Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) Fellowship Program 2021 for Changemakers from South Africa and the US (Funded)

Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) Fellowship Program 2021 for Changemakers from South Africa and the US (Funded)

Deadline: January 20, 2021

Applications are open for the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) Fellowship Program 2021. Each year they accept 20 high-impact changemakers from South Africa and the United States into the fellowship, which consists of an 18 months-long, non-residential experience that builds knowledge and capacity to effectively address the causes of racial inequality and to imagine more equitable futures.

Fellowship in AFRE is about building community that is grounded in a deep respect and appreciation for diverse experiences and perspectives and what can be built collectively. The experience is immersive and dialogue-based, with virtual participation and some international travel.

It is designed to support Fellows personal growth as leaders who are rooted in deep self-awareness, resilience, mutual support and collective accountability, while also facilitating new understandings and solidarities to emerge across sector, identity, and nationality. Projects are used as a tool to cultivate innovation, collaboration and creative problem solving. The fellowship is led by a transnational team of staff and facilitators from Columbia University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Fellowship Support

AFRE supports Fellows’ participation and leadership development through:

  • International travel and accommodations in South Africa and the United States.
  • Technological equipment to facilitate participation in virtual programming.
  • Professional coaching, networking and financial resources to advance racial equity projects.
  • Communications services for public identity-development, including a headshot, bio, and media training.
  • USD $10,000 in funding to cover personal costs associated with participation.
  • Access to Columbia University coursework upon graduation.
  • Connection to a global community of Atlantic Fellows working for change.


This program is for individuals who are committed to achieving equity, have a track record of significant impact, and deeply value dialogue with, and learning from, diverse perspectives and voices as a critical step towards achieving societal transformation. There are no academic qualifications required to apply.

Fellows share the following characteristics. They are:

  • Experienced in their field of work with a track record of impact in furthering racial equity;
  • Proposing work with the potential to significantly advance the development of new policy, institutions and/or narratives for greater equity;
  • Willing and able to navigate and learn from diversity and complexity on a local and global scale;
  • Committed to working with and supporting others to achieve individual and collective impact.


Following a short informational video, you will be directed to the 2021 Fellowship application.

Click here to apply

For more information, see FAQ and visit AFRE Fellowship.