Q: How do I apply for the Millennium Fellowship?
A: To apply for the Millennium Fellowship, complete our online application. You will be asked for your demographic information, employment details, responses to a few short essay questions, resume, bio, and a current headshot if you have one. You can also request to be considered for a scholarship.
Q: Are citizens of all countries eligible to apply for the Millennium Fellowship?
A: Yes. The Millennium Fellowship is open to next-generation leaders from all countries.
Q: Am I too old for the Millennium Fellowship?
A: The Millennium Fellowship is open to anyone who is twenty-five to thirty-five years old as of the deadline for the corresponding application cycle.
Q: I am still a student. Am I eligible to apply for the Millennium Fellowship?
The Millennium Fellowship is open to anyone who is twenty-five to thirty-five years old as of the deadline for the corresponding application cycle, including students.
Q: Are government employees eligible to participate in the Millennium Fellowship?
A: Yes, government employees are eligible. They are responsible for complying with any stipulations for participation as required by their employers.
Q: What is the application timeline?
A: Our application is open January through March. For more details about the program timeline, please review our calendar.
Q: What is the time commitment for the Millennium Fellowship?
Fellows commit to approximately 8-10 hours per month of virtual convenings and distance learning over a twelve-month span as well as 10 days of Study Tour travel.
Q: How long is the Millennium Fellowship?
The Millennium Fellowship is a year-long opportunity. Upon program completion, Fellows join the Millennium Fellowship alumni network and have access to opportunities for continued engagement with the Millennium Leadership Program and Atlantic Council.
Q: How much does the Millennium Fellowship cost, and what is included?
A: Fellows employed by the nonprofit, academic and/or public sector pay a program fee of $2,000. Fellows employed by the private sector pay a program fee of $12,500. Fees cover all virtual programming costs and on-the-ground expenses (accommodations, group meals, etc.) associated with the Study Tour. Program fees do not cover international and domestic airfare, visas, or any incidentals incurred while traveling for the Study Tour.
Q: Will the Atlantic Council cover visa expenses for travel with the Millennium Fellowship?
A: No. Fellows are responsible for obtaining their own travel visas and paying all associated costs. The Atlantic Council can assist in the visa application process by providing documentation confirming participation in the Millennium Fellowship but will not cover expenses associated with this process.
Q: I can’t afford the program fees. How do I apply for a scholarship?
A: Our application includes an opportunity for you to request a program scholarship and explain the reason for your request. If selected as a fellow, you will complete additional paperwork to waive the financial commitments of the program prior to signing your official offer letter.
Q: Is the Millennium Fellowship a full-time job or paid position?
A: No. The Millennium Fellowship is a part-time professional development and networking opportunity rather than a paid position. Fellows maintain their position with their employer and do not receive payments from the Millennium Leadership Program.
Q: Does the Millennium Fellowship provide living expenses?
A: No, the Millennium Fellowship is not a full-time position and does not require an extended stay in any one location. As such, the Fellowship does not provide living expenses.
Q: What is the average cost of the program per fellow?
A: The real cost of participation in the Millennium Fellowship is approximately $30,000 per fellow. Fellows pay program fees at a fraction of this cost ($2,000 for those employed by the nonprofit, academic and/or public sector and $12,500 for those employed by the private sector).
Q: Who funds the Millennium Fellowship?
A: The program draws its support from grants, individual donors, corporate sponsors, Atlantic Council funds, and program fees.
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