Millennium Fellowship Overview

The Millennium Fellowship is a year-long, high-impact leadership accelerator for rising leaders from around the world and across sectors. Through our program, accomplished global professionals with both demonstrated achievement and reserves of potential sharpen their leadership abilities, increase their capacity for meaningful impact, and build community. Fellows complete a curriculum comprised of world-class leadership development resources and have access to the Atlantic Council’s geopolitical expertise, global networks, and international reach. For more information about the program structure, visit the About the Program page.

Applications for the 2023 Fellowship cycle are now closed.


Thirty-five Millennium Fellows are selected per cohort through a competitive application process. Fellows are between twenty-five and thirty-five years of age, are already leading at a high level, and have decades of impact ahead in their careers. Diversity is core to the program, and each class of fellows has participants representing every world region. Cohorts are also selected for a balance of public-, private-, and nonprofit-sector perspectives. Past public-sector fellows have included ministers of finance, secretaries of foreign affairs, senior advisors to heads-of-state, military officers, and other leading public officials. Private-sector fellows have included C-suite executives at Fortune 500 companies, groundbreaking entrepreneurs, and leading voices in the media. For more information about fellows and alumni, visit our Fellows Page.

2023 Fellows


Fellows are selected annually through a competitive application process. Candidates from any country and sector are welcome to apply, provided they are between twenty-five and thirty-five at the time of the application deadline and demonstrate both passion and potential for shaping the global future.

Applications open in January, selections are made in the spring, and the program calendar begins in the summer. Each application is given thorough consideration and passes through several rounds of review by a committee of subject matter experts across the Atlantic Council. Top candidates will be invited to interview. Accepted fellows sign an offer letter committing to complete the program expectations and pay the associated fees. Scholarships may be available for those who qualify. For more details about the Millennium Fellowship application, eligibility requirements, and costs, please visit our FAQ Page.



Press Release

Aug 8, 2023

Atlantic Council Welcomes 2023 Class of Millennium Fellows

The Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leadership Program, a globally regarded program for emerging global leaders in international affairs, has selected thirty-five young global leaders to participate in its 2023 class of Millennium Fellows. The Millennium Fellowship aims to hone leadership acumen, foster community, and increase capacity for meaningful impact. This year’s highly competitive candidate pool drew applicants from 96 countries.

New Atlanticist

Jul 26, 2023

Arctic security is increasingly under threat. Drones can help.

By Kirk Allen

Russia's invasion of Ukraine and climate change are fundamentally changing the Arctic; unmanned aircraft systems may help allies fill their security gaps in the region.

Conflict Crisis Management

Press Release

Jun 6, 2023

Atlantic Council welcomes inaugural Climate Leadership Program participants

Program to convene top international climate-focused venture capital fund managers in Accra, Ghana in July.

New Atlanticist

Dec 23, 2022

The Atlantic Council’s 22 greatest hits of 2022

By Frederick Kempe

Our work to help inform policymakers and the public as we craft solutions to the world’s most difficult challenges has never felt more urgent. Here's the best of our efforts from a tumultuous 2022.

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

Press Release

Sep 22, 2022

Atlantic Council Launches Millennium Fellowship Alumni Board

WASHINGTON, DC – September 21, 2022 – Today, the Atlantic Council launched the Millennium Leadership Alumni Board to galvanize seven years of Millennium Leadership fellows around the program’s pillars of community, leadership, and impact. The Board, which will bring together fellows from 2015-2021, will focus on connecting previous Millennium Leadership Program (MLP) members to programming and […]

Press Release

Aug 1, 2022

Atlantic Council Welcomes 2022 Class of Millennium Fellows

WASHINGTON, DC – August 1, 2022 – Following a highly competitive application process, the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leadership Program has selected its 2022 class of Millennium Fellows. The Millennium Fellowship is one of the most sought-after programs in the world for future leaders in international affairs, and aims to sharpen Fellows’ leadership abilities, increase their capacity […]

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Annual Report

May 10, 2022

Millennium Leadership Program

By Atlantic Council

In 2021, the Millennium Leadership Program hired and onboarded an entirely new team with a new center director.

In the News

Mar 17, 2022

Nabi in World Economic Forum: We need global solutions for global challenges – why Omicron is a lesson for us all 

"Many “nation-first” leaders in the Global North did not recognize the impact of connectivity sooner, directly leading to the uncontrollable spread of the coronavirus and the development of novel variants" writes Junaid Nabi


In the News

Mar 17, 2022

Nabi in STAT News: What I learned from Paul Farmer: Treat the systems around the patient, not just the disease

"I was dismayed by the enormity of the barriers — economic, social, and political — that impede the path toward good health." writes Junaid Nabi

Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Mar 16, 2022

Zarazinski in AP News: Biden signs order on cryptocurrency as its use explodes

Digital Currencies Digital Policy