+ 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 fantastic opportunity for those from social movement, civil society, academic, campaign or policy-making organisations to investigate and challenge the causes of inequalities.

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity will 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 field, to shape challenges to inequality.

Over the next 20 years the 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 each Fellowship track.


+ 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 would have at least 7-10 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 would 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: across 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 previously benefitted 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 really suitable for those who have the flexibility to dedicate themselves for a year. Residential Fellows will be expected to be resident in London from 19 September 2018. A pre-sessional will take place beforehand.

As well as the commitment to their MSc, Residential Fellows will be expected to participate in Integrated Weeks along with Non-Residential Fellows:

  • early November 2018 (Integrated Week 1)
  • mid February 2019 (Integrated Week 2)
  • mid April 2019 (Integrated Week 3)
  • mid June 2019 (Integrated Week 4)

Attendance at two International Inequalities Institute Annual Conferences, both at the start and towards the completion of the Fellowship, is also expected. However, we accept that attendance may be subject to obtaining visas.

Residential Fellowships will receive a stipend to cover reasonable living costs. The Atlantic Fellows programme will also cover the cost of one round-trip 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 12-18 months via a series of distinct, comprehensive short courses, comprising around seven weeks in total throughout the year.

The fellowship begins with a two week Summer School in July, and continues with a series of five week-long courses throughout the following academic year:

  • early July 2018 (Summer School)
  • early September 2018 (Core Concepts Week at UCT)
  • early November 2018 (Integrated Week 1)
  • mid February 2019 (Integrated Week 2)
  • mid April 2019 (Integrated Week 3)
  • mid June 2019 (Integrated Week 4)

Attendance at two International Inequalities Institute Annual Conferences, both at the start and towards the completion of the Fellowship, is also expected. However, we accept that attendance may be subject to obtaining visas. The costs of travel, accommodation, and meals for the conference will be covered by the Atlantic Fellows programme.

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

In addition the Non-Residential Fellows will undertake practical project work, and contribute to the III Annual Conference (held at the end of each academic year) and other activities as part of the Atlantic Fellows programme.

Throughout the programme, Fellows will work with the Academic Course Tutor to develop individual projects which will further your knowledge and impact. 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. Additionally, Non-Residential Fellows will be expected to have regular check-ins with the Academic Course Tutor during the Fellowship.


+ 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. The Atlantic Fellows programme will also cover the cost of one round-trip travel for Fellows who are not London based for the Academic Year (up to the Travel limits set in accordance with our Travel Policy). Expenses for attendance at Atlantic Fellows events, such as the III Annual Conference which will be in Cape Town in 2018, will 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 fully-funded with all course costs, travel, and accommodation covered where necessary. Meals will be provided for Fellows for the duration of the short courses and summer school. The Atlantic Fellows programme will cover the cost of one round-trip travel for Fellows who are not London based to each short course and the summer school in the UK. Similarly the Atlantic Fellows programme will cover the cost of one round-trip travel for Fellows who are not Cape Town, South African based (up to the Travel limits set in accordance with our Travel Policy to each short course in South Africa.

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


+ Does the Atlantic Fellowship programme support PhD study?

The Atlantic Fellowship programme does not support PhD study. The Residential Atlantic Fellowship supports a 12 month MSc in Inequalities and Social Sciences at LSE, whilst the Non-Residential Atlantic 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 19 December 2017 for both the Residential and Non-Residential fellowship streams. Unfortunately, any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


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

Applicants applying as Residential fellows who wish to get a fee waiver for the MSc application must submit an application fee waiver form to the LSE Graduate Admissions department to be considered.


+ 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).

Additionally for Residential Fellows you will need to apply for the MSc Inequality and Social Science by 19 December 2017


+ 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. References can be academic or professional.

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


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

Yes, this will be the same as the 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 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?

If you are applying for a Residential Atlantic Fellowship you will also need to apply for the MSc Inequality and Social Science.


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

Please follow the instructions on the course page and the graduate admissions page on the LSE website. All Residential Fellows applicants must submit a separate application to the MSc.


No, Residential Atlantic Fellows can 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?

The Non-Residential Fellows will take a programme of study including a two week summer school and five week long short courses, along with additional projects, mentoring, and coursework.

The 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 19-23 February 2018. 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 19 February 2018. Applicants who have been shortlisted and interviewed will be notified by mid-March 2018.


+ Do you provide feedback?

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

Please subscribe to the International Inequalities Institute mailing list to stay up to date on future application cycles.


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

Please visit the Institute's website, or subscribe to the International Inequalities Institute mailing list to stay up to date on events, publications, and happenings at the International Inequalities Institute.


+ I have further questions, who do I contact?

Please email afp@lse.ac.uk with further questions.