Apply for the Virtual Leadership Institute for U.S. and Russian Professionals
Deadline extended until July 15, 2022

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The Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute for U.S. and Russian Professionals is an online learning community for global social impact 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 Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute is implemented with partial support from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, as part of a special initiative to build stronger ties between Russian and American citizens. The initiative will connect emerging Russian and American professionals to promote increased mutual understanding and collaboration during and after the program.

In addition to building connections with peers in Russia and the U.S., Scholars will also join the Atlas Corps network of 1100+ rising leaders from 110+ countries.


The Leadership Institute is organized into five online learning modules: Orientation, Developing Self, Developing Others, Leading Movements, and Reflection. This five-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 participate in activities and guided dialogue on topics such as cross-cultural dialogue; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and U.S. and Russian civil society.

Scholars will also design and implement in-country Leadership Projects focused on their own professional development and/or on positive social impact on the community. Scholars will collaborate on Leadership Projects in peer coaching groups led by trained facilitators throughout the program. Scholars who successfully complete program requirements will be eligible to apply for small grants of up to $1000 to support the implementation of their Leadership Project, via our Community Impact Fund.


— Engagement in approximately 100 hours of FREE professional development training;

— Publicity on Atlas Corps external communication channels;

— Access to additional Atlas Corps trainings and opportunities;

— Lifetime enrollment in the global Atlas Corps Community (of 1100+ social change leaders from 110+ countries) upon successful completion;

— Eligibility for funds (up to $1,000) to support a Leadership Project implementation that is focused on your professional development and/or on positive social impact for the community.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

— Fit one of the following categories: 1) Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; OR 2) a Russian citizen;

— Have two or more years of full-time professional experience working to address critical social issues;

— Possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;

— Be proficient in English (oral, writing, reading);

— Be aged 40 years old or younger;

— Have the technological capacity to participate in video calls which may be during working hours (1-2 per month);

— Be available to commit to 3 hours of online activity and assignments per week for approximately 5 months;

— Be committed to applying the knowledge gained from their Atlas Corps experience in Russia or the U.S.

This program is best suited for rising leaders who seek structured professional development, have a passion for social impact, and have an interest in making international connections with U.S. and Russian citizens. Early to mid-career professionals with a background or interest in international affairs, diplomacy, and U.S.-Russian relations will also benefit from participation in this program.

Key Program Dates

(anticipated, subject to change)

Application Process

Applicants must fill out this shortened application to be considered for this opportunity. Please note that this application form is not for the Atlas Corps Fellowship. If you’re interested in applying for the Atlas Corps Fellowship separately, please visit

If you are a past candidate who wants to re-apply for the Virtual Leadership Institute, please update your existing application and send an email to to inform Atlas Corps that you have reapplied.

Atlas Corps is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility and encourages candidates of all backgrounds and abilities to apply.

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

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