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New! Apply to Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellowship

a year-long, paid fellowship in the United States
for professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean

Are you interested in serving abroad for a year? Are you interested in transforming The Americas into a united and just continent? If so, apply to be an Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellow in the United States! We also invite you to share/forward this information to someone you think might be a candidate.

The Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellowship is a 12-month Fellowship in the United States for professional volunteers from Latin America and the Caribbean. In September 2016, Atlas Corps and America Solidaria will welcome the third group of Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellows. Fellows serve full-time at local Host Organizations, nonprofit and grassroots organizations, which preferably works in the field of health, education and social development, to benefit children and youth, and develop leadership skills. In addition, Fellows will learn effective practices in nonprofit management through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab, the America Solidaria “out-of-country” orientation, and networking opportunities with other Fellows who are skilled nonprofit professionals from around the world and the Americas. This prestigious fellowship includes health insurance, enrollment in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab and in America Solidaria Social Lab, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing). After completing their term of service, Fellows return to their country of origin as global citizens, with leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and technical skills that position them well for further professional opportunities that support comprehensive approaches to poverty reduction.

Collaborating Organizations

  • Atlas Corps: The mission of Atlas Corps is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals.
  • America Solidaria: America Solidaria builds cooperation networks among the American nations to strengthen local projects with professional volunteers in order to improve the life quality of the poorest and most excluded people of the continent.

Eligibility for the Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellowship

  • Applicants need to be citizen or permanent residents of Latin America or the Caribbean
  • 2 or more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
  • 35 years or younger
  • Commitment to return to your home country after the 12 month fellowship


The third group of Fellows for the Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellowship will initiate their Fellowship in September 2016. The application process is a four-month cycle. Here is the approximate calendar for September 2016.

September Fellowship:

  • March 28 - Priority deadline EXTENDED for the September Fellowship. Applications are taken year round, but earlier applications tend to be more successful.
  • March 28 - May 23: Atlas Corps invites eligible candidates to submit additional application materials. Semi-finalists are selected through application reviews and interviews conducted by Atlas Corps and America Solidaria
  • June 2016: Semi-finalists interview with potential Host Organizations for Fellowship placements
  • July 2016: Most final decisions made by this month
  • August, Second and Third Week: Two Weeks Out-of-Country Orientation in Chile (America Solidaria)
  • September, Third Week: Orientation Week in the United States (Atlas Corps)
  • September 26, 2016: Fellows' first day at Host Organizations

Application Process:

Learn more by reading the classic Atlas Corps Frequently Asked Questions. As of June 2015, Atlas Corps updated our online application system. If you need to access your application (created prior to May 31, 2015), please utilize this link. We encourage all applicants to create an application on our new online application system.

1. Online Application: All applications need to be submitted online. We will not accept applications via email or mail. You will need to create a login and you can save your responses so you can return to the application at any time. The application consists of background information, personal biography, essays, and letters of recommendation.

NOTE: In order to sponsor candidates to come to the United States for one year as a Fellow, we require detailed information about each applicant. The U.S. Government requires much of the information we are asking for in the application. Your responses also facilitate your Host Organization placement. Please answer each question honestly and accurately. It is critical to be honest and complete in your application. If you are found to be dishonest in the application, you will NOT be accepted as a Fellow and you will be sent home if you have been accepted.

2. Letters of Recommendation: Atlas Corps requires two (up to three) letters of recommendation from individuals who know you in a professional capacity and can write about your skills and experiences as well as your potential for success as an Atlas Corps Fellow. You will need to send your request for a letter of recommendation directly through the application system. Your recommender will receive an email that asks for a recommendation. More detailed instructions can be found in the online application form. Recommendation letters should be submitted within two weeks after submitting your application.

3. Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee including Atlas Corps staff and nonprofit sector, government, and business leaders from multiple countries. English writing tests and phone interviews will be conducted with semi-finalists. Host Organizations will conduct Skype video interviews with selected finalists. Host Organizations will make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected candidates.

4. Visa Process: After being selected, candidates will go to the U.S. Embassy in their respective countries to apply for a J-1 visa. Atlas Corps will provide support in obtaining this visa.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question isn’t answered there, please email apply@atlascorps.org.

Host Organizations

Our U.S. Partners:
American Jewish World Service
AsianAmerican Lead
Center for Inspired Teaching
Civic Enterprises
CORE Group
Free the Slaves
Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute
Global Citizens Network
Global Fairness Initiative
Global Health Corps
Global Kids
Grameen Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
HasNa, Inc.
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
International Peace and Security Institute
International Relief and Development
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Management Systems International
National Audubon Society
New York Needs You
One World Youth Project
Operation Smile
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Partners of the Americas
Points of Light Institute
Population Action International (PAI)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
U.S. Peace Corps

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