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Deadline: October 23, 2020

Atlas Corps invites social change leaders from around the world to apply for the Blended and In-Person Fellowships and Virtual Leadership Institute!

In-Person Fellowship in the U.S.

COVID-19 Update: The exact start date of the next class of our In-Person Fellowship will depend on how guidelines around health, travel, and visas develop over time.

The Atlas Corps In-Person Fellowship is a 12-18 month Fellowship in the United States for the world’s top social change leaders. Fellows serve full-time with Host Organizations to develop leadership skills and learn effective practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series and networking opportunities with other Fellows. The U.S.-based component of the Fellowship allows participants to engage in group cultural activities like a D.C. Monuments Tour, sporting events, U.S. holiday celebrations, and more. 

Atlas Corps sponsors the J-1 Trainee visa and covers most visa expenses. Atlas Corps also provides each Fellow with a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing), a monthly phone plan, emergency health and travel insurance, and round-trip international airfare.

In addition to full-time service at their Host Organization, Fellows will also participate in over 200 hours of in-person and virtual training through our Global Leadership Lab.

Through this Fellowship, Atlas Corps seeks to advance the U.S. State Department Education and Cultural Exchange Bureau’s Mission: To promote mutual understanding through people-to-people exchanges and to further U.S. foreign policy objectives by engaging international exchange visitors and American communities in a diversity of positive, safe, and enriching educational, cultural and professional exchange programs.

Blended Fellowship (Virtual + U.S.-based)

The new Blended Fellowship combines virtual service from Fellows’ home countries with service in the United States, along with in-person and virtual training through our Global Leadership Lab. The exact start date and length of the U.S.-based component of the Fellowship will depend on how guidelines around health, travel, and visas develop over time and the individual needs of the Host Organization.

The typical blended Fellowship will include 4-6 months of full-time remote service from Fellows’ home countries with U.S.-based Host Organizations until they can safely travel to the U.S. for in-person service. During remote service, Fellows receive a stipend based on the local cost of living that would cover lodging for one person, basic utilities, food, local transportation, and financial support for the technology necessary to meet Host Organization requirements remotely.

The total length of the Fellowship (including the remote and in-person components) is typically 14 months but can be extended by agreement of the Fellow and Host.

Eligibility for the Atlas Corps Programs

— Two or more years of full-time professional experience working to address critical social issues; — Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; — English proficiency (oral, writing, reading); — Age 35 or younger; — Citizens of EVERY country (except the U.S.) are eligible to apply to all our programs.

Additional requirements for the Blended Fellowship and In-Person Fellowship in the U.S.: — Commitment to return to your home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship; — Commitment to living on a basic stipend that only covers food, shared housing, and local transportation.

Additional requirements for the Virtual Leadership Institute: — Technological capacity to participate in video calls (1-2 per month); — Availability to commit to 2-3 hours of online activity and assignments per week for 7 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application & Selection Board Review

Applicants are required to register for an account and save their login information through our online application system so that they can return to the application at any time.

The application also requires additional attachments:

A. An official transcript or diploma from previously attended universities.

B. Two Recommendations: Applicants are required to submit contact information for at least two recommenders who know them in a professional capacity. Applicants will need to send their requests directly through the application system. Their recommenders will receive an email that asks for a recommendation. More detailed instructions can be found in the online application form.


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