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Fellowship Program

Cardus NextGEN is a year-long, leadership development opportunity for professional Christians aged 25 – 34.

Fellows join other young leaders from across Canada to explore the relevance and resources of the Christian faith for their vocations and for public life today.

Each class of Fellows participates in a week-long seminar on Christian social and political thought in Ottawa, as well as four weekends across Canada, and monthly Zoom Connects with guest speakers to discuss vocation, leadership, faith and public life, and public policy.

Each participant receives a mentor, an extensive curriculum of readings for the year, and a stipend of $1,000. Transportation and accommodation expenses are covered by the program for all Fellows.

The Fellowship is designed to create a supportive learning community for intellectual and spiritual growth. Discussion topics include, among others: Vocation as Servant Leadership; A Christian View of Statecraft and the Social Order; Principles of Protestant and Catholic Social Thought; Faith, Economics, and the Public Good; and Perspectives on Contemporary Public Policy Issues.

Applicants for Fellowships come from a diversity of academic, vocational, and professional backgrounds, including business, law, government, economics, communications and media, and more.

The mission of the program is to equip emerging leaders with the resources, networks, and formation they seek to excel in their own spheres of influence as servant leaders in God’s world.

Meet the NextGEN Program Directors

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Rachel F

Rachel Feddema

NextGEN Co-Director Ottawa

Stephen L

Stephen Lazarus

NextGEN Co-Director Toronto

Justine D

Justine Dyk

NextGEN Co-Director Hamilton

Advisory Board

Bringing together diverse leaders from across Canada, NextGEN has assembled an Advisory Board of professionals to provide assistance and guidance to the Fellowship.

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Alumni 2022

Our inaugural cohort of NextGEN Fellows concluded their fellowship in March of 2022

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Alumni 2023

Our second class of NextGEN Fellows concluded their fellowship in March of 2023.

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Alumni 2024

Our third class of NextGEN Fellows concluded their fellowship in March of 2024.

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Current Cohort

Twelve young, Canadian, Christian leaders have become this year’s cohort of the NextGEN Fellows Program.

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Applications are Open!

The Fellowship year runs from May to March. The year includes four weekend-long events, one week-long seminar in Ottawa, and monthly Zoom Connects.

Fellows also arrange to meet once a month with their mentors via phone, Zoom, or in person.

Applications are being received now for the 2025 – 26 class with a deadline of April 30, 2025. The NextGEN Fellowship is open to Canadian residents, ages 25 – 34 (as of April 30, 2025), who can commit to the year-long participation requirements of the Fellowship program.

Important Dates

Schedule for 2024 – 2025

Applicants will need to be able to commit to the following schedule in addition to virtual gatherings. Complete schedule →

  • NextGEN Weekend 1: July 12 – 13, 2024 in Hamilton, ON
  • Cardus NextGEN September Seminar: September 15 – 21, 2024 in Ottawa, ON
  • NextGEN Weekend 2: November 8 – 9, 2024 in Calgary, AB
  • NextGEN Weekend 3: January 17 – 18, 2025 in Vancouver, BC
  • NextGEN Weekend 4: March 21 – 22, 2025 in Halifax, NS