2022-23 Atlas Corps Fellowship in the USA – International Applicants, All Countries

2022-23 Atlas Corps Fellowship in the USA – International Applicants, All Countries

The 2022-23 Atlas Corps Fellowship in the USA

The Atlas Corps in the United States of America invites social change leaders from around the world to apply for its 12-month US-based and 14-month Blended In-Person Fellowships and the Virtual Leadership Institute starting in late 2022 and 2023. They are currently recruiting candidates for the Fellowship and Virtual Leadership Opportunities.

Atlas Corps is one of the best fully funded fellowships in the United States for the leaders and proponents of social change. The international fellowship in the United States aims to build a great diversity of globally competent leaders who are able to detect change in their community with the knowledge they gain from those programs. In this US fellowship program, the promising individuals from all over the world experience high-level professional development which serves as a stimulus in their future and career.

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The Fellowship Opportunities are geared towards:

  • (i) Climate Change and Environment,
  • (ii) Operations and Human Resources, and
  • (iii) South-East and East-Asian Leaders.

The Virtual Leadership Institute Opportunities are geared towards:

  • (i) Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate Virtual Leadership Institute and
  • (ii) Russian & American Virtual Leadership Initiative.

To learn more about our leadership development programs, visit programs.atlascorps.org

Fellowship Opportunities

Note: Application to the Atlas Corps Fellowship program is due by May 31, 2022. If candidate experience or background does not fit within one of the fellowship categories, he’s still eligible to apply. However, please note that your application may not be reviewed until October 2022 or later as we seek to prioritise these applicants whose profiles are underrepresented in our current semi-finalist pool. 

Virtual Leadership Institute Opportunities

Candidates to the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate for Leadership must submit an application by April 9, 2022. Candidates to the Atlas Corps Russian & American Virtual Leadership Initiative must submit an application by April 24, 2022. Special initiatives for the Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute require candidates to prepare a separated application. Check their website for more details.

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Additional requirements for the 12-month US-based or 14-month Blended Fellowship in the United States

  • Citizens from most countries (except the U.S.) are eligible to apply to the Fellowship.
  • Willingness to return to your home country after the 12-month US-based or 14-month Blended Fellowship.
  • Willingness to living on a basic stipend that only covers food, shared housing, and local transportation.
  • Received a COVID-19 Vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation by the program start date.

Eligibility for the Atlas Corps Professional Development Programs

  • Age limit must be 35 or younger.
  • Applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Applicant must present English proficiency (oral, writing, reading).
  • Commitment to addressing critical social issues in your country or region.
  • Two or more years of full-time professional experience.

Please view their FAQ section here for more information on country eligibility for the Fellowship.

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 8 months.
  • Anyone age 18 – 35 from any country may be eligible, but some programs are made available only to citizens of select countries.

For more explanation of the eligibility requirements and the full list of the skill-sets they are recruiting for, check out their Frequently Asked Questions page.

Application Process

Atlas Corps accepts applications on a rolling basis each year, though it is recommended that you apply by priority deadlines for initiatives listed on this site for a prompt consideration of your application. The application is a two-step process.

Candidates for the Atlas Corps Fellowship that reach the Semi-Finalist stage may also be considered for an invitation to the Virtual Leadership Institute and can indicate their interest on the Fellowship application. They may be requested to complete supplemental questions specifically for the Virtual Leadership Institute. PLEASE VISIT HERE FOR MORE ON APPLICATION PROCESS


Atlas Corps evaluates suitable applications throughout the year on a rolling basis, yet you are encouraged to submit your application before the earliest deadline listed in the Apply Now section of their website as soon as possible. When you apply to the program, you’re not applying for a specific start date or a specific Host Organisation, but applying for the opportunity to be considered by Atlas Corps (and potential Host Organisations) for leadership development programs starting throughout the year.

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The Atlas Corps Fellow Classes start approximately four times a year (typically January, April, July, and October). Placement cycles where we match top Semi-Finalists with our submitted Host roles take place approximately 2-4 months prior to the next Fellowship start date. For example, Fellows placed for their January class are from September to November, and their July class, from March to May).

If it is not possible to bring individual Fellows to the U.S. due to travel, visa, or safety guidelines, alternative program options will discussed with those Fellows individually (which may include our Blended Fellowship, combining remote service with in-person service).

Atlas Corps Fellowship Category 1: 12-month In-Person Fellowship in the U.S.

The Atlas Corps In-Person Fellowship is designed for the world’s top social change leaders, where Fellows serve full-time with Host Organisations to develop leadership skills and learn effective practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series and networking opportunities with other Fellows.

Participants may join the activities of the Fellowship within the United States, such as U.S. holiday celebrations, group cultural activities like a D.C. Monuments Tour, and sporting events, etc. The Fellowship may last 12 full months if a participant chooses to participate in all activities within this time frame. A participant may extend the Fellowship for an additional 6 months if it is agreed to by the Host Organisation and the Participant.

In addition to full-time service at their Host Organisation (an average of 40 hours per week), Fellows will also participate in over 200 hours of in-person and virtual training through our Global Leadership Lab. Atlas Corps sponsors the J-1 Trainee visa, which allows foreign nationals to visit the U.S. for roughly a year or as long as three years.

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Atlas Corps even offers each Fellow a living stipend to cover everyday expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing), a monthly phone plan, national and international emergency medical insurance, and round-trip international airfare. For further inquiries regarding this, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Atlas Corps Fellowship Category 2: Blended (Remote and US-based) 14-Month Fellowship

The Blended Fellowship draws upon virtual service from Fellows -based countries, along with service in the United States, and in-person and virtual training through their Global Leadership Lab. A Blended Fellowship (including the remote and in-person components) may last from 1 to 14 months, depending on whether a Host and the Fellow agree to extend it. This fellowship typically includes:

  • Service in the U.S.
  • Global Leadership Lab & Global Network.
  • Service from Fellows’ home countries.

Further clarifications regarding these can be obtained here.

Atlas Corps Leadership Category: Virtual Leadership Institute

An electronic application for Atlas Corps’s Virtual Leadership Fellowship is created with a clear set of criteria on the home page for every opportunity’s page. Interested applicants can also indicate their interest in the Fellowship on their electronic application. Participation is open to Atlas Corps Scholars, who enhance their professional skills and build their global networks to prepare for leadership roles in their communities.

NOTE: Please visit the application page here to find out if Atlas Corps is accepting applications for the Virtual Leadership Institute.

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The Leadership Institute is organised into five online modules comprising Orientation, Developing Self, Developing Others, Leading Movements, Reflection Retreat. The five-month program consists of daily keynote speakers, interactive workshops, self-led activities, discussion groups, and community-building activities with companies and influential leaders from the United States.


The Leadership Institute focuses on three themes: Developing Self, Developing Others, and Leading Movements.