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.


An award-winning film maker and CNN anchor from India shining a spotlight on human trafficking and its links to climate change. A Chinese scientist developing the next generation of artificial intelligence at IBM’s Watson center. The equivalent to a secretary of state for a global city – New Taipei – challenging conventional norms in international affairs. A Guatemalan venture capitalist redesigning Mexico City’s urban transportation system. The senior advisor to the president of Senegal, leading the delivery of a national reforms agenda.

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 next 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 Structure

The Council selects each fellow with the intention of engaging and investing in them over a 30+ year time horizon, building a lifelong relationship between the individual and the community. Their journey begins with a two-year term as a Millennium Fellow. During this time, they convene twice (once annually), and again multiple times throughout their term in smaller groups alongside high profile events. These unique annual gatherings are central to the fellow experience and ensure lifelong bonds are forged. They feature three thematically linked phases which unfold over the course of 10-12 days:

  1. Front Line Study Tour: Tours take fellows behind the headlines to experience global trends in action. Typically lasting four 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; and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia after the US election. MLP has organized over twenty such tours in over forty cities and a dozen countries since 2012.
  2. 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 CEO’s and others. These events include the NATO Summit (MLP has been a partner for public programming at the last eight Summits) and other flagship Council and partner events.
  3. 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.

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 one global conference each year as well as one international study tour focused on a key global challenge. 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.

The fellowship program does include annual dues, which are $950 for members of the private sector and $450 for members of the public, non-profit, and academic 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.

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.