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Black Diplomats Academy Cohort Applications are Now Open!


The Black Diplomats Academy (BDA) is launching a groundbreaking 10-month virtual fellowship on February 9, 2024, targeting the underrepresentation of Black professionals in Public Sector and Global Diplomacy Careers. This program offers specialized training for Black youth aged 18-35.

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


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 Learn more about DYLOTT at (Internships subject to availability)