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The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity Programme 2020/2021.

Application Deadline: 22 October 2019 at 11.59 GMT.

Are you a change-maker committed to fighting inequality?

Do you want to learn from scholars, innovators, activists and social change organisations, and the latest academic research and expert insights on inequalities?

Are you ready to develop yourself and your leadership approach to collectively facilitate change?

Are you ready to join forces with a lifelong global network of peers?

We are looking for Fellows who are bold and ready to challenge power; who see the bigger picture of how inequalities are playing out; who are imaginative and daring in the way they envision solutions; who bring care and collaboration into their practice; who recognise the significance of lived experience of inequality and whose own lived experience informs their practice; who are not focused on advancing their careers, but are truly committed to changing the world through collective and collaborative approaches.

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is a funded fellowship based at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. It is one of seven interconnected Atlantic Fellowships worldwide.

The programme offers two tracks: Residential and Non-Residential.

Participants in both tracks participate in rigorous academic coursework, leadership development and practical approaches to fostering social change.


The Fellowship is especially keen to support applicants:

  • Whose work and interests are aligned with the International Inequalities Institute’s three research themes.Read more about the III research themes.

  • Who live in the global South (in particular Africa, Far East, the Middle East, Latin America, Southeast 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 activities such as these, especially people from the global South.

  • Who have not already had significant access to fellowships or scholarships.

Applications to the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme are assessed by the AFSEE team, working in cooperation with Senior Fellows and external advisors including programme partners.

Residential Fellowship

Residential Fellows undertake a full-time, one-year MSc in Inequalities and Social Science at LSE, in addition to AFSEE Modules and a dedicated mentorship.

The Residential Track is only suitable for people who are able to dedicate themselves to full-time study for a full academic year. Residential Fellows are required to relocate to London for the duration of the MSc programme. For the 2020-21 cohort, Residential Fellows will be expected to be resident in London from mid-September 2020 (exact date TBC).


The MSc in Inequalities and Social Science at LSE is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and wide-ranging programme that draws on expertise from leading academics in LSEs departments including Sociology, Social Policy, Media and Communications, Economics, Gender, Government, and Methodology. Its core course provides a strong grounding in the study, measurement and structures of inequalities. Additional elective courses, suited to a broad range of interests, are offered.

The Residential Track of the AFSEE programme provides an intensive learning experience centred on building rigorous, interdisciplinary knowledge in inequalities and research skills. Residential Fellows will focus on improving their understanding and knowledge base in order to go on to lead advances in solutions to inequalities. Residential Fellows are expected to arrive with a clear agenda and plan for applying the knowledge and research skills they will gain through their participation in an immersive academic experience.

AFSEE Modules

In addition to their commitment to their MSc degree study, Residential Fellows will participate in four AFSEE Modules*, alongside Non-Residential Fellows.

Module 1: Core Concepts in Social and Economic Inequalities, September 2020 | London, UKModule 2: Leadership and Social Change, November 2020 | London, UKModule 3: Leadership and Social Change, April 2021| London, UKModule 4: Inequalities in Africa and Collective Leadership, June 2021 | Cape Town, South Africa

*Projected dates; subject to adjustment.

Support and funding

Residential Fellows receive support from a dedicated LSE academic mentor, from the AFSEE Academic Lead through monthly meetings and regular check-ins, and via further opportunities for engagement offered throughout the year.

The Residential Track of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is a funded fellowship.The fellowship includes full tuition fees, an £18,000 stipend to cover living costs while in London, travel to and from Cape Town for the South Africa module, and travel to and from London at the beginning and end of the active Fellowship, including reimbursement of visa fees. 


Applications open on 28 August 2019 for the 2020-21 cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity.

Applications close on 22 October 2019 at 11.59 GMT. We are unable to consider applications received after this time. All applications must be complete by this date to be considered.

On 4 February 2020, the application shortlist will be finalised. All applicants will be contacted and told whether or not they have been shortlisted.

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. Online teleconferencing interviews will take place from 17 to 21 February 2020.

The final selection of the 2020-21 cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity will be made in early March 2020.

All shortlisted applicants will be notified of the programme’s decision by mid-March 2020

To apply and more information visit the official website

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