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descriptionAtlas Corps Fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals, USA 2015


Atlas Corps is an overseas fellowship for the world's best nonprofit leaders. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. The Atlas Corps Fellowship lasts 6-18 months and is offered three times a year. Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations, develop leadership skills, and learn nonprofit best practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series and networking opportunities with other Fellows who are skilled nonprofit professionals from around the world. This prestigious fellowship includes health insurance, enrollment in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing).

Eligibility for the Atlas Corps Fellowship

  • 2 or more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
  • 35 years or younger
  • Apply to serve in a country other than where you are from (U.S. citizens are not eligible for the U.S. Fellowship – check out our Fellowship in Colombia!)
  • Commitment to return to your home country after the 6-18 month fellowship

In addition to the classic Atlas Corps Fellowship, a series of unique initiatives complement the diverse nature of our global exchange model. Read more about the eligibility requirements of each of these unique initiatives here:

  • Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellowship (for professionals from The Americas)
  • Atlas Corps-CIPE Think Tank LINKS Fellowship (for think tank professionals)
  • Corps-TOMODACHI Fellowship (for Japanese professionals)
  • Atlas Corps-Asan Frontier Fellowship (for Korean professionals)
  • Atlas Corps A Shalom Alaykum Project (for professionals interested in interfaith dialogue)
  • Atlas Corps Civil Society Leaders Fellowship (for professionals from Sudan & South Sudan)

These special initiatives may have separate eligibility requirements, but do NOT require a separate application. Applicants interested in these initiatives should simply apply for our U.S. Fellowship.

We consider applications on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be considered for one of our classes that begins in January, May, or September. Final decisions are made 4 -8 weeks before the class begins. For example, the January class decisions are made in November; May class decisions will be made in March; September class decisions will be made in July. You may reapply to our program, but you should only apply once a year, unless there is a dramatic change in your application, such as completing graduate school, winning an award, etc. Strong applications are considered for multiple classes unless the candidate withdraws their application. If you ever decide to withdraw your application from consideration, please email Due to the fast-moving nature of our selection process, we encourage applicants to check their email frequently for updates; otherwise they risk missing critical information or deadlines. If you are accepted to the Fellowship, there may be a quick turnaround time between your acceptance and the beginning of the Fellowship. Start dates are not flexible, and assuming your visa is approved, you must begin your Fellowship with the class to which you are accepted.
The application process is a four-month cycle that repeats itself. You may apply at any time and be considered, but we encourage you to spend some time on your application, including having it be reviewed by a peer, and then submit it as early as possible and not wait for any deadlines. Here is the approximate annual calendar:

January Fellowship:
July 15 - Priority deadline for the January Fellowship. Applications are taken year round, but earlier applications tend to be more successful.
July 15 - October 15: Applications reviewed and interviews conducted
November 1-30: Most final decisions made this month.
January: Fellows arrive for orientation and begin service at Host Organizations
May Fellowship:
November 1 - Priority deadline for the May Fellowship. Applications are taken year round, but earlier applications tend to be more successful.
November 1 - February 28: Applications reviewed and interviews conducted
March 1-31: Most final decisions made by this month
May: Fellows arrive for orientation and begin service at Host Organizations
September Fellowship:
March 15 - Priority deadline for the September Fellowship. Applications are taken year round, but earlier applications tend to be more successful.
March 15 - June 30: Applications reviewed and interviews conducted
July 1-31: Most final decisions made by this month
September: Fellows arrive for orientation and begin service at Host Organizations

Application Process:
1. Online Application: All applications need to be submitted online. We will not accept applications via email or mail. You will need to create a login and you can save your responses so you can return to the application at any time. The application consists of background information, personal biography, essays, and letters of recommendation.
NOTE: In order to sponsor candidates to come to the United States for one year as a Fellow, we require detailed information about each applicant. The U.S. Government requires much of the information we are asking for in the application. Your responses also facilitate your Host Organization placement. Please answer each question honestly and accurately. It is critical to be honest and complete in your application. If you are found to be dishonest in the application, you will NOT be accepted as a Fellow and you will be sent home if you have been accepted.
2. Letters of Recommendation: Atlas Corps requires two (up to three) letters of recommendation from individuals who know you in a professional capacity and can write about your skills and experiences as well as your potential for success as an Atlas Corps Fellow. You will need to send your request for a letter of recommendation directly through the application system. Your recommender will receive an email that asks for a recommendation. More detailed instructions can be found in the online application form. Recommendation letters should be submitted within two weeks after submitting your application.
3. Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee including Atlas Corps staff and nonprofit sector, government, and business leaders from multiple countries. English writing tests and phone interviews will be conducted with semi-finalists. Host Organizations will conduct Skype video interviews with selected finalists. Host Organizations will make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected candidates.
4. Visa Process: After being selected, candidates will go to the U.S. Embassy in their respective countries to apply for a J-1 visa. Atlas Corps will provide support in obtaining this visa.

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Bourses professionnelles d’Atlas Corps pour les Leaders des organisations à but non lucratif, USA 2015

Atlas Corps offre des bourses professionnelles d’une période 12 à 18 mois, 3 fois par an, aux leaders des organisations à but non lucratif à travers le monde entier. Les boursiers serviront à temps plein dans des organismes d’accueil basés aux Etats-Unis ou en Amérique Latine et travaillant sur des sujets en relation avec leurs domaines d’expertise. Les boursiers développeront leurs compétences en leadership tout en partageant les meilleures pratiques. Ils complèteront leurs connaissances quotidiennes avec des sujets théoriques présentés dans les programmes de management des organisations à but non lucratif de l'Atlas Corps.
Formation :
Les boursiers recevront environ une semaine d’orientation au début de leur stage. Ils seront également inscrits, durant leur séjour aux États-Unis, au programme de formation d’Atlas Corps portant sur le management des organisations à but non lucratif.

Placement dans un organisme américain :
Les boursiers se verront placés en qualité de bénévole à temps plein dans une organisation américaine à but non lucratif pour une durée de 50 semaines.

Assurance santé :
Les boursiers seront inscrits à un programme d’assurance maladie aux Etats-Unis.

Voyage :
Atlas Corps assure les billets d’avion aller-retour en classe économique, du pays d’origine du boursier à la ville hôte.

Frais de subsistance :
Les boursiers bénévoles établis aux Etats-Unis recevront une allocation couvrant leurs dépenses. À Washington DC, l’allocation s’élève à 15 636 $ l’année. Pour les autres villes, ces frais varient entre 13 000 $ et 20 000 $ annuellement, en fonction du coût de la vie dans ces villes hôtes.
L’allocation accordée est suffisante pour couvrir les dépenses quotidiennes de base concernant le logement, l’alimentation et le transport d’une personne. Elle est d’ailleurs supérieure à ce que reçoivent les citoyens américains dans un programme similaire appelé AmeriCorps VISTA.
Récompense de fin de service :
Les boursiers qui auront terminé le programme dans de bons termes, pourront recevoir une récompense de fin de service d’une valeur de 1 000 $. Si le boursier prolonge pour six mois supplémentaires, la récompense de fin de service peut aller jusqu’à 1 500 $.
Si la durée de la prolongation est de moins de six mois, la récompense de fin de service sera calculée proportionnellement au nombre de mois supplémentaires. Quant aux boursiers qui auront quitté le programme en moins d’une année, ils ne recevront pas de récompense de fin de service.

Réseau des anciens :
Les boursiers qui auront suivi le programme jusqu’au bout et dans de bons termes, seront intégrés dans un prestigieux réseau d’anciens boursiers. Cela leur donnera l’opportunité de continuer à apprendre et de se soutenir les uns les autres.

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