Join a global network of exceptional peers and build life-long relationships through executive retreats and informal events.

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Meet world leaders and senior experts at two flagship Atlantic Council events each year—one in North America and one in Europe.

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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.

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Lead the debate with opportunities to speak, publish, and collaborate on impact projects that highlight innovative ideas.

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Applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship will open in January 2017.

Millennium 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 second 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. For more details on program benefits, please visit the About the Millennium Leadership Program page.

Millennium Fellowship Time Commitment
Fellows commit to attending two weeklong Millennium Leadership Program events scheduled for Warsaw, Poland from approximately July 2-10, 2016 and New York/Washington, DC in September 2016, as well at least one flagship event in 2017 (events and schedule to be confirmed).

Millennium Fellowship Dues
2016 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.

Warsaw NATO Summit (July 2016)
As world leaders gather in Poland next summer to reassess transatlantic cooperation amid new threats, Millennium Fellows will travel to Warsaw to help shape the public debate around NATO and international security collaboration. The trip will include leading a NATO Future Leaders Summit that explores wide-ranging and forward-looking security challenges, joining senior experts and leaders at a transatlantic security conference held inside the security cordon at the official NATO Summit venue that deep-dives into Alliance strategy and operations, and attending a private leadership retreat.

Future of Leadership and US Trip (Fall 2016)
Fellows will travel to the United States for custom-designed programming in Washington, DC and New York. The trip will focus on how models of leadership should evolve in response to 21st century trends and challenges, looking across government, business, and civic society. The trip will also include a private leadership retreat and executive-level training sessions.

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.

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.

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 on joint impact projects.

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 Council offers impact funding grants to enable collaboration between Millennium Fellows through projects including reports, events, and other initiatives that shape policy and highlight innovative ideas.