The Atlas Corps Fellowship to the United States

The Atlas Corps Fellowship to the United States 2021


Deadline: June 1, 2020

Atlas Corps is now accepting applications for our 2021 Fellowships!

Do you want to expand your network and develop your professional skills? Are you between 22 and 35 years old with English proficiency, a bachelor’s degree, and a passion for a life-changing personal and professional experience? The new application for 2021 classes (and beyond) is open!

 The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-18 month Fellowship in the United States for the world’s top social change leaders. Fellows serve full-time at 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. Participants in this prestigious fellowship receive health insurance, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing). Please scroll down to learn more.


  • Program-related international travel
  • Program-related domestic travel
  • Basic health insurance that covers new injuries and illnesses
  • Monthly stipend for basic living expenses (shared housing, food, local transportation, and a phone plan)
  • Documentation (DS-2019) that enables the Fellow to obtain a J-1 visa.
  • Placement at a Host Organization
  • Participation in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (leadership development training series)

As volunteers, Fellows receive a modest living stipend intended to cover only shared housing, food, and local public transportation. Atlas Corps also provides all incoming Atlas Corps Fellows with a SIM card and phone plan. The stipend is not intended to cover expenses you may have in your home country; eating out at restaurants; buying new clothes; or emergencies. While Fellows are able to keep their basic expenses (food, shared housing and local transportation) within the allotted stipend, many choose to bring additional funds for personal items, such as clothing, travel, or entertainment.

Monthly budgets vary from city to city, but the monthly living budget for a Fellow in Washington, DC, is as follows:

  • Rent & Utilities: $950
  • Transportation: $150
  • Phone Plan: $32
  • Food: $400
  • Other small necessities: $125
  • Total $1638/month


  • 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


You will need to create a login and you can save your responses so that you can return to the application at any time. In Part 1 of the application (known as the “short form”), you provide contact information and complete the initial eligibility test. If you pass the initial eligibility test, you’ll complete additional background questions and one short essay.

To apply, Click here

For more information, visit Atlas Corps Fellowship.


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