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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New Atlanticist by Frederick Kempe

Jan 6, 2020

Shaping the global future together: the Council’s “Top fifteen hits” of 2019

New Atlanticist by Frederick Kempe

We look back at the Atlantic Council's top work of 2019 galvanizing US leadership alongside partners and allies to tackle the most pressing challenges confronting our nation and our world.

Africa Americas
Banner announcing Millennium Fellowship applications

Press Release by Millennium Leadership Program

Dec 9, 2019

Millennium Leadership Program announces call for 2020 Millennium Fellowship applications

Press Release 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.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Jul 8, 2019

Greece embraces the center and continues course out of crisis

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

“Greece is now reinforcing the strength of the center in European politics, rather than fueling a move toward the fringes,” Atlantic Council Executive Vice President Damon Wilson said.

Elections Greece

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

Jun 20, 2019

Millennium Fellows attend 360/OS

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

On June 20-21, Millennium Fellows joined the Council in London at 360/OS. Ulrik Smed (2019) and Adeola Olagunju (2018) attended the event. After the close, Ulrik and Adeola joined EVP Damon Wilson, Associate Director Kate Koett, and Community Manager Sudeep Kalkunte for drinks. Though unable to attend the event, alumni fellows Joanna Kaminska (2013) and […]

United Kingdom

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

Jun 12, 2019

MLP Executive Education – Bancolombia

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

From June 12 to June 15, MLP hosted an executive education program and study tour for Bancolombia executives. The bank brought a mix of C-suite executives from flagship and subsidiary organizations including their Chief Executive, Juan Mora Uribe. Participants were hosted at the Council for a series of high-level meetings. MLP collaborated with many others […]

Colombia Economy & Business

Blog Post by Millennium Leadership Program

Jun 1, 2019

Millennium Leadership Program 2019 Core Program

Blog Post by Millennium Leadership Program

From May 3 to May 17, the 2018 and 2019 cohorts of Millennium Fellows traveled to Colombia for MLP’s annual Core Program. The 2019 cohort began with the Study Tour component that included meetings with seven ministers and cabinet members, two additional elected officials, six additional senior government and multilateral officials, and a nonprofit leader […]

Americas Civil Society

NATOat70 by Priyali Sur

Apr 24, 2019

A strong NATO could help alleviate the world’s migrant and refugee crisis

NATOat70 by Priyali Sur

NATO’s ability to adapt to new emergencies in different geographies only proves that an international allied effort is needed now as much, if not more than ever.

Migration NATO

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

Apr 3, 2019

MLP at NATO Engages

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

On April 3rd, a cohort of Millennium Fellows had the opportunity to attend and participate during NATO Engages. Zafar Hashemi shared his history with NATO beginning as a boy in Afghanistan and culminating in his current position with SIGAR. Pete Seat was asked to present his perspective immediately following Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s address to […]

Afghanistan International Organizations

Press Release

Mar 29, 2019

Atlantic Council Welcomes 2019 Class of Millennium Fellows

Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – On March 29th, the Atlantic Council announced it’s 2019 class of Millennium Fellows. An Italian entrepreneur bringing revolutionary vaccination technology to market to eradicate polio and measles rubella; a senior advisor to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia that led landmark legislation to change the country’s name in 2018; the chief-of-staff of […]

New Atlanticist by Dan Haverty and Brendan Reaney

Dec 10, 2018

Why the Irish border matters

New Atlanticist by Dan Haverty and Brendan Reaney

It remains unclear if the withdrawal agreement May has reached with Brussels will impact the life of her government, but it is clear that the Irish border has impacted the Brexit debate and will force the prime minister to turn to her party’s rivals to push the deal through Parliament.

Democratic Transitions Politics & Diplomacy