New Opportunity! Now accepting applications for 2021 opportunities.

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.

Atlas Corps is accepting applications now for programs beginning in 2021. After reading important application information below, please click here to start your application. Submit only one application to be considered for all initiatives! 

NOTE: If you are Russian or American, apply for a Special Initiatives for Russian (russia.atlascorps.org) and American (usa.atlascorps.org) Professionals. Do NOT apply on the application linked above.

Themes 

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

Format 

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.

Key Program Dates 

We launched Virtual Leadership Institute with Cohort 1 in November! Meet the Scholars here.

Eligibility for the Virtual Leadership Institute

— 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

NOTE: If you are Russian or American, apply for a Special Initiatives for Russian (russia.atlascorps.org) and American (usa.atlascorps.org) Professionals. Do NOT apply on the application linked above.

For other applicants, the application is a multi-step process that aligns with the application for the Atlas Corps Fellowship (learn more). Once you achieve Step 3 – Semi-Finalist Status, you are eligible to receive an invite to our Virtual Leadership Institute. Please note that only a select group of Semi-Finalists will receive this invitation, and Semi-Finalists may be considered for both the Fellowship and Virtual Leadership Institute simultaneously. 


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