+ What is the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity?

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute is a ground-breaking opportunity for those from social movement, civil society, academic, campaign and policy-making organisations to investigate and challenge the causes of inequalities.

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity aims to identify, prepare and connect cohorts of diverse, multidisciplinary and action-oriented leaders seeking radical solutions to the structural and historic barriers that underpin inequalities globally. You will be immersed in cutting-edge academic coursework and social change leadership training. Leadership is an essential component of the course, and you will work towards developing as a social change leader. You will become part of a wider network of Fellows, and will share insights and expertise, connecting at both LSE and the University of Cape Town. You will engage with leading activists and visionaries in their fields, to shape challenges to inequality.

Over the next 20 years the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme will support 600 Fellows in developing innovative understandings of inequalities and work towards finding real-world solutions. Drawn from both academia and organisations actively working to combat inequalities, these Fellows will provide a range of perspectives and insights to their work, regularly coming together to help broaden the scope of their research and develop new approaches.


+ Can I apply for both fellowship tracks?

Yes. Applicants may submit an application for both the Residential and the Non-Residential Fellowship tracks.


+ Which fellowship track is right for me?

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity is seeking to attract applications from those with practical experience of tackling inequalities, such as activists, advocates, civil servants, policy makers and practitioners, as well as from academics, working in a variety of academic disciplines.

Ideally applicants have at least 7 to 10 years of experience in an activist or campaigning career and have considerable real-world experience of challenging inequality. We are looking for applicants who will be transformative, and for whom the fellowships will be transformative. We encourage applications from all interested parties with at least seven years of substantive professional experience.

We are especially keen to support applicants:

  • Living in the global South (in particular Africa, the Far East, Middle East, South America, South East Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent), although this factor will never be considered in isolation.
  • For whom access to this fellowship would make a decisive contribution to their ability to fulfil their potential as a social change leader.
  • Who have not benefited from exposure to comparable professional or academic fellowship or scholarship opportunities in the past.

Residential Fellows

Residential Fellows undertake a full time one-year MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, with dedicated mentorship. Residential Fellows are required to relocate to and live in London for the duration of the MSc programme. The MSc is intensive, and this track is only suitable for those who have the flexibility to dedicate themselves for a year. Residential Fellows will be expected to be resident in London from mid-September 2019 (date TBC). A pre-sessional will take place beforehand.

In addition to their commitment to their MSc study, Residential Fellows will be expected to participate in Integrated Weeks* along with Non-Residential Fellows:

  • Module 1: Core Concepts in Social and Economic Inequalities 11-20 September 2019 | London, UK
  • Module 2: Africa and Collective Leadership 3-8 November 2019 | Cape Town, South Africa
  • Module 3: Systems Change and the Economy 20-14 April 2020| London, UK
  • Module 4: Digital Future and Social Change 15-19 June 2020 | London, UK

*Projected dates; subject to adjustment.

Residential Fellows will receive a stipend to cover reasonable living costs. The programme will also cover the cost of one round-trip air ticket for non-UK residents for the academic year (up to the travel limits set in accordance with our travel policy).

In line with the requirements of the Graduate Admission Office at LSE, MSc applicants should have achieved a 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, with social science background, and/or work experience in the social policy field advantageous but not essential (see entry requirements).

Non-Residential Fellows Non-Residential Fellowships offer applicants a unique opportunity to investigate inequalities over a period of 12 to 18 months via a series of distinct, comprehensive short courses, comprising around five weeks in total throughout the year.

  • Module 1: Core Concepts in Social and Economic Inequalities 11-20 September 2019 | London, UK
  • Module 2: Africa and Collective Leadership 3-8 November 2019 | Cape Town, South Africa
  • Module 3: Systems Change and the Economy 20-14 April 2020 | London, UK
  • Module 4: Digital Future and Social Change 15-19 June 2020 | London, UK

*Projected dates; subject to adjustment.

Elements of the course will be undertaken with our Node Partner, the University of Cape Town.

In addition, Non-Residential Fellows will undertake practical project work, and contribute to other activities as part of the Atlantic Fellows programme. Fellows will also have the opportunity to work with mentors throughout the fellowship.

Because of the reduced time and location commitment, this fellowship is ideal for applicants unable to take a full year from their work. However, Non-Residential Fellows will be expected to set aside and commit time on a weekly basis, at least three hours per week outside of the course commitments for reading, and assignments.


+ Is the Fellowship only open to LSE/UCT students?

No, fellowships are available to graduates from any university or those with appropriate experience, so long as they meet the minimum entry requirements. We especially encourage applicants who may not have had access to an elite education, or fellowship opportunities in the past.


+ What funding is provided?

Residential Fellows
Residential Fellows are enrolled in the MSc Inequalities and Social Science, and the fellowship will cover all course fees. Additionally, all Residential Fellows will receive a set stipend to cover reasonable living costs. For Fellows who are not London based, the Atlantic Fellows programme will also cover the cost of travel (one round-trip journey) for the academic year, up to the travel limits set in accordance with our travel policy. Expenses for attendance at Atlantic Fellows events may also be covered (for example, hotels and flights).

Visa fees for Residential Fellows will also be covered by the Atlantic Fellows programme.

Non-Residential Fellows
Non-Residential fellowships are funded with course costs, travel, and accommodation covered where necessary. For Fellows who are not London based, the Atlantic Fellows programme will cover the cost of travel (one round-trip journey) to each module in the UK. For Fellows who are not based in Cape Town, South Africa, the Atlantic Fellows programme will cover the cost of travel (one round-trip journey) to each module in South Africa, up to the travel limits set in accordance with our travel policy.

Visa fees for Non-Residential Fellows will also be covered by the Atlantic Fellows programme.


+ Does the Atlantic Fellows programme support PhD study?

The Atlantic Fellows programme does not support PhD study. The Residential fellowship supports a 12 month MSc in Inequalities and Social Sciences at LSE, whilst the Non-Residential fellowship supports a 12-18 month programme of short courses and project work.

Alternatively you may be interested in the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships, based at the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute – more information is available on the Institute's website.


+ What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is 23:59 GMT 20 November 2018 for both the Residential and Non-Residential fellowship streams. Unfortunately, no applications received after the deadline will be considered.


+ Can I get a waiver for the Application Processing fee for the MSc Application?

Applicants applying for the Residential Fellows programme will be asked to apply for the MSc only if they are shortlisted. All shortlisted applicants will receive a fee waiver.


+ What do I need to do to apply?

To apply, please complete the online application (see the link at the top and bottom of this page), and provide your CV, contact information for two references, and University transcripts. If you are not from a majority English-speaking country you will need to provide an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (see LSE’s English Requirement guidance).


+ Do I need to provide a full academic transcript or can I just use my degree certificate?

Residential Fellow applicants should provide the full academic transcript. If you no longer have a copy of your transcript please contact the university at which you studied and ask them to reissue the document. Please note that transcripts can take several weeks to be reissued from request, so applicants are advised to request their transcripts as soon as possible.

Non-Residential Fellow applicants may provide their degree certificate.


+ What do I need to do to provide two references?

Applicants should fill out their referee’s details on their application form. An email will then be sent to the referee requesting a letter. All reference letters should be received from the referee by the deadline. We therefore encourage you to reach out to your referee to let them know to expect an email and to have their letters prepared.

Pre-existing references will not be accepted. Reference letters must be submitted by the referee and will not be accepted from the applicant.

Those applying for the Non-Residential track can submit academic or professional references.

In line with the requirements for the MSc applications, those applying for the Residential track should have at least one academic reference. Applicants who graduated from their most recent study before January 2013 may supply two professional references if they are unable to provide academic references. It is in your interests to supply academic references wherever possible. The second reference, however, can be either academic or professional.


+ Is there a minimum English Requirement for the Non-Residential Fellows?

Yes. The requirement is the same as that for Residential Fellows; standard according to the LSE’s English Requirement guidance.


+ Are there any exceptions to the English Language requirement?

All applicants to LSE degree courses must comply with UK Visa requirements. Please see the English Language requirement section on the LSE website. No exceptions can be made for Atlantic Fellows candidates, due to UK Visa requirements.


+ The majority of my schooling was in the English language. Can I get a waiver on the English Language requirements?

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme works to the LSE English language requirements, so you will need to provide proof of your English language skills, unless:

  • You are a national of Canada (whose first language is English) or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries
  • You have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of those countries or
  • You have passed a recognised English language test at an appropriate level.

For more information please see the English Language requirement section of the LSE website.


+ I cannot book an English Language test before the Atlantic Fellows deadline - is there any exemption?

Please book onto the next available test and submit a copy of the email from the test centre to afp@lse.ac.uk, with an estimate of when you will receive the test results. If you are selected for the Fellowship you will receive a conditional offer, with the Fellowship offer only confirmed upon receipt of a valid certificate. Proof of English Language is a UK Visa requirement, and all Fellows must be in compliance with UK Visa regulations.


+ Do I need to apply for the MSc in Inequalities and Social Sciences?

Those applying to the Residential Fellowship programme will be asked to apply for the MSc Inequality and Social Science only if they are shortlisted. Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted by 11 February 2019.

Shortlisted applicants to the Residential Fellowship programme will need to apply for the MSc no later than 18 February 2019.


+ How do I apply for the MSc Inequalities and Social Science?

Applicants will be notified about how to apply for the MSc if they have been shortlisted for the Residential Fellowship programme. Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted by 11 February 2019.


No. Residential Atlantic Fellows may only study the MSc Inequalities and Social Science.


+ I have already applied for another MSc course at LSE. Can I change my course preference to be considered for the MSc Inequalities and Social Science?

You can apply for two courses at a time – your first choice will be prioritised and your second will only be considered if you are unsuccessful for your first. If you would like to change your course selection, you can do so online. If you would like an additional two course choices, you can do this but will have to pay an additional £100.


+ What qualification will be awarded to Non-Residential Fellows?

Non-Residential Fellows will take a programme of study including four dedicated modules of one or two weeks in duration, along with additional project work, mentoring, and coursework.

Non-Residential Fellows will not receive a qualification at the end of the course, other than a confirmation of their participation.


+ When will selections interviews be held?

Selections interviews will be held between 18 and 22 February 2019. If you are invited to interview, you will be notified in advance.


+ When will applicants be notified?

Applicants who have not been shortlisted will be notified by 11 February 2019. Applicants who have been shortlisted and interviewed will be notified by mid-March 2019.


+ Do you provide feedback to applicants?

Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications, and the confidential nature of the selection process, feedback is not provided to applicants who were not shortlisted.

Applicants who were shortlisted and interviewed will only be provided with feedback on request.

Feedback will only be provided to applicants. Feedback will not be provided to sponsors, referees, or associates.


+ I am not yet ready to apply, but I want to stay in touch for future application cycles.

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+ I am interested in the work of the International Inequalities Institute. How can I learn more?

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+ I have further questions. Who should I contact?

Please email afsee@lse.ac.uk with your questions. We'd be delighted to hear from you.