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Atlas Corps Fellowship (USA)

Fellowships to Canada and International Individuals
for Nonprofit Leadership Training in the USA

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Fellowships to Canada and International individual nonprofit professionals for leadership training in the USA. The fellowship is intended for a period that typically lasts 12 to 18 months and consists of a full-time professional development program at the host organization in the United States. Fellows will develop leadership skills, learn nonprofit best practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series, and network with other Fellows who are skilled nonprofit professionals from around the world.

This prestigious fellowship includes health insurance, enrollment in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (groceries, local transportation, and shared housing).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166232

Estimated Size of Grant:

The amount of the living stipend is fixed and is determined through an assessment of the cost of shared housing, transportation, and food in each city.

Term of Contract:

The Atlas Corps Fellowship typically lasts 12-18 months. (For those serving in the United States, the 2018-19 Fellowships start in January, March, May, July, September and November).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for the Atlas Corps Fellowship:
- Two or more years of relevant experience
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent
- English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
- Age 35 or younger
- Apply to serve in a country other than where the applicant is from (U.S. citizens are not eligible for the U.S. Fellowship)
- Commitment to return to one's home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship
- Commitment to living on a basic stipend that only covers groceries, shared housing, and local transportation to and from the Host Organization

Pre-Application Information:

Atlas Corps considers applications on a rolling basis for the classes that begin in January, May, and September. The Foundation encourages applicants to apply by July 15 to be considered for the January class, apply by November 8 to be considered for the May class, and apply by March 22 to be considered for the September class. Applications are accepted year-round, but earlier applications tend to be more successful. When applying, applicants should indicate for which class(es) they are applying.

1. Online Application - Part 1: Applicants will need to create a login and can save their responses so they can return to the application at any time. In Part 1 of the application (known as the “short form”), applicants provide contact information and complete the initial eligibility test, and if the applicant passes the eligibility test, the applicant will complete additional background questions and one short essay.

Note: In order to sponsor candidates to come to the United States for one year as a Fellow, the Foundation requires detailed information about each applicant. Please answer each question honestly and thoroughly. If an applicant is found to be dishonest in the application, the applicant will not be accepted as a Fellow and the applicant will be sent home if the applicant has been accepted.

2. Online Application - Part 2 (by invitation only): Atlas Corps will review Part 1 applications and invite eligible candidates to complete Part 2 of the application (known as the “long form”), which includes additional questions about the applicant's skills and interests and several short essay questions. The applicant will also be required to submit contact information for at least two references who know the applicant in a professional capacity and will write a letter of recommendation about the applicant's skills and experiences as well as the applicant's potential for success as an Atlas Corps Fellow. The applicant will need to send their requests for letter of recommendation directly through the application system. The recommenders will receive an email that asks for a recommendation. More detailed instructions can be found in the online application form.

3. Atlas Corps Review and Interview Process (by invitation only): Atlas Corps will review Part 2 applications and select top candidates to interview via Skype with the Atlas Corps Selection Board, including Atlas Corps staff and nonprofit sector, government, and business leaders from multiple countries.

4. Host Organization Review Process (by invitation only): Candidates who pass the Atlas Corps interview stage will be designated as Semi-Finalists, which means they are eligible to be reviewed by potential Host Organizations . Atlas Corps determines which of our Semi-Finalists may be a good fit for specific positions at potential Host Organizations based on their interests and skillset and the organization’s needs, and forwards those applications to the organizations.

5. Host Organization Interview Process (by invitation only): Host Organizations conduct Skype video interviews with selected Semi- Finalists.

6. Selection and Visa Process: Host Organizations will make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected candidates. After being selected, Fellows will go to the U.S. Embassy in their respective countries to apply for a J-1 visa. Atlas Corps will provide support in obtaining this visa.

7. Semi-Finalists who are not selected by a Host Organization will be notified and may be given the option to keep their application on file for consideration for the next class of the Fellowship.

Atlas Corps receives hundreds of applications each month, so each of the steps listed above may take approximately 1-3 months. Most applications are reviewed within two major vetting periods each year. Occasionally Atlas Corps may “fast-track” applications for special opportunities, but in most cases, the vetting process will take several months overall. Applicants may apply at any time and be considered, but the Foundation encourages applicants to spend some time on the application, including having it be reviewed by a peer, and then submit it as early as possible and not wait for any deadlines, so that the Foundation can start reviewing the applicant's eligibility and background. See below for the approximate calendar, which is subject to change.

When an applicant applies for the Atlas Corps Fellowship, the applicant is not applying for a specific Host Organization or a specific start date; the applicant is applying for the opportunity to be considered by Atlas Corps and potential Host Organizations for placements starting in January, March, May, July, September, or November. Semi-Finalist applications are kept on file and considered for multiple classes unless the candidate withdraws their application. In some cases, strong candidates may be selected for the Fellowship in as little as 3-4 months after they first submitted Part 1 of their application, while in other cases, strong candidates may be considered for multiple classes before matching with a Host Organization placement.

Final decisions about each class of Fellows are made approximately 4-8 weeks before the class begins. For example, the January class decisions are typically made in November; May class decisions are typically made in March; September class decisions are typically made in July.

Applicants may re-apply to the program, but applicants should only apply once a year, unless there is a dramatic change in the application, such as completing graduate school, winning an award, etc.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.