Millennium Fellow Program

Enabling Innovative Ideas, Transformational Leadership, and Global Impact

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Building on our fifty-five year history of convening exceptional next generation leaders, the Atlantic Council launched the Millennium Fellowship to connect and empower rising leaders who will shape the 21st century. Fellows join a global network of outstanding peers, have unparalleled opportunities to meet world leaders at flagship Council events, learn in a hands-on environment through Master Class sessions and study tours, and lead the debate on key global issues. The fellowship is a central pillar of the Council’s mission to promote constructive leadership and build enduring relationships capable of addressing shared global challenges.

millennium wordcloudFellows:
The inaugural class includes twenty-one fellows from five continents, including entrepreneurs, human rights advocates, development professionals, executives, diplomats, government advisors, and urban leaders. Fellows were selected from 850 candidates in 109 countries and bring an entrepreneurial spirit, character to lead and inspire, and passion for shaping the world to the fellowship.

Fellowship Benefits:

Network: Join a global network of rising leaders and build life-long relationships through executive retreats and informal events.

Engagement: Attend two flagship Atlantic Council events each year—one in North America and one in Europe. In 2015, fellows traveled to Washington, DC, and Istanbul, Turkey, to participate in the April 2015 Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner and the November 2015 Istanbul Energy and Economic Summit, respectively, for meetings with senior experts and leaders.

Skills: Fellows develop leadership skills and policy expertise through advanced master classes, mentorship, and substantive engagement with Council programs and centers.

Impact: Collaborate on reports, events, and projects that shape policy and highlight innovative ideas, supported by impact project funding.

Fellowship Commitments:
The Millennium Fellowship is an results-oriented program that enables fellows to shape the policy discourse and pursue careers that strengthen their local and global communities. Fellows commit to pro-actively seek opportunities to work together and to put the network, skills, and unique opportunities that the program offers to use throughout their careers.

Fellows commit to attend the full schedule for both in-person flagship events during the first year of their fellowship and at least one flagship event during their second year. The Council will cover all flights and lodging for both trips during the first year and will offer partial stipends for travel during the second year.

2016 dues for fellows in the for-profit sector are $950 annually and dues for all other fellows (military, academia, government, and nonprofit) are $450 annually. Dues cover all flights, lodging, and group meals for both trips during the first year (an estimated total cost of more than $5,000 per fellow). The Council offers a limited number of subsidies to cover part or all of the dues for fellows with demonstrated financial need.

A History of Success: The Atlantic Council is a nonpartisan Washington, DC-based think tank that promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs. Through the Millennium Leadership Program, fellows have met with US Vice President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Ukrainian Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko, among many others.

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