Enabling Innovative Ideas, Transformational Leadership, and Global Impact


Building on our fifty-five year history of convening exceptional next generation leaders, the Atlantic Council launched the Millennium Fellowship to connect and empower rising leaders who will shape the twenty-first century. Through this unique two-year program, fellows join a network of outstanding peers from around the world, have unparalleled opportunities to meet world leaders and senior experts at flagship Atlantic Council events, learn in a hands-on environment through Master Class sessions and study tours, and lead the debate on key global issues. The program is a central pillar of the Council’s mission to promote constructive leadership and build enduring relationships capable of addressing shared global challenges.

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.


In 2017, the Council is recruiting exceptional rising leaders thirty-five years old and under from around the world who share our passion for creating a more secure and prosperous world to join the third class of Millennium Fellows. Fellows will come from a wide range of backgrounds including policy experts, journalists, elected officials, military personnel, academics, entrepreneurs, executives, community and cultural leaders, and senior government officials. Above all, they will bring an entrepreneurial spirit, character to inspire and lead, positive vision, and passion for shaping the world to the fellowship.

Fellowship Benefits

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 frontlines 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.

Fellowship Commitments

The Millennium Fellowship is an results-oriented program that enables fellows to shape the policy discourse and pursue careers that strengthen their local and global communities. Fellows commit to pro-actively seek opportunities to work together and to put the network, skills, and unique opportunities that the program offers to use throughout their careers.

Fellows commit to attend the full schedule for two in-person flagship events during the first year of their fellowship and at least one flagship event during their second year. The Council will cover all flights and lodging for both trips during the first year and will offer partial stipends for travel during the second year.

2017 dues for fellows in the for-profit sector are $950 annually and dues for all other fellows (military, academia, government, and nonprofit) are $450 annually. 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.

A History of Success

A proven leader in bringing together today’s top influencers and tomorrow’s leaders, the Council has hosted next generation events featuring US Vice President Joe Biden, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, among many others.