The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-month professional fellowship offered twice a year (March & September). Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. Fellows learn leadership skills while sharing best practices and supplement daily knowledge with theoretical topics presented in the Atlas Corps Nonprofit Management Series. Atlas Service Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for a 2012 Fellowship in Latin America (current opportunities in Brazil, Colombia, and Chile). Expenses are paid in this prestigious 12-month fellowship program, including a living stipend, health insurance, and training.
2 or more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Spanish and English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
35 years or younger
Applying to volunteer in a country other than where you are from
Commitment to return to your home country after the 12-18 month fellowship
March Fellowship (approximate):
August 15: Application process opens
October 15 - December 15: English Tests and Interviews for Semi-Finalists
March 1: Fellowship starts
September Fellowship (approximate):
February 15: Application process opens
April 15 - June 15: English Tests and Interviews for Semi-Finalists
September 1: Fellowship starts
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 Colombia or Chile for one year as a Fellow, we require detailed information about each applicant. The Government requires much of the information we are asking for in the application. Your responses also facilitate your host 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.
NOTE: These recommendation requests will NOT be sent until your application is submitted and applications without at least two recommendations will NOT be considered.
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. Phone interviews and Spanish/English writing tests 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 Latin American Consulate in their respective countries to apply for a Visa. Atlas Corps will provide support in obtaining this visa.
5. Program Fee: The Fellow will be required to pay a $1,000 USD fee to participate in the program. There are 3 options to pay this tuition:
a. Pay total $1,000 fee at beginning and receive a 10% discount.
b. Pay $500 USD at the beginning and $500 USD over the course of the year.
c. Receive a lower stipend until the program fee is covered.
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