Atlas Corps invites social change leaders from around the world to apply for the Blended and In-Person Fellowships and the Virtual Leadership Institute!
Atlas Corps is dedicated to providing rising nonprofit leaders with opportunities to obtain additional skills those leaders will require to have an even greater impact. Atlas Corps does not want to take highly experienced senior-level directors away from the important work they are doing and does not want to recruit students to participate in this program since they may not have enough relevant experience to share with organizations.
Fellows – but not their dependents – receive:
- Program-related international travel
- Program-related domestic travel
- Basic health insurance that covers new injuries and illnesses (or funds to purchase basic health insurance)
- Monthly stipend for basic living expenses in the city where the Fellow is placed (shared housing, food, local transportation, and a phone plan)
- Documentation (DS-2019) that enables the Fellow to obtain a J-1 visa
- Placement with a Host Organization
- Participation in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (leadership development training series).
- 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.
- 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.
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 includes a brief eligibility test to determine if applicants meet the basic requirements of their programs. Once applicants pass that initial eligibility test, they will be asked to give information on their passport, travel/visa history, language skills, employment history, professional skills, and social issue areas. They will also be asked to complete three short essay questions.
- The application also requires additional attachments: An official transcript or diploma from previously attended universities, 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.
- Applicants may submit the online application before they upload their transcript/diploma and before the recommenders complete their forms. However, applicants will not be able to proceed to the later steps of the selection process until the entire application is complete. At that stage, the Atlas Corps Selection Board will review applications to determine to select strong applicants to move on to the interview stage. The Atlas Corps Selection board includes the Atlas Corps staff and nonprofit sector, government, and business leaders from multiple countries.
Selection Board Interview (by invitation only)
- Atlas Corps selects top applicants who have the potential to match potential Host Organization placements and/or to qualify for the Virtual Leadership Institute for an interview via Skype with the Atlas Corps Selection Board.
- Applicants that pass the interview stage will be designated a Semi-Finalist for the Atlas Corps Fellowship and/or Virtual Leadership Institute. Semi-Finalists for the Fellowship are eligible to be reviewed by potential Host Organizations for placements based on their interests and skillset and the organization’s needs.
- Semi-Finalists for the Virtual Leadership Institute are eligible to be invited to participate in the program.
Selection for the Fellowship
- Host Organizations will make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected applicants. After being selected, Atlas Corps will support Fellows making the necessary logistical arrangements to prepare for the Fellowship.
- For the online component of the Blended Fellowship, Atlas Corps will support Fellows in reaching the technological capacity necessary to complete Host Organization requirements. For the In-Person Fellowship and the U.S.-based component of the Blended Fellowship, Atlas Corps will support Fellows in applying for a J-1 visa in their respective countries.
For more information, visit https://atlascorps.org/apply/