Join a global network of exceptional peers and build life-long relationships through executive retreats and informal events.
Meet world leaders and senior experts at flagship Atlantic Council events around the world.
Go behind the headlines with study tours to regions on the frontlines of key global trends and learn from top experts through dynamic Master Class sessions.
Lead the debate with opportunities to speak, publish, and collaborate.
APPLYING FOR THE FELLOWSHIP
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 the third class of Millennium Fellows this spring.
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 both the 2017 and 2018 fellowship conferences in full (each conference is approximately one week long). The 2017 conference is scheduled for June 17–25. Fellows also commit to attending at least one other Atlantic Council flagship event in 2017-2018 (events and schedule to be confirmed).
Millennium Fellowship Dues
2017 fellowship annual dues are $450 for public, nonprofit, and academic sector members, and $950 for private sector and corporate members. 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.
Fellows have unique opportunities to participate in high-level global events, held in different cities each year, where they hear from and meet with experts and senior leaders. The events generally focus on one or two core themes—such as energy, security, foreign policy, democracy, or economic issues—allowing fellows to broaden their understanding of global trends and challenges that will shape the 21st century both within and outside of their main areas of expertise.
UPCOMING FLAGSHIP EVENTS
Tipping Points: Climate Change and the Global Energy Transition (June 2017)
2017 Millennium Fellows will meet for the first time this summer in Washington, DC, joining 2015 and 2016 fellows for a week of programming anchored by the Council’s Tipping Points conference. Climate Change is one of the greatest global challenges the Millennial generation will inherit, with far-reaching consequences that have the potential to impact almost every aspect of human life from national security to economic development to global migration. At the same time, advances in technology, the energy industry, scientific understanding, and public policy present not only potential solutions to climate change but also exciting visions for the future of how we live, work, and interact.
Tipping Points is a forum to learn about cutting-edge developments from energy pioneers; debate how governments, companies, and individuals should respond to climate change; and inspire action. Designed to engage fellows with limited energy expertise as well as those working in the energy field, the conference will include topics such as the future of transportation; water, climate, and resiliency; carbon markets; the next breakthrough in renewable technology; international climate efforts; and the energy-security nexus. During this trip, Millennium Fellows will also participate in an offsite leadership retreat, executive-level Master Class sessions, and a local study tour exploring America after the 2016 elections.
RECENT FLAGSHIP EVENTS
Warsaw NATO Summit (July 2016)
Millennium Fellows travelled to Warsaw, Poland in July 2016 to meet senior leaders and shape the public debate around the 2016 NATO Summit, attended by more than fifty heads of state. Fellows shared the stage with senior leaders and delivered TED Talks-style presentations on the nexus of security, business, technology, and migration at the Atlantic Council’s Security Beyond Defense conference, chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, and Polish-American Freedom Foundation President Jerzy Koźmiński. After the conference, fellows joined experts from around the world at a forum inside the NATO Summit venue on the future of the Alliance and security challenges. The trip closed with a private leadership retreat for fellows.
Washington Distinguished Leadership Awards Dinner and Global Strategy Forum (April 2015)
The Atlantic Council launched the Millennium Fellowship at its 2015 annual Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner last April, welcoming the inaugural class of fellows at the dinner and at the Council’s first annual Global Strategy Forum. Alongside these flagship events, fellows met privately with heads of state and government, members of Congress, top young entrepreneurs, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, bestselling authors, and senior experts.
Istanbul Energy and Economic Summit (November 2015)
Following a study tour to Kyiv, fellows attended the Council’s seventh annual Istanbul Summit, centered on the theme of “Building Global Stability and Business Resilience in Volatile Times.” The summit featured panels and speeches on key issues including climate change, energy technology frontiers, Turkey’s role in a turbulent region, the global economic outlook, and the Iran nuclear deal. At the summit, fellows led a panel discussion on the future of energy entrepreneurship, met senior leaders including Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and Chief Policy Advisor to the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin, and attended networking events and keynote sessions.
Throughout the program, fellows have unique opportunities to deepen their substantive knowledge and hone leadership skills. At least once during their fellowship, Millennium Fellows participate in a study tour that takes them behind and beyond the headlines to see transitions and trends in action in a key region of the world. During program events, fellows also have opportunities to learn directly from leading experts in a variety of fields—such as communications, negotiations, film, and demography—through Master Class sessions.
RECENT STUDY TOURS
Sarajevo Study Tour (July 2016)
Twenty-five years after conflict broke out in the former Yugoslavia, fellows traveled to Sarajevo, Bosnia to explore lessons from the conflict and learn about the current security, economic, and political situations in Bosnia and the Western Balkans. On the eve of the NATO Summit, fellows looked at the case study of Operation Deliberate Force, NATO’s first combat operation launched after the Srebrenica massacre. Meeting with members of parliament, artists and journalists who lived through and covered the war, senior international officials, historians, activists, and local entrepreneurs, fellows examined the causes that led to war, the role of the international community in the conflict and peace process, and the challenges to “winning the peace” after fighting ended.
Kyiv Study Tour (November 2015)
Fellows traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine for the two-year anniversary of the Euromaidan protests, meeting with the civic society activists who launched the revolution of dignity and lead calls for transformational change, defense officials confronting Russia’s war in Ukraine’s east, young entrepreneurs seeking to fuel Ukraine’s economy, and top government executives overseeing unprecedented reforms, including Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, Trade and Development Minister Aivaras Abromavičius, and Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Head Hanna Hopko.
RECENT MASTER CLASSES
Storytelling with Impact: Behind the Scenes
Academy Award®-winning documentary producer and director Gerardine Wurzburg and National Geographic filmmaker Jennifer Shoemaker take fellows behind the camera to share lessons and experiences in using film to tell a story and inspire support for a cause.
Communications Strategies for Compelling People
Is it better to be feared or loved? KNP Communications trainers Matthew Kohut and Christian Dorsey explore the theme raised by Machiavelli through an interactive workshop that helps fellows hone their ability to connect with an audience and inspire confidence through projecting the two most important characteristics—strength and warmth.
How to Detect Deception
We encounter lies between 10-200 times a day, some harmless and some costly. Bestselling author and leading expert on lie-detection Pamela Meyer arms fellows with tools for negotiating, selling, protecting, and interviewing in a world that faces an epidemic of deception.
How Millennials Are Changing the World: Global Demographic Trends
What separates Millennials from past generations and how are they shaping their world? Neil Howe, the acclaimed historian, demographer, and economist who coined the term “Millennial Generation,” presents the data and talks with fellows about how this generation is interacting with others to impact society and business.
The Millennium Fellowship provides a platform for fellows to lead the debate on key global issues, through opportunities to speak, publish, and collaborate.
The Atlantic Council features Millennium Fellows as speakers at flagship events and programming throughout the year. Fellows have led, moderated, and spoken on panels at the Council’s Global Strategy Forum, Istanbul Energy and Economic Summit, and NATO Future Leaders Summit, among other events, joining world leaders, CEOs, and senior experts on stage.
Fellows have opportunities to submit posts to the Council’s premier New Atlanticist blog, along with the Council’s other issue- and region-focused blogs (note: Council editors retain final approval of what is published). In addition, the Council works with fellows to support media interviews and publishing opportunities in international media outlets and highlight fellow-arranged media appearances. See In the News for recent media appearances by fellows.
The fellowship serves as an open door to the Atlantic Council’s community, with opportunities to collaborate with staff and experts at the Council’s ten regional and thematic centers, and seeks to foster organic collaboration and partnerships among fellows throughout the program and beyond. In both cases, we hope the fellowship begins life-long relationships with the Atlantic Council and with peers from around the world that will yield long-term impact.