The Millennium Fellowship is open to rising leaders and innovators around the world committed to achieving transformational change in their communities, countries, and professional fields with a global impact. Fellows will be at the forefront of the Atlantic Council’s work to promote constructive leadership and create a more secure and prosperous world. Through a competitive application process, the Atlantic Council will accept approximately twenty exceptional leaders who are thirty-five years old and under into each new class of Millennium Fellows.
The Millennium Fellowship is a two-year program. Throughout the fellowship and beyond, fellows will join a global network of outstanding peers, have unparalleled opportunities to meet with world leaders at flagship Atlantic Council events, go behind the headlines to discover issues at the cutting-edge of key global trends, and lead the debate on the issues that will shape the 21st century.
The fellowship focuses on how a rising generation of leaders around the world can renew a values-based social compact at the beginning of a millennium marked by dramatic change and upheaval. Fellows share a common belief in the power of constructive international engagement, democracy, human rights, vibrant civil society, trade and economic development, and sustainability as catalysts for good, while bringing a range of policy views from across the political spectrum to discussions on how to protect and strengthen these values. In this regard, the fellowship seeks to combat isolationism as well as visions for globalization not anchored in these values.
The fellowship is a highly competitive program, with hundreds of applications each cycle for approximately twenty fellowship spots. The application process includes reviews by senior Council experts from different programs and centers and interviews with finalists.
Millennium Fellowship Time Commitment
Fellows commit to attending one global conference each year as well as one international study tour focused on a key global challenge.
Millennium Fellowship Structure
- Front Line Study Tour: Tours take fellows behind the headlines to experience global trends in action. Typically lasting five days, they feature hands-on site visits, social and cultural activities, and meetings with top officials, executives, and civil society leaders as well as practitioners at the grass-roots level. Past tours include Kyiv, Ukraine after the Maidan; Sarajevo, Bosnia on the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Accords; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Morgantown, West Virginia after the US election; and Turkey and Greece to explore the refugee and migrant crisis. MLP has organized over twenty such tours in over forty cities and a dozen countries since 2012.
- Global Conference: Directly following tours, fellows participate in high visibility global conferences where they share the stage with distinguished senior leaders, including heads-of-state, global CEOs, and others. These events include the NATO Summit (MLP has been a partner for public programming at the last nine Summits) and other flagship Council and partner events.
- Executive Retreat: Post conference, fellows regroup for a retreat where they reflect, participate in professionally facilitated peer-mentorship and leadership development, listen to world-class speakers who join to deliver private talks, and collaboratively plan their own next steps for impact.
Millennium Fellowship Dues
The fellowship program does include annual dues – $950 for members of the private sector, and $450 for members of the public, academic, and non-profit sectors. Dues cover all flights, lodging, and group meals for both trips during the first year (an estimated total cost of more than $5,000 per fellow). The Council offers a limited number of subsidies to cover part or all of the dues for fellows with demonstrated financial need.
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