Friday, July 24, 2015

Fellowship Opportunity for Young Veterans Interested in International Affairs Careers

The Atlantic Council is seeking applications for the Take Point Initiative, a fellowship program open to veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are 35 years old and younger and who currently work in, or would like to transition to, careers in international policy. The fellowship is designed to prepare veterans for leadership positions in the nonprofit and policy fields, with a focus on international affairs and national security. Fellows have a chance to compete for $75,000 in seed funding. Accommodations, group meals and a partial travel subsidy is paid for by the Council.
Through this initiative, the Council seeks to provide exceptional young veterans with tools that will help them become nonprofit and thought leaders in the international affairs arena. This includes opportunities to network with potential employers and funders, deepen their substantive policy expertise, and build nonprofit and thought leadership skills over the course of an intensive ten-day fellowship program in Washington, DC planned for October 13 – 23, 2015. Additionally, the Council will award over $75,000 in grant funds to Take Point fellows to support their work. In turn, fellows will commit to using their training to help provide a voice for other young veterans in the foreign policy discourse, including injured veterans.
National Veterans Innovation and Ideas Forum:
Using a dynamic TED Talks-style format, NVIIF will provide veterans with a public platform to outline their vision for US foreign policy and national security. Planned as a day-long event in DC, the forum will feature presentations from fellows and keynote speeches from senior leaders in the veteran and policy community. The audience will include wounded warriors, young veterans, and civilian leaders. Fellows will present their project ideas and compete for funding awards. The top presenters in each track, chosen by a jury and/or audience voting, will receive a $20,000 innovation award to pursue their project.
Mountain Policy Retreat:
The forum will include an overnight retreat with fellows and senior leaders at Boulder Crest Retreat (BCR). The location, in beautiful natural mountain surroundings near DC, provides an ideal venue for fellows to bond and have a frank and open dialogue with senior leaders on key policy issues.


Fellows will spend approximately ten days in Washington, DC for training and networking in October 2015. There is no salary or stipend for the fellowship, as fellows will live at home and only travel for this one short trip (fellows may have full-time or part-time employment, be unemployed, or be currently enrolled students). Fellows will be expected to devote time before the trip to developing their concept and must be able to launch and execute their project if they win seed funding.

Application instructions

The Atlantic Council is currently accepting applications from exceptional veterans 35 years old and under for this fellowship program. We are seeking a diverse group of fellows with a range of personal and professional backgrounds and service histories, including both former officers and enlisted personnel. Strong preference will be given to candidates with a feasible and original idea; passion for service, and a commitment to assist other veterans, including injured veterans; an entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic; and proven leadership skills.
Applicant Requirements:
  • 35 years old or under
  • US citizenship
  • Veteran of any branch of the United States Armed Forces
  • An interest in nonprofit or thought leadership and foreign policy
Application and Decision Timeline:
The application, selection and event timeline for the 2015 Take Point Fellowship is as follows:
  • August 16th – Applications Deadline
  • September 1st – Decision Notifications
  • October 13th – 23rd – Take Point Fellowship and Competition