2020 Millennium Fellowship Application

Deadline: 15 March 2020
Open to: citizens of all countries aged 35 or younger
Benefits: all travel, accommodation, and most meals required for fellows’ participation are covered


The Millennium Fellowship is the Atlantic Council’s flagship leadership “accelerator” aimed at equipping young leaders to tackle the defining global challenges of the next generation. Open to rising leaders and innovators from every country and sector, fellows commit to leveraging the program experience to accelerate their own transformation as leaders. Fellows will be at the forefront of the Atlantic Council’s work to promote constructive, international engagement and create a more secure and prosperous world. Through a competitive application process, the Atlantic Council will accept approximately twenty applicants between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five to join each new class of Millennium Fellows.

The Millennium Fellowship is a two-year, part-time program requiring three weeks of in-person activities and eight hours of virtual activities and distance learning, supplemented by independent fellow-to-fellow work and optional events that take place around the world and throughout the year. As part of this, fellows will participate in two leadership retreats and training seminars each lasting one-week, as well as one “study tour” to the front lines of a global issue. Throughout the program, fellows will join a global network of exceptional peers, have unparalleled opportunities to meet with world leaders at flagship Atlantic Council events, go behind the headlines to explore global challenges up-close, and lead the debate on issues that will shape the 21st century.

The fellowship’s goal is to foster a new generation of leaders to navigate a complex and rapidly changing landscape of challenges in the 21st century. Fellows hold a common belief in the power of constructive international engagement, democracy, human rights, rule-of-law, and sustainability as catalysts for good, while bringing a range of policy views from across the political spectrum to discussions on how we address this century’s greatest challenges from climate change to rapid technological disruption to the return of great power competition.

Millennium Fellowship Calendar:

  1. Fellowship Orientation and Leadership Retreat: 1 week in the Summer of 2020, anticipated in late July 2020.
  2. Interim Work Period – webinars, coaching sessions, individual leadership practice
  3. Study Tour: 1 week in the Fall of 2020, anticipated in October 2020.
  4. Independent work on AC deliverable and Ancillary Events/Fellow Gatherings around the World: Between October 2020 and July 2021, typically 4-6 ancillary events are offered during this time frame.
  5. Second Leadership Retreat in Washington, DC: Summer 2021


The Millennium Fellowship is open to anyone who is thirty-five years old or younger as of the application deadline for the current cycle of applications. Applicants who are thirty-six years old will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Leaders who are thirty-seven years old or older on the application deadline are not eligible to apply.

Citizens of all countries eligible to apply for the Millennium Fellowship.


Join: Join a global network of rising leaders and build life-long relationships through executive retreats and informal events.

Meet: Meet world leaders and senior experts at flagship Atlantic Council events around the world.

Discover: Go behind the headlines with study tours to regions on the front lines of key global trends and learn from top experts through dynamic Master Class sessions.

Lead: Lead the debate with opportunities to speak, publish, and collaborate.

The Atlantic Council covers all travel, accommodation, and most meals required for fellows’ participation in Millennium Fellowship core programming in the first year. However, fellows are required to pay their dues in order to participate in events. The Council will not cover visa processing fees or incidental expenses incurred while traveling (extra meals outside planned group meals, taxi costs, minibar charges at hotels, etc.). In year two, fellows will be asked to cover a portion of their travel and accommodation.

How to Apply?

In order to apply you must fill in the application form.

For more information please check the official web page.