Atlantic Fellowship for Social and Economic Equity Programme 2019/20 (Fully-funded to London/Cape Town)

Atlantic Fellowship for Social and Economic Equity Programme 2019/20 (Fully-funded to London/Cape Town)

Deadline: November 20, 2018

Applications are open for the 2019-2020 Atlantic Fellowship. The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme aims to cultivate a sustainable and catalytic community of Fellows who are part of a global community of social change leaders. Through two tracks, Residential and Non-Residential, the Fellowship combines rigorous academic coursework with practical approaches to fostering social change.

Are you a social change leader committed to advancing justice and equity? Do you want to understand the processes that are causing and deepening inequalities? Are you willing to join forces with a global network of peers to mount a collective challenge to inequality?

Based in the International Inequalities Institute (III) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is one of seven interconnected Atlantic Fellowships.

AFSEE Fellows work together to think critically about the root causes of social and economic inequalities and apply this to real-world practice. They are exposed to diverse ideas and perspectives in a programme embedded in LSE’s renowned research community and informed by activists and practitioners from around the world. They pursue outcome-oriented projects and are encouraged to develop a shared understanding of the principles and values of social and economic equity, and their relation to practices of community and leadership.


  1. Residential Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity are based in London for a full academic year (September to August) to complete the one-year MSc Inequalities and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science and take part in AFSEE modules.
  2. Non-Residential Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity take AFSEE’s programme of modules, committing to five weeks over the course of a year, while maintaining their professional commitments.


The Fellowship includes:

  • Full tuition fees
  • £3,000 to support project work
  • dedicated mentorship
  • travel to and from London/Cape Town for each Module, and
  • reasonable travel and accommodation costs.


Residential Fellows:

  • Applicants must qualify for admission to the London School of Economics’ MSc Inequalities and Social Science. These requirements include a 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline.
  • A background in social science and/or work experience in the social policy field are advantageous but not essential.
  • GRE/GMAT requirement: None.
  • Applicants must meet LSE’s standard English Language Requirement.
  • Applicants must have at least five years’ experience of challenging inequality.

Non-residential Fellows:

  • Applicants should have achieved a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline, although there may be exceptional circumstances in which the applicant’s work experience will be taken into account instead.
  • GRE/GMAT requirement: None.
  • Applicants must meet LSE’s standard English Language Requirement.
  • Applicants must have at least five years’ experience of challenging inequality.


They are looking for Fellows who are bold, risky, and ready to challenge power; who see the bigger picture about how inequalities are playing out; who are imaginative and radical about solutions; who bring care and collaboration into their practice; who are not focused on advancing their careers, but are truly committed to changing the world.

In particular, they are looking for:

  • Experience: 
    • Deep commitment to social change, backed by seven to ten years of considerable real-world experience in challenging inequalities in activist, campaigning, arts, civil society, or other settings.
    • Individuals with less than seven but at least five years of experience will also be considered, based on their achievements in youth organising or activism.
  • Clarity of vision: 
    • Innovative ideas, a clear sense of purpose, and a plan for using the learning offered by the programme to produce real future impact, through an idea for a dissertation or project.
    • Readiness to grow in confidence and influence as a leader, in ways that embrace and advance the principles of social and economic equity, and their practice.
  • Potential to have impact: 
    • Courage to pursue lasting and meaningful change for economic and social equity, with potential to be instrumental in shaping an inspiring vision, direction, and agenda for social change in specific geographies, fields, professions, and beyond.
    • Capacity to absorb and leverage the network, resources, and skills offered through the Fellowship.
  • Social and emotional maturity: 
    • Interest in learning from and engaging with different perspectives and experiences from across a range of contexts, with a corresponding ability to navigate complexity and diversity.
    • Openness to fully engage with the whole AFSEE learning journey, including the intellectual and personal transformation this process entails.
  • Commitment to collaboration: 
    • Willingness to actively contribute to a sustained peer-led, value-driven community.
    • Commitment to work with and support others in achieving individual and collective impact.

They are especially keen to support applicants:

  • Living in the global South (in particular Africa, Far East, Middle East, South America, South East Asia, and the Indian subcontinent), although this factor will never be considered in isolation.
  • Who do not otherwise have the resources to finance their participation in such activities, especially those from the global South.
  • Who may not have had access to fellowship opportunities in the past.

Selection Criteria

Applications are assessed both by AFSEE, and by external advisors including programme partners and Senior Fellows. Applicants are selected for interview based on the following criteria:

  • Life purpose and alignment with the AFSEE programme’s goals, vision, and values
  • The AFSEE programme’s alignment with the applicant’s background, vision, and potential
  • Engagement with inequalities
  • Leadership experience and potential
  • Access and need


Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Atlantic Fellowship.