The Atlantic Fellows program empowers communities of emerging leaders to advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies. 

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.


Six Programs. One Common Purpose.

Through the global, interconnected programs, Fellows collaborate across disciplines and borders to understand and address root causes of pressing problems. 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.


A Global Community for a Better World

The six Atlantic Fellows programs are operated from eight host sites, with Fellows coming from over 35 countries.

Support for a New Generation of Leaders

The Atlantic Institute amplifies the impact of the network of Atlantic Fellows programs, and helps promote lifelong community among its Fellows. 

 The Narrative Initiative is a training and networking resource for Atlantic Fellows, social change leaders and organizations. The Initiative will develop Fellows’ understanding and capacity to use culture, language and stories that move hearts and minds.

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

It All Started When...

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

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.