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 2024 Millennium Fellowship are now closed.


Thirty-five Millennium Fellows are selected per cohort through a competitive application process. Fellows are between twenty-five and thirty-nine 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-nine 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.



Banner announcing Millennium Fellowship applications

Press Release

Dec 9, 2019

Millennium Leadership Program announces call for 2020 Millennium Fellowship applications

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

Jul 8, 2019

Greece embraces the center and continues course out of crisis

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

Jun 20, 2019

Millennium Fellows attend 360/OS

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

Jun 12, 2019

MLP Executive Education – Bancolombia

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

Jun 1, 2019

Millennium Leadership Program 2019 Core Program

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


Apr 24, 2019

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

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

Apr 3, 2019

MLP at NATO Engages

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

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

Dec 10, 2018

Why the Irish border matters

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

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