Atlas Corps

Atlas Corps
Founded: 2006

Mission: To address critical social issues across the globe by placing skilled young nonprofit professionals from developing countries in fellowships at nonprofit organizations outside their home country.

About the Organization: Founded by social entrepreneur Scott Beale in 2006, Atlas Corps facilitates year-long overseas fellowships for rising leaders in the nonprofit sector who live outside the United States. Since its inception, the organization has welcomed fellows from thirty-eight countries, including Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe, and has placed them in host organizations in Baltimore, Seattle, New York City, Washington, D.C., Bogota (Colombia), and New Delhi (India).

Current Programs: Atlas Corps Fellows spend twelve to eighteen months as a volunteer at a well-established social-change organization, where they are enrolled in an ongoing training program, and then return to their home countries to work for at least another year (and usually their entire career) in the social sector. Fellows must be under the age of 35, cannot be a citizen or resident of the United States, and must have between two and ten years of experience in the social sector. Atlas Corps provides participants with health insurance, stipends for travel and living expenses, and documentation that helps them apply for a J-1 visa. To fund the fellowships, Atlas Corps charges U.S. nonprofit host organizations a percentage of its costs based on the AmeriCorps VISTA model; the average cost per fellow is $30,000. Citizens and residents of the U.S. may apply for the organization’s Latin America Fellowship, or the Emerging Global Leaders Initiative – Atlas Corp Fellowship, which, in partnership with the U.S. State Department, provides a hundred up-and-coming social changemakers with a six- to eighteen-month fellowship in the U.S.

Website: Available in both English and Spanish, the Atlas Corps website provides a list of current fellows enrolled in its main program, as well as information on how to apply. The site also lists current nonprofit partners  acting as host organizations for fellows. Organizations interested in participating can learn how to host a fellow, while individuals will find information about how to volunteer and/or make a donation. The Atlas Corps website also has an FAQ page, a video-rich media page, and a blog written by current fellows.

Funding: Atlas Corps is mainly supported by fellowship program revenue and also receives support from individuals and U.S. government agencies.


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August 2, 2005