Emerging Global Leaders Initiative-Atlas Corps Fellowship Joins President Obama's Stand with Civil Society Agenda

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 25, 2014

The U.S. Department of State and Atlas Service Corps (Atlas Corps), a leadership development program that brings young professionals from the social sector to train in the United States, are partnering to bring 100 emerging leaders and social change activists from around the world to the United States through the Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI)-Atlas Corps Fellowship. Over the next two years, Fellows will participate in competitive internships and guided training at leading organizations that address social issues for 6-18 months on leadership development fellowships funded by the private sector. EGLI-Atlas Corps Fellows will convene at least once annually in Washington, D.C. and after the fellowship concludes, the Fellows will be included in the Department’s global exchange program alumni networks. The first cohort of Fellows will arrive in the United States in May 2015.

The EGLI-Atlas Corps Fellowship advances President Obama’s Stand with Civil Society Agenda, launched in September 2013 as a global call to action to support, defend, and sustain civil society amid a rising tide of restrictions on its operations globally. Working in partnership with other governments, the philanthropic community, and multilateral initiatives, the U.S. government has focused on three lines of effort over the past year: (1) promoting laws, policies, and practices that foster a supportive environment for civil society in accordance with international norms; (2) coordinating multilateral, diplomatic pressure to push back against undue restrictions on civil society; and (3) identifying innovative ways of providing technical, financial, and logistical support to promote a transparent and vibrant civil society.

The United States remains the largest supporter of civil society in the world, with more than $2.7 billion invested to strengthen civil society since 2010. On September 23rd, President Obama deepened the United States’ commitment to Stand with Civil Society by launching the EGLI-Atlas Corps Fellowship. This is a new partnership with measurable goals, bringing together the reach of the State Department with the proven leadership development program of Atlas Corps.

For more information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at ECA-Press@state.gov, 202-632-6445.