Atlas Corps invites social change leaders from around the world to apply for our Fellowship in the U.S. (in-person and blended models) and our Virtual Leadership Institute!

After reading important application information below, please click here to start your application. Atlas Corps is accepting applications now for programs in 2021. Early applications encouraged as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Learn more about our programs by clicking one of the buttons below and submit only one application, where you can indicate which of our programs interest you! We accept applications year-round, but we encourage you to start your application soon. Learn more about the application process.


Special Initiatives

Atlas Corps Fellowship

Special Opportunity: Thanks to the support of the U.S. State Department, Atlas Corps has a special focus on rising leaders from Palestinian Territories and Russia.

Learn more about the Fellowship from one of our upcoming Facebook Live interviews with our Fellows and Alumni!

In-Person Fellowship 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.

In addition to full-time service at their Host Organization, Fellows will also participate in over 200 hours of in-person and virtual training through our Global Leadership Lab.

Through this Fellowship, Atlas Corps seeks to advance the U.S. State Department Education and Cultural Exchange Bureau’s Mission: To promote mutual understanding through people-to-people exchanges and to further U.S. foreign policy objectives by engaging international exchange visitors and American communities in a diversity of positive, safe, and enriching educational, cultural and professional exchange programs.

Blended Fellowship (Virtual + U.S.-based)

Our new Blended Fellowship combines virtual service from Fellows’ home countries with service in the United States, along with in-person and virtual training through our 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

Our 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.

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.

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You can apply for all three opportunities on one application. Learn more about the application process at, and click here to start your application.

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