I re-apply next year or in the future?
    Absolutely. Stay in touch!

  15. How will Covid-19 affect planned program events in 2021?
    Due to current considerations, the first NextGEN weekend planned for July will take place via Zoom and not in person in Ottawa as originally planned. All events throughout the year are planned with public health guidelines and protocols in mind.

Have more questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to the NextGEN Program Directors.

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Rachel Feddema

NextGEN Co-Director


Stephen Lazarus

NextGEN Co-Director