Activities

The Millennium Fellowship is a transformative experience that blends the Atlantic Council’s expertise, networks, and convening power around global issues with world-class leadership development resources from the private sector and academia. Our 12-month “core” program is a part-time commitment including three weeks of required in-person events supplemented by virtual training, individual executive coaching, and bespoke community management and collaboration opportunities. The primary events include two leadership retreats, each lasting one week at the beginning and end of the program, as well as our annual study tour where fellows travel with a small cohort led by a senior expert to explore global challenges up close. Recent tours include Turkey and Greece at the height of the Syrian Refugee crisis, Colombia after the FARC peace deal, and Ukraine after the revolution of dignity. Beyond this, fellows also have access to a menu of optional events which take place around the world and throughout the year, including flagship conferences and galas from the Atlantic Council and our partners such as the NATO Summit, Concordia Summit, and Abu Dhabi Global Energy Forum, among others. For more information about program activities, our leadership curriculum, and previous tours, events, and trainings, visit the About the Program page.

Fellows

Every year, the Atlantic Council selects at least one cohort of twenty fellows through a competitive and open application process. Diversity is core to the program with every global region represented in each class and roughly one third from North America and Europe respectively. Each class also has a balance of public, private, and nonprofit perspectives. Public sector fellows include ministers and secretaries of finance and foreign affairs, senior advisors to heads-of-state and cabinet members, mayors, senior military officers, and other leading public officials. In the private sector, they include C-suite executives at fortune 500 companies, young CEO’s, groundbreaking entrepreneurs and leading voices in the media.

The nonprofit fellows represent a wide array of professions, including prominent civil society leaders, think tank experts, and activists; executives at multinational NGO’s and multilateral organizations; and award winning artists, authors, academics, journalists, and scientists, among many others. All 35 years of age or under, they are already leading at a high level with decades of impact ahead in their careers. For more information about fellows and alumni, visit our Fellows Page.

2021 Fellows

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Fellows are selected annually through a competitive and open application process. Candidates from any country and sector are welcome to apply, provided they are 35 years old or younger at the application deadline and demonstrate the passion and potential for shaping a more secure and prosperous global future. Applications open in the Winter and selections are made in the Spring with the program calendar beginning in the Summer. Fellows are required to pay annual dues which vary depending on their sector. For more details about the application, eligibility requirements and costs, please visit our FAQ Page.

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Press Release

Aug 4, 2021

Atlantic Council welcomes 2021 class of Millennium Fellows

Press Release

Incoming class of 32 young leaders selected from over 1,000 applicants from across the globe

Press Release

Apr 12, 2021

Atlantic Council names Jonah Fisher director of Millennium Leadership Program

Press Release

Social impact innovator will oversee unique international leadership accelerator program

New Atlanticist by Mary Prakas and Will O'Brien

Mar 8, 2021

Lessons from women in leadership: A celebration of International Women’s Day

New Atlanticist by Mary Prakas and Will O'Brien

In celebration of International Women’s Day and in continuation of our mission to foster the next generation of global leaders and change agents, the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leadership Program asked women leaders in politics, finance, energy, non-profit management, and philanthropy to highlight the importance of women in leadership roles and share the lessons they have learned over the course of their careers.

Resilience Resilience & Society

In the News by Adam Zarazinski

Jan 1, 2021

Venezuela is Patient Zero Challenging The Western Financial System with Bitcoin

In the News by Adam Zarazinski

Americas Economy & Business

MENASource by Rumaitha Al Busaidi

Dec 22, 2020

The quest for water: Will the Abraham Accords change the water landscape for the region?

MENASource by Rumaitha Al Busaidi

With the threat of climate change already creating direct consequences for water security and conflict, safeguarding water for the region will prove to not only be a challenging task, but an even more crucial one than during the last multilateral efforts in the 1990s.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Photo Essay by Kabir Mokamel and Omaid Sharifi

Nov 17, 2020

How ‘artivism’ can change society—in Afghanistan and beyond

Photo Essay by Kabir Mokamel and Omaid Sharifi

Art can be used as an outlet for self-expression, but also as a tool to advocate for human rights. Through art, we can share the untold stories of the civil society, win back the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens, and send a clear message that activism in South Asia is vigorous and flourishing, and—in a region that continues to face many challenges—demonstrate that change is possible.

Afghanistan Civil Society

Press Release

Jul 8, 2020

Atlantic Council welcomes 2020 class of Millennium Fellows

Press Release

Incoming class of twenty-one young leaders selected from 1,300 applicants and over 100 nations

Banner announcing Millennium Fellowship applications

Insights & Impact by Millennium Leadership Program

Feb 5, 2020

Millennium Leadership Program announces call for 2020 Millennium Fellowship applications

Insights & Impact by Millennium Leadership Program

On December 9, 2019 the Millennium Leadership Program opened the 2020 Millennium Fellowship Application. Inviting individuals aged 25-35 years old to apply, this competitive process will see twenty spots filled by promising talent from the next generation of global leaders.

Insights & Impact

Feb 5, 2020

In their own words: Millennium Fellows reflect

Insights & Impact

Three Millennium Fellows shared their thoughts with us on their motivations to join, where they found the most value, and shared some advice for prospective applicants and the incoming class. Answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Blog Post

Jan 31, 2020

In their own words: Millennium Fellows reflect

Blog Post

Three Millennium Fellows shared their thoughts with us on their motivations to join, where they found the most value, and shared some advice for prospective applicants and the incoming class. Answers have been edited for length and clarity.