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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 individuals in nonprofit, for-profit, governmental, and other sectors, 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.

Participants receive health insurance, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing).

The Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab comprises of more than 200 hours of experiential learning that is both theoretical and practical. At three, four-day training immersions convened over the course of the 12-month Fellowship, Fellows participate in presentations and workshops led by innovative social change leaders who share practical strategies for social impact, as well as their own professional journeys. This professional development series intentionally combines hard skills like business planning and proposal writing with intensive workshops that explore critical soft skills like conflict resolution and leadership.

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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.

The U.S. Fellowship begins every three months. In 2019, Fellowships will start in January, April, July, and October. Each Fellowship begins with a one-week orientation program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for the Atlas Corps Fellowship:
- 2 to 10 years of relevant experience in the social sector, which can include NGOs/nonprofits, businesses, government, social enterprises, or media organizations
- 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, though applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be considered for Host Organization placements.

The application is a multi-step process. Fellow Classes start four times a year: January, April, July, and October. To be considered for Fellowships beginning in July and October, you are encouraged to submit your Part 1 application no later than February 28. To be considered for Fellowships beginning in January or April, submit your Part 1 application no later than August 15.

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. If the applicant passes the eligibility test, the applicant will complete additional background questions and one short essay.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Final decisions about each class of Fellows are made approximately 4-8 weeks before the class begins.


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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.