Virtual Leadership Institute for Russian Professionals

NOTE: We no longer accept applications for this opportunity. You can still apply for the Fellowship or the Virtual Leadership Institute at

The Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute is an online learning community for global social change leaders based on the established Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab. Participants, known as Atlas Corps Scholars, enhance their professional skills, build their global networks, and prepare for leadership in their home communities.


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


The Leadership Institute is organized into five online learning modules: 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. Scholars will also work on an individual project focused on their own professional development and/or on positive social impact for the community; projects can be new or existing activities.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

— Be a Russian citizen;
— 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;
— 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.

Atlas Corps Fellows and Alumni are not eligible to participate in the Virtual Leadership Institute. However, Virtual Leadership Scholars are eligible to be considered for the Atlas Corps Fellowship.

Application Process

Applicants must fill out a shortened application form to be considered for this opportunity. Please note that applying for the Atlas Corps: Virtual Leadership Institute for Russian Professionals does not also allow you to apply for the Atlas Corps Fellowship. 

If you’re interested in applying for the Atlas Corps Fellowship, please visit to learn more and start your application.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question isn’t answered there, please email


Meet our Russian Scholars

Aleksandra Sergeeva
Boris Kisov
Natalia Tishina
Yury Mysin
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