Priority Application Deadline: July 30, 2021

The Atlas Corps Special Initiative for Russian Professionals is specifically looking to recruit emerging Russian leaders for professional development opportunities in the United States.

The Atlas Corps Fellowship engages professionals committed to social change in 12-18 months of service with organizations in the U.S. to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global 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 Fellows on 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.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

— Be 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 35 or younger;
— Be committed to returning to their home country after the Fellowship program.

Application Process

Applicants to this special initiative should go through the same online application process as other applicants for the Atlas Corps Fellowship.

Visit for more information and to start your application. Applications are accepted year-round, but our priority deadline to be considered for January 2022 programs is July 30, 2021. 

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

Meet our Russian Fellows

Bella Goldshtein
Russia ( Host: National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry)
Nurangiz Khodzharova
Russia (Host: Net Impact)