Atlas Corps Fellowship for Social Change Leaders in the United States
Atlas Corps invites social change leaders from around the world to apply for our Fellowship! We encourage candidates to plan for their futures and apply now because the selection process for Fellows typically takes several months, and because Atlas Corps is adapting its model to current global conditions.
We are excited to be launching a blended fellowship that combines virtual service from Fellows’ home countries with service in the United States. The exact timing of the U.S.-based component of the Fellowship will depend on how guidelines about health, travel, and visas develop over time.
We will also be piloting our virtual learning network, an online Atlas Corps community that brings the professional and networking strengths of our model to emerging social impact leaders across the world.
Atlas Corps accepts applications year-round, but we encourage you to start your application soon.
The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-18 month Fellowship in the United States and online 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.
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.
Eligibility for the Atlas Corps Fellowship
— Two or more years of relevant experience
— Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
— English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
— Age 35 or younger
— Apply to serve in a country other than where you are from (U.S. citizens are not eligible for the U.S. Fellowship)
— 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
Atlas Corps considers applications on a rolling basis, though we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to be considered for Host Organization placements. The application is a multi-step process. Our Fellow Classes start four times a year (typically January, April, July, and October).
Atlas Corps receives hundreds of applications each month. Each of the steps listed above may take approximately 1-3 months. The overall vetting process may take several months to complete. We prioritize applications that may be best suited to our available Host Organization Placements. Applicants will advance at different rates.
We recommend submitting your application as soon as possible to initiate the review process. You may apply at any time, so please do not wait for any deadlines. If you are accepted to the Fellowship, there may be a quick turnaround time between your acceptance and the beginning of the Fellowship.
Final decisions about each class of Fellows are made approximately 4-8 weeks before the class begins. Fellowship start dates are not flexible and assuming your visa is approved, you must begin your Fellowship with the class to which you are accepted.
For more information, visit the official website of the Atlas Corps Fellowship Here.