Atlas Corps is now inviting the applications for Atlas Corps Fellowship 2020-21 in the United States of America.  It is a fully-funded scholarship. 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.

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 sponsors the J-1 Trainee visa and covers most visa expenses. Atlas Corps also provides each Fellow with a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing), a monthly phone plan, emergency health and travel insurance, and round-trip international airfare.

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.

Atlas Corps Fellowship 2020-21


Host country

  • United States of America

Host organization

  • Atlas Service Corps, Inc. (Atlas Corps)


  • 12-18 Months Fellowship in the USA

Financial Benefits

Participants in this prestigious paid fellowship receive:

  •  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)

Further, the stipend will cover the following;

  • 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 a suggested 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 $1657/month

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criterion of the Atlas Corps international fellowship program 2020-21 is as under:

  • 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

Application Process

Atlas Corps considers applications on a rolling basis, though we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to be considered for Host Organization placements. The application is a multi-step process. Our Fellow Classes start four times a year: January, April, July, and October. Further Details are given in Official Website.

Some tips for a great application

1. Think about what is distinctive and impressive about you and be sure to communicate these things! If you’re having a hard time with this, try asking a friend, colleague, or parent what they think is most impressive about you.

2. Have an English-speaking friend proofread your application to make sure your writing is understandable and has good spelling and grammar.

3. Give specific details and examples when you’re describing your skills and interests. If you say you manage volunteers, how many volunteers do you manage? If you work in fundraising, how much money have you raised or how many successful grant applications have you worked on?


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. We prioritize applications that may be best suited to our available Host Organization Placements. Applicants will advance at different rates.

We recommend submitting 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. If you are accepted to the Fellowship, there may be a quick turnaround time between your acceptance and the beginning of the Fellowship.

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.

Last Date to Apply

Priority deadline is May 1st to be considered for Fellowships beginning in January 2021.

Application Procedure

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