Atlas Corps invites social change leaders from around the world to apply for our 12-18 month In-Person Fellowship in the United States and our Virtual Leadership Institute!
Atlas Corps is accepting applications now for the 12-18 month In-Person U.S. Fellowship with program start dates in October 2021 and January 2022. Candidates should apply by May 16, 2021 to receive priority consideration for these start dates. We accept applications year-round, but candidates are encouraged to apply early as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Candidates may also indicate their interest in joining the Virtual Leadership Institute on the same application form. We anticipate launching a new cohort in late 2021 or early 2022; this page will be updated as the next start date is confirmed.
While Atlas Corps seeks candidates from a wide variety of specialties, we are prioritizing applicants for opportunities beginning in late 2021 or early 2022 with two or more years of full-time experience in at least one of the following skill areas:
♦ Communications / Marketing: Create engaging content, manage social media, and develop marketing campaigns to increase visibility and engagement.
♦ Partnership Building / Business Development: Mobilize networks, manage partnerships, and develop business proposals to amplify impact.
♦ Monitoring & Evaluation / Data Analysis: Build frameworks, collect data, and provide analysis, recommendations, and trainings to drive program design decision-making.
♦ Technology / Engineering: Engineer products (websites, platforms, applications, etc.) to support mission-driven work. Maintain and train teams on information technology systems.
After learning about our programs and reading important application information below, please click here to start your application.
Eligibility for the Atlas Corps Programs
— Two or more years of full-time professional experience working to address critical social issues;
— Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
— English proficiency (oral, writing, reading);
— Age 35 or younger;
— Citizens of EVERY country (except the U.S.) are eligible to apply to all our programs.
Additional requirements for the Blended Fellowship and In-Person Fellowship in the U.S.:
— 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.
Additional requirements for the Virtual Leadership Institute:
— Technological capacity to participate in video calls (1-2 per month);
— Availability to commit to 2-3 hours of online activity and assignments per week for 8 months.
For more explanation of the eligibility requirements and the full list of the skill-sets we are recruiting for, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
You need to submit only one application to be considered for all Atlas Corps professional development programs. Please indicate on your application whether you are interested in the Fellowship, Virtual Leadership Institute, or both.
Atlas Corps considers applications on a rolling basis, though we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to be considered for programs starting soon. The application is a multi-step process.
1. Application & Selection Board Review
Applicants are required to register for an account and save their login information through our online application system so that they can return to the application at any time.
The application includes a brief eligibility test to determine if applicants meet the basic requirements of our programs. Once applicants pass that initial eligibility test, they will be asked to give information on their passport, travel/visa history, language skills, employment history, professional skills, and social issue areas. They will also be asked to complete three short essay questions.
The application also requires additional attachments:
A. An official transcript or diploma from previously attended universities.
B. Two Recommendations: Applicants are required to submit contact information for at least two recommenders who know them in a professional capacity. Applicants will need to send their requests directly through the application system. Their recommenders will receive an email that asks for a recommendation. More detailed instructions can be found in the online application form.
Applicants may submit the online application before they upload their transcript/diploma and before the recommenders complete their forms. However, applicants will not be able to proceed to the later steps of the selection process until the entire application is complete. At that stage, the Atlas Corps Selection Board will review applications to determine to select strong applicants to move on to the interview stage. The Atlas Corps Selection board includes the Atlas Corps staff and nonprofit sector, government, and business leaders from multiple countries.
2. Selection Board Interview (by invitation only)
Atlas Corps selects top applicants who have the potential to match potential Host Organization placements and/or to qualify for the Virtual Leadership Institute for an interview via Skype with the Atlas Corps Selection Board.
3. Semi-Finalist Status
Applicants that pass the interview stage will be designated a Semi-Finalist for the Atlas Corps Fellowship and/or Virtual Leadership Institute. Semi-Finalists for the Fellowship are eligible to be reviewed by potential Host Organizations for placements based on their interests and skillset and the organization’s needs. Semi-Finalists for the Virtual Leadership Institute are eligible to be invited to participate in the program.
4a. Host Organization Review and Interview for the Fellowship (by invitation only)
Potential Host Organizations submit position descriptions for their available Fellowship positions to Atlas Corps. We search our pool of Semi-Finalists for the top candidates that are the best fit for those positions and forward their applications to potential Host Organizations for a review.
Potential Host Organizations invite Semi-Finalists that best match their positions to conduct Skype video interviews with them, moving on to the Finalist stage. The Host Organization may ask for additional information from the Finalists, such as sample assignments.
4b. Invitation to Virtual Leadership Institute
Atlas Corps selects its top Semi-Finalists to invite to the Virtual Leadership Institute. Candidates must confirm that they have the technological capacity and availability to make a commitment of 2-3 hours a week of active online participation over 8 months. Semi-Finalists can be considered for both the Virtual Leadership Institute and the Atlas Corps Fellowship at the same time.
5a. Selection for the Fellowship
Host Organizations will make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected applicants. After being selected, Atlas Corps will support Fellows making the necessary logistical arrangements to prepare for the Fellowship. Atlas Corps will support Fellows in applying for a J-1 visa in their respective countries.
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 will continually reassess Semi-Finalists to determine if they are still in consideration for future Fellowship placements. Semi-Finalists MUST update their availability through their account every 2-4 months in order to remain in consideration for the Fellowship and to be eligible to have their application sent to prospective Hosts. Semi-Finalists will periodically receive a reminder email to do so.
5b. Selection for the Virtual Leadership Institute
Atlas Corps selects Semi-Finalists who have successfully confirmed their interest and availability to participate in the Virtual Leadership Institute as Atlas Corps Scholars. Atlas Corps facilitates the enrollment of Scholars into the program.
Atlas Corps accepts applications year-round. We recommend submitting your application as soon as possible to initiate the review process for the Fellowship and/or Virtual Leadership Institute. When you apply for our programs, you’re not applying for a specific start date or a specific Host Organization. You are applying for the opportunity to be considered by Atlas Corps (and potential Host Organizations) for programs starting throughout the year.
Our Fellow Classes start approximately four times a year (typically January, April, July, and October). Placement cycles where we match top Semi-Finalists with our submitted Host roles take place approximately the 2-4 months prior to the next Fellowship start-date. For example, we place Fellows in our January class from September to November, and our July class from March to May). We are preparing for Fellows in our upcoming classes to come to the U.S. for a 12-month In-Person Fellowship, and we expect that most or all of our Fellows will be placed into this program. However, if it is not possible to bring individual Fellows to the U.S. due to travel, visa, or safety guidelines, we will discuss alternative program options with those Fellows individually (which may include our Blended Fellowship, combining remote service with in-person service).
We anticipate launching a new cohort of Virtual Leadership Institute in late 2021 or early 2022.
We notify selected Fellows and Scholars approximately 4-8 weeks before the start of any program. Acceptance to a Fellowship class or Institute cohort cannot be deferred to a future start date.
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