Our Mission

To empower catalytic communities of emerging leaders to advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies.

How the Atlantic Fellows Program Works

Through the global, interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs, Fellows collaborate to understand and address root causes of pressing problems. These  include socio-economic and racial inequality; barriers to full participation in democracy; the social determinants of health and access to quality care.

Each of the six Atlantic Fellows programs is distinct and grounded in its local context. All programs  start with a core fellowship experience, bringing  together a cohort of 20 to 30 emerging leaders. All cohorts become part of the Atlantic Fellows’  connected community of changemakers, and receive ongoing support from the Atlantic Institute throughout their careers with opportunities to meet, learn from one another and connect with the global community of Fellows.

Who Are the Atlantic Fellows?

Atlantic Fellows are a global community of leaders— activists, artists, journalists, health professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, teachers, lawyers, policymakers, and others—who collaborate to  advance equity, opportunity and human dignity.

Fellows are thinkers and doers with innovative  ideas and the courage, conviction and capacity to bring lasting improvements to their communities  and the world.

Fellows are typically early- to mid-career professionals from a range of backgrounds, disciplines and life experiences who share a passion, determination and vision to realize a more just world.


When it comes down to it, it’s always about people.
— Chuck Feeney, Founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies

Chuck Feeney with a student at Hue University’s Learning Resource Center in Viet Nam. Photo: Le Nhan Phuong

Chuck Feeney with a student at Hue University’s Learning Resource Center in Viet Nam. Photo: Le Nhan Phuong

It All Started When...

The Atlantic Philanthropies were founded by entrepreneur Chuck Feeney, who decided in 1982 to devote his wealth to the service of humanity. A champion of Giving While Living, Feeney has long maintained that people of wealth should use it to better the world during their lifetimes. The Atlantic Philanthropies made its last grant commitments in 2016. 

As one of its final big bets, The Atlantic Philanthropies established the Atlantic Fellows in 2015 to culminate the foundation’s long history of investing in people and in their vision,  opportunity and ability to realize a better—fairer, healthier, more inclusive—world. 

Atlantic has committed over $600 million—its biggest investment ever—alongside other partner organizations and governments, to support the work of a global  network of thousands of Atlantic Fellows over the next two decades, and beyond.


Banner photo: Fellows on a Global Learning Tour.  Photo: The Equity Initiative