Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity at the London School of Economics and Political Science 450 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is inviting social change leaders, particularly from the global South, who are committed to advancing justice and equity, to apply to the AY 2020/2021 Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE) programme. The AFSEE programme is a funded 1-year fellowship based at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. This 1-year programme comprises 2 tracks, the Residential and Non-Residential Fellowship tracks. The AFSEE programme combines rigorous academic coursework with practical approaches to fostering social change and emphasises learning, connection and reflection. Fellows in both tracks participate in rigorous academic coursework, leadership development and practical approaches to fostering social change.

The fellowship program for all fellows starts with an immersive year at the London School of Economics and Political Science, centred around 4 key AFSEE learning Modules:

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

Fellows also join the Atlantic Institute’s convening in July 2020, which brings together Atlantic Fellows from other Atlantic Fellows sister programmes.

In addition, the Residential Fellows undertake a full-time, 1-year MSc in Inequalities and Social Science at LSE. Up to 9 Residential Fellowships will be selected annually. 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 onwards. AFSEE Modules 3 and 4 count towards fulfilling the MSc elective requirements.

Up to 9 Non-Residential Fellows will be chosen annually. Non-Residential Atlantic Fellows remain based in their home and professional environments, and travel to attend the Modules. They will investigate inequalities over a period of 12 to 18 months via the aforesaid 4 AFSEE Module, as well as practice-based project work. Because of the reduced time and location commitment, this fellowship is ideal for applicants who are unable to take a full year off from their work. But they are expected to commit at least 3 hours per week in addition to Module commitments, for reading, coursework and project work. They will undertake a project that attempts to offer a new insight, challenge or solution to inequalities that are central to Fellows’ future social-change agendas. Non-Residential Fellows are also expected to undertake readings, coursework and webinars in between Modules.


The Residential 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 Fellowship, and reimbursement of visa fees.

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 Non-Residential Fellowship covers full tuition fees, a  a £3,000 grant to support project work; dedicated mentorship; travel to and from London/Cape Town for each Module; accommodation and related costs during Modules; and reimbursement of visa fees.

Modest financial support is available for all Fellows, Residential or Non-Residential, who have family care responsibilities. In the event of emergencies, the programme has a Resilience Fund to which Fellows can apply.

Upon successful completion of the first fellowship year, Fellows will become AFSEE Senior Fellows. AFSEE Senior Fellows receive coaching support, and continued collaboration and learning opportunities. Senior Fellows become part of a wider global community of Atlantic Fellows. This global community is supported by the Atlantic Institute which offers opportunities for connection, collaboration and community.


Applicants should be change-makers committed to fighting inequality and who wish to learn from scholars, innovators, activists and social change organisations, and the latest academic research and expert insights on inequalities. They should be 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 life 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 AFSEE programme is particularly interested in people whose work and interests are aligned with the International Inequalities Institute’s three research themes of: 1) Wealth, Elites and Tax Justice 2) Cities, Jobs and the Knowledge Economy and 3) Global Economies of Care. Applicants from the global South – in particular, from: Africa, Far East, the Middle East, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent – are encouraged to apply. Those who do not otherwise have the resources to finance their participation in activities such as these, especially people from the global South, are urged to apply, as are those who have not already had significant access to fellowships or scholarships.

Those applying to be Residential Fellows must first 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 is advantageous but not essential. They must meet LSE’s standard English Language Requirement and have at least 5 years’ experience demonstrating courage, care, leadership and commitment in advancing equitable solutions to inequality. Applicants who have attained a PhD, who have completed an MSc within the past 3 years, or who are currently studying for a degree, will not normally be considered for the Residential track. They also need to be able to make a compelling case for how undertaking and successfully completing the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science will make a contribution to the applicant’s social change agenda. They must have a focused agenda and plan to use the knowledge and skills gained from the Msc.

Non-Residential Fellows applicants should have achieved a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline, although in exceptional circumstances, work experience may be considered in lieu of a formal higher education qualification.They must meet LSE’s standard English Language Requirement and have at least 5 years’ experience demonstrating courage, care, leadership and commitment in advancing equitable solutions to inequality. They need to have a plan for a clear and achievable project, to be undertaken during the course of the fellowship, that challenges structural inequality. Such a project should seek to advance understanding of or challenges to inequalities.

Applicants will be assessed on their:

  • Experience
  • Clarity of Vision and Future Impact and
  • Commitment and Readiness.


Applications are to be done online by 22 October 2019.

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