Applying for the Atlantic Fellowship for Social and Economic Equity


Applications for the 2019-20 programme have now closed. Register your interest for 2020-21 by emailing

Is the AFSEE Fellowship for you?

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?

Via two tracks, Residential and Non-Residential, the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme combines rigorous academic coursework with practical approaches to fostering social change. 

Who are we looking for?

We 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, we are looking for:

•    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.

We 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.

Educational and English-language requirements

Residential Atlantic 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. Please refer to the LSE website for full details.

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 Atlantic 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.





Selection process for the 2020-21 programme


Applications will open for the 2020-21 programme later this year (2019); when dates are confirmed, they will be posted on this page.

Applications are assessed by AFSEE team working in cooperation with Senior Fellows and external advisors including programme partners. Applicants are selected for interview based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment between applicants’ background, vision and potential and the AFSEE programme’s goals and values

  • Applicants’ previous engagement with inequalities

  • Applicants’ leadership experience and potential

  • Applicants’ access and need


Learn more about the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme 

Answers to common questions about the programme can be found in our FAQ.

We held a webinar for applicants on 9 October 2018. This session provided an opportunity to learn more about the Fellowship and the application process. View the video of the webinar here.

Email if you wish to register your interest for the 2020-21 Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme.