Atlas Corps Professional Development Programs 2020/2021 for Social Change Leaders (Funded to the US)

Atlas Corps Professional Development Programs 2020/2021 for Social Change Leaders (Funded to the US)

Deadline: October 23, 2020

Applications are open for the Atlas Corps Professional Development Programs 2020/2021. Atlas Corps invites social change leaders from around the world to apply for their Blended and In-Person Fellowships and their Virtual Leadership Institute!

Program Details

In-Person Fellowships in the U.S.: 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.

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 their 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. See above for a description of in-person service. 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.

Virtual Leadership Institute: The new Virtual Leadership Institute is an online learning community for global social change leaders. There are five online learning modules based on the pillars of the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (Orientation, Developing Self, Developing Others, Leading Movements, Reflection Retreat). This seven-month online program includes keynote speakers, interactive workshops, self-led activities, discussion groups, and community-building activities with leading U.S. organizations and leaders. Participants, known as Atlas Corps Scholars, enhance their professional skills, build their global networks, and increase their likelihood of being placed as an Atlas Corps Fellow.


  • Applicants should have 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 the 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.


You need to submit only one application to be considered for all Atlas Corps professional development programs. Please indicate on your application whether you are interested in the Fellowship, Virtual Leadership Institute, or both.

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For more information, visit Atlas Corps.