Black Diplomats Academy Cohort Applications are Now Open!

Overview Black Diplomats Academy

On February 9, 2024, The Black Diplomats Academy (BDA) will introduce a novel 10-month virtual fellowship aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of Black professionals in the public sector and global diplomacy careers. This program provides 18–35-year-old Black youth with specialized training.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the BDA program, applicants must:

  • Currently attend or have graduated within 24 months from a College/University.
  • Identify as Black/African descent.
  • Have an interest in Diplomatic and Public Sector Careers.
  • Be available for 4 hours of weekly online module delivery.

Program Objectives

The BDA program is designed to:

  • Equip participants to engage in regional, national, and global policy issues, focusing on sustainable employment and the digital age’s future of work.
  • Collaborate with national and international partners to deliver the program.
  • Provide opportunities for career exploration, valuable insights, and coaching/mentorship.


Weekly learning labs cover topics such as:

  • Introduction to Diplomacy
  • Diplomatic Business Development, Trade, and Procurement
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Bilateral and Multilateral Relations/Treaty Partnerships
  • Youth in Diplomacy
  • Careers in Diplomacy and Negotiation
  • Public Speaking Engagements

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Program Timeline


February – May 2024 Weekly learning labs via Zoom on Fridays and Saturdays (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT).
May – July 2024  Group work creating working papers on UN’s International Decade on People of African Descent and Sustainable Development Goals.
July 12 – 14, 2024 Black Diplomacy Global Summit in Ottawa, Ontario.
July – December 2024 Mentorship matching and potential internships.
December 14, 2024 BDA Gala (Graduation) in Ottawa, Ontario.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates can apply by completing the 45-minute application. Attach your CV to the form or email it to [email protected]. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Program admission results shared during the week of January 29, 2024.

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Open House

Join our virtual Open House on Saturday, November 18, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT. Register here.

For inquiries, contact [email protected]. Learn more about DYLOTT at (Internships subject to availability).

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