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Atlas Corps Overseas Fellowship

The Atlas Corps Fellowship is an opportunity for leaders and professionals in the non-profit sector. The programme is a professional fellowship offered three times a year for non-profit leaders in the US and Latin America.

Scholarship Summary  
|Level: Graduate (Fellowship) |Institution(s):  Partner Institutions
|Location:  USA, Colombia |Field(s): Several Topics
|Target: All |Deadline(s):  15 July, 8 Nov, 22 March, 2018

The Atlas Corps Overseas Fellowship is offered by Atlas Corps, an overseas fellowship for the world’s best non-profit leaders. Atlas Corps has as its core mission to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled non-profit professionals.

The Atlas Corps Fellowship typically lasts 12-18 months. Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations located either in the United States or Latin America. While serving at Host Organizations, fellows work on issues that complement their expertise. Thus, fellows develop their leadership skills while sharing best practices and supplement daily knowledge with theoretical topics presented in the Atlas Corps Non-profit Management Series.

Each Fellowship begins with a one-week orientation program, followed by 50 weeks at Host Organizations. Fellows return to their home countries immediately after the program ends. Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations, develop leadership skills, and learn non-profit best practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series and networking opportunities with other Fellows who are skilled non-profit professionals from around the world.

The prestigious fellowship includes:

  • health insurance
  • enrolment in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab
  • flight and visa costs
  • a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing).

For details on benefits, see Benefits for the Fellows coming to the U.S. AND Benefits for Fellows coming to Latin America.


You can apply to become a Fellow if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 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 – check out the Fellowship in Colombia!)
  • Commitment to return to your home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship
  • Commitment to living on a basic stipend thatonly covers food, shared housing, and local transportation

How to apply for the Atlas Corps Overseas Fellowship

Atlas Corps Network consider applications on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be considered for Host Organization placements, which begin in January, May, or September. The application is a multi-step process involving:

  1. Online Application – Part 1:You will need to create a login and you can save your responses so you can return to the application at any time
  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”)
  3. Atlas Corps Review 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
  4. Host Organization Review Process (by invitation only):Candidates who pass the Atlas Corps interview stage will be designated as Semi-Finalists
  5. Selection and Visa Process

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 considers applications on a rolling basis for classes that begin in January, May, and September. You are encouraged 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.

 You can also visit the scholarship announcement page  for further information.

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