Why are we doing this?

To raise up the next generation of Christian design professionals to be professionally competent and spiritually mature that they may be influencers in the Church and in the design profession worldwide.

Express your interest online for Fellowship at EMI today!

What is it?

The EMI Fellowship is a 2-3 year career-training programme for young design professionals. The Fellowship will continue to equip you both spiritually and professionally for long-term service in missions and/or to serve and minister within the context of a design firm.

Who and When?

We want you! Although there is some flexibility on start date, you will be participating with a worldwide cohort in the Fellowship programme, so the start dates are typically August of each year to align with group orientation. 


The Fellowship programme is 2-3 years in total. Fellows will spend 16-24 months at one location (typically EMI Canada) plus 8-12 months in one of our other worldwide locations. One of the goals is to provide Canadians with experience as an international worker.  


"I didn’t realize I was praying for an EMI Fellowship until it materialized."
—Rachel Su, Civil Engineering Fellow, EMI Canada


What will the fellowship look like?

Weekly Activities

EMI Canada Fellows will spend 32 hours a week participating in a traditional A/E office setting. Activities include:

  • Gaining professional experience to advance towards their professional goals (e.g. licensure requirements, professional interests, etc.)
  • Growing to manage and work independently on smaller design projects and as an integral team member on larger projects.
  • Serve as a Project Leader Assistant - project budget, recruiting, etc.
  • Exposure to professional business practices (e.g. project recruiting, budgeting, and practices unique to projects in the majority world)
  • Experience collaborating with international offices and the cultural diversity that it brings.

In addition, Fellows will spend approximately 10-20 "fellowship hours" a week with intentional development in:

  • Biblical and Theological Training through an accredited Christian university.
  • Mission and Outreach Training
  • Spiritual Formation - discipleship groups and/or office devotionals
  • Long-term professional and spiritual mentor relationships

Funding and Costs

  • Support raising will be required to provide for costs including salary and startup expenses
  • EMI can provide coaching and support to help fellows through this process

For more about Fellowships, visit the EMI World page.

Q: How do I apply for an EMI fellowship?
A: Fill out an interest form and someone from our team will contact you. You will need to create or log-in to your EMI account to fill out the form.

Q: Are there prerequisites to becoming a fellow?
A: An EMI Internship, while not required, is excellent preparation and will give you a strong feel for EMI as an organization. If you have not interned, you are welcome to apply but you may be asked to participate in a project trip and/or attend an EMI event such that you can better know EMI and we can get to know you.

Q: What about licensure requirements?
A: Each fellow should review their own specific requirements for their respective discipline and discuss this with the fellowship team as part of the application process. EMI Canada has partnered with licensed engineers to provide supervision and mentorship. The EMI Canada office also has several senior architects that can oversee your work and ensure you will have a good amount of diversity in the work you do.

Q: What would it be like to work at EMI Canada?
A: Most Canadian Fellows will begin their time at EMI Canada in Calgary, Alberta. The team is comprised of staff with a variety of experience in design and cultures, so there's lots to learn! As opportunities arise, you may be able to begin your fellowship in another location, in which case you would still expect to serve with two EMI teams so that you gain a broader depth of experience.

Q: Will I work outside of Canada office as well?
A: Yes! Each fellow will spend time with another EMI office to gain deeper cross-cultural exposure, experience the diversity of EMI worldwide, and apply the skills that you’ve been gaining into an international context.

Q: Am I a good fit for this?
A: Do you desire long-term involvement with EMI while developing as a young design professional? Do you want to grow professionally and spiritually within the EMI international context? If so, you could be a great fit and we would love to talk with you!

Q: What happens after the Fellowship programme?
A: Depending on your professional discipline and career path, the term may be adjusted or extended. At the completion of the programme, Fellows interested in long-term staff opportunities may have additional steps within or outside of EMI in order to better prepare them for long-term service.

For more about Fellowships, visit the EMI World page.

Express your interest online for Fellowship at EMI today!