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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, government, 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 in January, May, and September, 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

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The amount of the living stipend is fixed and is determined through an assessment of the cost of shared housing, transportation, a phone plan, 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 2020, 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:
- 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 you are from (U.S. citizens are not eligible for the U.S. Fellowship)
- Commitment to return to your home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship
- Commitment to living on a basic stipend that only covers food, shared housing, and local transportation

Pre-Application Information:

Atlas Corps accepts applications year-round, but the priority deadline to apply for placements beginning in April 2020 is November 3.

The U.S. Fellowship begins every three months. In 2020, Fellowships will start in January, April, July, and October. Each Fellowship begins with a one-week orientation program.

The application is a multi-step process.
1. Application & Selection Board Review
2. Selection Board Interview (by invitation only)
3. Host Organization Review (by invitation only)
4. Host Organization Interview (by invitation only)
5. Selection and Visa Process

Atlas Corps receives hundreds of applications each month. Each of the steps listed above may take approximately 1-3 months. The vetting process may take several months to complete. Atlas Corps prioritizes applications that may be best suited to the available Host Organization Placements. Applicants will advance at different rates.

Final decisions about each class of Fellows are made approximately 6-8 weeks before the class begins. Fellowship start dates are not flexible, and assuming your visa is approved, you must begin your Fellowship with the class to which you are accepted.


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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.