Q: How do I join the Millennium Leadership Program?
A: The Millennium Leadership Program (MLP) is the Atlantic Council’s platform for engaging exceptional leaders thirty-five years old and younger around the world. MLP runs several separate next generation initiatives, including our flagship program, the Millennium Fellowship. Interested rising leaders should apply directly to the specific initiative they would like to join. These initiatives can be found online at MLP’s homepage, under the “Initiatives” heading in navigation bar on the left side of the page, including the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy Network (ELEEP).

Q: How do I apply to the Millennium Fellowship?
A: The Millennium Fellowship is the Atlantic Council’s flagship next generation initiative. The application requires basic personal information (name, email contact, citizenship, etc.), responses to three short essay questions, and a copy of your resume. The recruiting period is generally between January and early March each year (in 2017 applications opened in early February and the deadline was March 12. Please see below for information on applications after the deadline). Once you have submitted your application through the online form, you should receive an automated confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please email millennium@atlanticcouncil.org.

Q: Am I too old for the Millennium Fellowship?
A: The Millennium Fellowship is open to anyone who is thirty-five years old or younger as of the application deadline for the current cycle of applications. Applicants who are thirty-six years old will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Leaders who are thirty-seven years old or older on the application deadline are not eligible to apply.

Q: Are citizens of all countries eligible to apply for the Millennium Fellowship?
A: Yes. Provided you have or can acquire a visa to travel to the United States (or are a citizen of a country that does not require a visa for travel to the United States), you are eligible to apply.

Q: What is the time commitment for the Millennium Fellowship?
A: Millennium Fellows must commit to attending two events in their first year and attending one event in the second year, with each event lasting approximately 4-7 days. Therefore, the total in-person time commitment in year one is approximately ten days, and in year two is approximately five days. The Millennium Fellowship is not a full-time fellowship.

Q: How long does the Millennium Fellowship last?
A: Two years, with the option to renew your membership at the end of the first year. At the end of the second year, fellows will become program alumni with opportunities to continue engaging.

Q: Will the Atlantic Council cover expenses related to my visa for travel for the Millennium Fellowship?
A: No. Fellows are responsible for acquiring their own travel visas at their own cost. The Council can assist in this process by writing invitation letters confirming participation in the Millennium Fellowship events to support your visa application, but will not cover expenses associated with this process.

Q: Is the Millennium Fellowship free?
A: Fellows will pay annual dues to be in the network, in the amount of $950 for corporate/private sector members and $450 for nonprofit/academic/public sector members. In the first year of the fellowship, these dues cover all airfare, accommodations, and group meals for attendance at the two in-person events. In the second year of the fellowship, fellows will be asked to renew their annual dues and pay for a portion of their own travel to at least one Millennium Fellowship event. The cost of travel is variable and depends on the number of fellows attending, event expenses, and the amount of funding available to off-set participant costs at the end of the year. Fellows will be informed of the travel costs for the second year of the fellowship near the end of their first year, and before they are required to renew their dues.
The Atlantic Council does offer partial or full stipends for exceptional candidates who cannot afford the dues. Our selection process is need-blind, so we review applications and select the best candidates before taking into account their financial needs.

Q: What costs does the Millennium Fellowship cover for fellows?
A: The Atlantic Council covers all travel, accommodation, and most meals required for fellows’ participation in Millennium Fellowship events in the first year. However, fellows are required to pay their dues in order to participate in events. The Council will not cover visa processing fees or incidental expenses incurred while traveling (extra meals outside planned group meals, taxi costs, minibar charges at hotels, etc.). In year two, fellows will be asked to cover a portion of their travel and accommodation.

Q: I can’t afford the Millennium Fellowship dues. How do I apply for a subsidy or waiver?
A: To apply for financial support, simply send an email to the address millennium@atlanticcouncil.org with the subject line “Fellowship Subsidy Request”. In your email, please provide a detailed description of your financial need and why you cannot afford to pay the fellowship dues. If you are selected as a fellow after our initial, need-blind, application review process, we will send you a financial support application to complete and may request you to submit other financial documents to verify your information. Upon review of your financial support application, we notify you of our decision to support, or not support, your participation with a subsidy. These decisions are made based on the amount of funding available and the amount of funding requested by fellows. The Atlantic Council can only support a limited number of participant scholarships per year, and not all subsidy requests are guaranteed approval.

Q: Is the Millennium Fellowship a full-time position or job?
A: No.

Q: Does the Millennium Fellowship pay fellows? What is the salary of a Millennium Fellow?
A: No, the Millennium Fellowship is a professional development opportunity and not a paid position. As such, fellows receive no payments. Some fellows may have their dues and travel costs waived, but this is limited and only awarded under special circumstances determined on a case-by-case basis.

Q: I am still a student. Am I eligible to apply for the Millennium Fellowship?
A: Yes, the fellowship is open to applicants aged thirty-five and under, including students.

Q: I missed the application deadline. Is there any way I can be considered for this year’s program still?
A: All applications received by the deadline are guaranteed a full review by multiple reviewers. Applications submitted after the deadline are not guaranteed the same level of consideration. Individuals may, however, email a resume to millennium@atlanticcouncil.org and request to be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee these requests will be granted or replied to.

Q: Does this program cost $5,000 for fellows?
A: The real cost of participation in the Millennium Fellowship, including travel, accommodations, meals, and event expenses, is approximately $5,000 per-fellow. However, the Atlantic Council covers the vast majority of this cost. Fellows are only required to pay dues, which are a small fraction of this ($950 for private sector/corporate members and $450 for nonprofit/public sector/academic members) in year one. In year two, fellows will be asked to cover a portion of their travel and accommodation.

Q: What are the requirements and commitments for the second year of the Millennium Fellowship?
A: In order to continue participation in the Fellowship in the second year, fellows must renew their annual dues and commit to attending in-person at least one of the two planned week-long events in the second year. Second year fellows will also be responsible for a portion of their own travel and accommodation for the event. The Atlantic Council will provide a stipend to cover a part of these expenses (unlike in the first year, where all expenses are covered). The amount of this stipend is variable and depends on program budgets at the end of the year, the number of fellows participating in the event, and the event’s location and associated costs. This information will be made available to fellows near the end of their first year and before they are required to renew their dues. All fellows will know exactly how much they would need to spend to meet their event commitments before they need to make a decision about renewing their dues for a second year.

Q: What is the cost of participation in the Millennium Fellowship in the second year?
A: In the second year, fellows will be required to renew their dues as well as cover part of their travel and accommodation expenses to attend at least one Millennium Fellowship event. The amount of travel expenses they will be required to cover varies, and depends on program budgets at the end of the year, the number of fellows participating in the event, and the event’s location and associated costs. This information will be made available to fellows near the end of their first year and before they are required to renew their dues. All fellows will know exactly how much would will need to spend to meet their event commitments before they need to make a decision about renewing their dues for a second year.

Q: What are the stipends for fellows in the second year?
A: In the second year, fellows will receive stipends to support the cost of travel and accommodation to at least one Millennium Fellowship event. The amount of the stipends is variable and depends on program budgets at the end of the year, the number of fellows participating in the event, and the event’s location and associated costs.

Q: Are government employees eligible to participate in the Millennium Fellowship?
A: Yes. Government employees are eligible, and responsible for completing any internal requirements to participate, if their employer has them.

Q: Who funds the Millennium Leadership Program?
A: The program is supported by a diverse portfolio of funding sources, including a combination of grants from nonprofit, charitable, and corporate foundations, individuals, companies and corporate sponsors, the Atlantic Council’s own funds, and the dues provided by members.

Q: Does the Millennium Fellowship provide living expenses?
A: No, the fellowship is not a full-time position and does not require an extended stay in any one location. As such, the fellowship does not provide living expenses, however, it does cover travel and accommodation for the required week-long events in the first year. In the second year, fellows will be asked to cover a portion of their own travel and accommodation expenses.