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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Content

New Atlanticist

Nov 26, 2018

Latvia struggles to form a government

By Rihards Kols

The newly elected parliament is very fragmented and still—a month and a half after the election—is unable to produce a stable government, a phenomenon also seen in other European countries this year.

Democratic Transitions Elections

New Atlanticist

Sep 7, 2018

Europe’s new normal: Turning the migrant challenge into an opportunity

By Pete Seat

With inhospitable temperatures across North Africa and Central Asia, constant war and conflict in Middle East hot spots, and the advance of authoritarian regimes, today’s refugees don’t represent a temporary conundrum, but rather a new normal of European life.

Climate Change & Climate Action Conflict

New Atlanticist

Aug 2, 2018

South Sudan must end the arbitrary detention of Peter Biar Ajak

By Frederick Kempe, Damon Wilson, and Daniel Bennett

We urge the government of South Sudan to end the arbitrary detention of Peter Biar Ajak, an alumnus of the Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship, who was arrested in Juba July 28, 2018.

East Africa

New Atlanticist

Jul 6, 2018

Complementarity Without Competition: How NATO Can Benefit from Stronger European Defense Cooperation

By Ulrik Trolle Smed

Despite the current political tension in the transatlantic bond, the facts on the ground for NATO’s summit in Brussels on July 11 and 12 could not be better. After years of calls from the United States for more defense investment, NATO allies have been responding ever more credibly to meet the rising threats in the […]

European Union International Organizations

New Atlanticist

Jul 6, 2018

NATO Needs More Unmanned Aerial Systems

By Nicola Johnson and Jessie Ilkson

NATO faces an array of security threats from the Arctic in the north, Russia in the east, and migrant flows from the south, all of which demand a dynamic and flexible defense force. Although members of the Alliance have increased investment in defense, their focus has been on expensive technology for a potential high-end conflict. […]

NATO Security & Defense

New Atlanticist

Jul 3, 2018

NATO Must Meet Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Challenge

By Rihards Kols

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s use of military force and hybrid warfare tactics in his country’s immediate neighborhood and beyond has brought into question NATO’s ability to defend its eastern border. Russian hybrid warfare, with an increased focus on asymmetric and nontraditional military capabilities, has made it considerably more difficult for NATO to counter destabilization efforts, […]

NATO Security & Defense

Press Release

Jun 19, 2018

Atlantic Council Announces 2018 Millennium Fellows, NATO Summit Program, and Partnership with US Department of State Mission to NATO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce today the 2018 Millennium Fellows. With a 3.2 percent acceptance rate, the program is among the most competitive professional development opportunities in the international affairs and policy fields. In 2018, over 655 people from 100 countries applied to become a Millennium Fellow and only 21 […]

Event Recap

May 25, 2018

Sanctions in the Trump Era: One Year In

By Global Business & Economics Program

On May 25th, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program together with the Millennium Leadership Program hosted a panel discussion with a delegation of high executives from Santander Bank. The discussion centered around how economic sanctions affect the banking sector and the priorities of the current administration in this area.

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Event Recap

May 25, 2018

Future of Banking: Blockchain Technology

By Global Business & Economics Program

On May 25th, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program together with the Millennium Leadership Program hosted a lunch discussion on blockchain technology and its impact on the banking sector with a delegation of high executives of Santander Bank.

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Event Recap

May 25, 2018

Remaining Competitive in the Digital Era

By Global Business & Economics Program

On May 25th, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program, together with the Millennium Leadership Program hosted a roundtable discussion with a high-level delegation from Santander Bank.

Cybersecurity Economy & Business