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Atlas Corps Fellowship

Fellowships to Canada and International Individuals for
Leadership Development at USA-Based Nonprofits

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Atlas Corps

Deadline Date:

06/01/20

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Fellowships to Canada and International individuals for leadership development training at USA-based organizations. The fellowship is intended for social change leaders from around the world to gain experience and learn professional development skills at host organizations, while participating in enriching educational, cultural, and professional exchange programs.

The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-18 month Fellowship in the United States and online for the world’s top social change leaders. Fellows serve full-time with Host Organizations to develop leadership skills and learn effective practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series and networking opportunities with other Fellows. The U.S.-based component of the Fellowship allows participants to engage in group cultural activities like a D.C. Monuments Tour, sporting events, U.S. holiday celebrations, and more. 

Atlas Corps creates a life changing experience where participants can learn from diverse cultures around the globe. It offers an enabling environment for hands-on learning and the development of professional skills.

Through this Fellowship, Atlas Corps seeks to advance the U.S. State Department Education and Cultural Exchange Bureau’s Mission: To promote mutual understanding through people-to-people exchanges and to further U.S. foreign policy objectives by engaging international exchange visitors and American communities in a diversity of positive, safe, and enriching educational, cultural and professional exchange programs.

Currently, a blended fellowship will be launched that combines virtual service from Fellows’ home countries with service in the United States. The exact timing of the U.S.-based component of the Fellowship will depend on how guidelines about health, travel, and visas develop over time. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166232

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows – but not their dependents – receive:

- Program-related international travel
- Program-related domestic travel
- Basic health insurance that covers new injuries and illnesses (or funds to purchase basic health insurance)
- Monthly stipend for basic living expenses in the city where the Fellow is placed (shared housing, food, local transportation, and a phone plan)
- Documentation (DS-2019) that enables the Fellow to obtain a J-1 visa
- Placement with a Host Organization
- Participation in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (leadership development training series)
- For Fellows serving in the blended fellowship, Atlas Corps will provide financial support for the technology necessary to complete Host Organization requirements remotely from their home countries.

Term of Contract:

Most Fellowships end 12 months after they begin. Fellows and Host Organizations may choose to extend the Fellowship, up to a total Fellowship length of 18 months.

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the exact timing of the U.S.-based component of the Fellowship will depend on how guidelines about health, travel, and visas develop over time, and the individual needs of the Host Organization, but the typical blended Fellowship will last 12-14 months. This will include:

- 2-4 months of service from Fellows’ home countries: Fellows would serve remotely full-time with U.S.-based Host Organizations.
- 8-11 months of service in the U.S.: Fellows would then arrive in the U.S. for in-person service with their Host Organizations, ideally in mid-September.

The U.S. Fellowship begins every three months. Typically Fellowships start in January, April, July, and October, but start dates may be modified based on health, visa, and travel guidelines. (Each Fellowship begins with a one-week orientation program.)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Atlas Corps invites social change leaders from around the world to apply for this Fellowship.

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, media, technology, and other organizations
— Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (i.e. higher educational degree beyond the compulsory secondary school education)
— English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
— Age 35 or younger when Fellowship begins
— 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 the applicant's home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship
— Commitment to living on a basic stipend that only covers food, shared housing, and local transportation

Atlas Corps has a special focus on rising leaders from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestinian Territories, and Russia.

U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are NOT eligible for the U.S. Fellowship. Currently, the funding source is not accepting applications for Fellowships outside the U.S.

Pre-Application Information:

Candidates are encouraged to plan for their futures and apply now because the selection process for Fellows typically takes several months, and because Atlas Corps is adapting its model to current global conditions. Atlas Corps accepts applications year-round, but the priority deadline is May 1 to be considered for opportunities in late 2020, and June 1 for opportunities in early 2021.

Application Process:

1. Application and Selection Board Review
2. Selection Board Interview (virtual)
3. Host Organization Review*
4. Host Organization Interview
5. Selection Notifications

*When you apply for the Atlas Corps Fellowship, you’re not applying for a specific Host Organization or a specific start date. Rather, applicants apply for the opportunity to be placed at one of Atlas Corps' partner organizations. Matching Semi-Finalists with Host Organizations is a multi-step process.

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.

Each of the steps listed above may take approximately 1-3 months. The overall vetting process may take several months to complete. It is recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to initiate the review process. You may apply at any time, so please do not wait for any deadlines.

Important Note regarding COVID-19:

- Atlas Corps is still accepting and reviewing applications from all countries outside the U.S for Fellowships that begin in late 2020 or early next 2021 when it is expected that travel restrictions will loosen. The application and selection process to become a Fellow is a multi-step process. It takes about 4-9 months, and sometimes longer, to get through the very thorough and competitive selection process, so you are encouraged to invest in your future by applying now.
- Atlas Corps will continue to monitor guidance from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and U.S. Department of State about when it is possible and safe to come to the U.S. from any and all countries. The safety, health, and wellbeing of Atlas Corps Fellows is of top priority.
- While international travel and visas are on hold, a blended Fellowship will be launched that combines virtual service from Fellows’ home countries with service in the United States. This new version of the classic Fellowship will be piloted in May 2020, and the next class of this blended Fellowship will be launched in July 2020. (Atlas Corps will assess the pilot phase of this program and will monitor global health and travel guidance to determine whether Fellowships beginning later in 2020 and early 2021 follow this new blended model, or the classic model of 12-18 months in the U.S.)

Final decisions about each class of Fellows are made approximately 4-8 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.

Selection and Visa Process: After being selected, Atlas Corps will support Fellows making the necessary logistical arrangements to prepare for the Fellowship. For the online component of the Fellowship, Atlas Corps will support Fellows in reaching the technological capacity necessary to complete Host Organization requirements. For the U.S.-based component of the Fellowship, Atlas Corps will support Fellows in applying for a J-1 visa in their respective countries.

FAQs: https://atlascorps.org/faq/

For a list of Host Organizations, see: https://atlascorps.org/host-organizations/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal: https://atlascorps.embark.com/apply/fellowship

For questions, please email apply@atlascorps.org.

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

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