Answers to the most-asked questions about our fellowship
Questions about the application process
+ Is there an application fee for this Fellowship?
No. There is no fee to apply to the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme.
+ What do I need to do to apply?
To apply, please complete the online application form, 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 internet access to view and complete the application?
Yes. The AFSEE application is an online application. You will need a stable internet connection to fill out the application, submit supporting documents, and submit the application.
Please plan to submit your application a day or two before the deadline of 22 October 2019 to allow yourself sufficient time to resolve any issues. You may wish to write your answers to the application questions in a Word document or other text file, and then copy and paste your answers when you are ready to submit.
Unfortunately, no applications submitted after the deadline will be considered, even where there have been technological or connectivity issues. If you are experiencing problems when you attempt to submit your application, please try again using a different web browser, computer, or internet connection.
If such problems cannot be resolved prior to the submission deadline, please contact AFSEE firstname.lastname@example.org
+ What is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the 2020-21 programme is 23:59 GMT 22 October 2019 for both the Residential and Non-Residential fellowship streams. This deadline is firm and no applications received after the deadline can be considered.
+ When will applicants be notified?
Applicants to the 2020-21 programme who have not been shortlisted will be notified by 4 February 2020.
Applicants who have been shortlisted will also be notified by 4 February 2020.
Shortlisted applicants to the 2020-21 programme will be interviewed, and then notified of the panel's decision by mid-March 2020.
+ How many Fellows do you select?
We select up to 18 Fellows each year: 9 Non-Residential Fellows, and 9 Residential Fellows.
+ If I have previously applied, may I apply again?
Yes. If you applied for the AFSEE programme in 2017, 2018 or 2019 and were unsuccessful, you are welcome to reapply if you meet our eligibility criteria.
+ Can I apply for both fellowship tracks?
Yes. Applicants may submit applications for both the Residential and the Non-Residential Fellowship tracks of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme.
+ What kind of references do I need to provide, and when do I need to provide references?
Only shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide references from two people. All applicants should provide details of their referees on their application form. If you are shortlisted, an email will be sent to your referees requesting a reference. If you are not shortlisted, your referees will not be contacted.
Reference letters must be submitted directly to us by referees. Previously prepared letters of reference, or references provided via the applicant, will not be accepted.
Those applying for the Non-Residential Track may submit either academic or professional references.
If you are applying for the Residential Track, you should have at least one academic reference, in line with the requirements for the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science degree programme at LSE. The second reference can be either academic or professional.
If you are applying for the Residential Track and graduated from your most recent period of study before January 2014, and are unable to provide academic references, you may submit two professional references. However, it is in your interests to supply at least one academic references if at all possible.
+ I am applying for the Residential Fellowship. Do I need to submit an application for the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science?
If you have applied to the Residential Track of the AFSEE programme for 2020-21, you will be asked to apply for the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science only if you are shortlisted.
Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for the Residential Track of the AFSEE programme by 4 February 2020. Those who have been shortlisted will be asked to submit a separate application to the MSc programme at that point.
The MSc application goes directly to and is assessed by the Department of Sociology at LSE.
Shortlisted applicants to the Residential Fellowship programme for 2020-21 will be required to submit their application to the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science no later than 17 February 2020.
Learn more about the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science:
+ How do I apply for the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science?
Applicants will be notified about how to apply for the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science if they have been shortlisted for the Residential Fellowship programme.
Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted by 4 February 2020.
Shortlisted applicants will then be asked to submit an application to the MSc programme (which is a separate application to the one they have submitted to apply to AFSEE).
The MSc application goes directly to and is assessed by the Department of Sociology at LSE. The deadline to apply to the MSc is 17 February 2020.
Learn more about the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science:
+ 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.
+ 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.
+ 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 email@example.com , 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.
+ Can I undertake another, related MSc at LSE on this programme?
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.
+ 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 have been shortlisted and interviewed will be provided with feedback only on request.
Feedback will only be provided to applicants. Feedback will not be provided to sponsors, referees, or associates.
BECOMING A FELLOW
+ Which fellowship track is right for me?
The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is seeking to attract applications from those with practical experience of tackling inequalities, such as activists, advocates, civil servants, artists, journalists, policy makers and practitioners, as well as from academics, working in a variety of academic disciplines.
Ideally applicants will have at least five years of considerable real-world experience of challenging inequality. We are looking for applicants who will be transformative, and for whom the fellowship will be transformative. We encourage applications from all interested parties with at least five 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.
Read more about the Residential Track and the Non-Residential Track of the fellowship here.
+ How do I know if my work aligns with the International Inequalities Institute's research themes?
You can find more information on the III research themes on the III website.
+ Can I speak with an III researcher about how my work aligns with the Institute's research themes?
Unfortunately, owing to the high number of applications we receive, we are not able to connect applicants with III researchers.
+ What if my work doesn’t fully align with the International Inequalities Institute's research themes?
We welcome applications from anyone who is working to challenge inequality and meets our eligibility criteria.
We are keen to encourage those applicants whose work aligns with the III research themes. If your work does align with an III research theme, either fully or partially, you are encouraged to highlight this in your application.
However, we will also consider applications from people working in fields outside of the areas covered by the III research themes. Applications to the fellowship are not assessed solely on applicants' alignment with III research themes.
+ If I am accepted onto the fellowship programme, can I defer for a year?
We may consider offering deferrals under exceptional circumstances, but do not guarantee that we will do so. You are encouraged to apply for the fellowship as and when you are able to commit to a full year.
+ 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
THE FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE
+ How much time would I need to commit to the fellowship programme?
Residential Fellows relocate to London and undertake their fellowship commitments and the MSc Inequalities and Social Science. This is a significant commitment, and the full-time MSc can be an intense workload. As such Residential Fellows take a break from their work commitments to be fully dedicated to the fellowship year.
Residential Fellows are expected to attend every AFSEE Module in its entirety, and are expected to prioritise additional AFSEE commitments (such as webinars, online learning, and meetings). We make exceptions for emergencies on a case-by-case basis.
If you are unable to fully commit to the fellowship year you are encouraged to consider delaying your application until you are in a position to prioritise the fellowship. AFSEE expects Fellows to have full commitment and attendance.
Non-Residential Fellows are expected to attend every AFSEE Module in its entirety, and to prioritise additional AFSEE commitments (such as webinars, and online learning). We make exceptions for emergencies on a case-by-case basis.
Additionally, Non-Residential Fellows undertake project work during their fellowship year, and are expected to commit at least three hours per week outside of the Modules to reading and project work. Non-Residential Fellows have monthly online check-ins with AFSEE, and attendance at these is mandatory.
If you are unable to fully commit to the fellowship year you are encouraged to consider delaying your application until you are in a position to prioritise an AFSEE fellowship. AFSEE expects Fellows to have full commitment and attendance.
Read more about the Residential Track and Non-Residential Track here:
+ Would I need access to the internet to undertake the fellowship?
Yes. The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity team uses the internet as the primary way to communicate with Fellows. It is therefore essential that you have regular access to a stable internet connection in order to read emails from us, take part in virtual check-ins, and access our online learning platform.
Where this may be a financial barrier for Fellows, additional financial support can be provided by AFSEE to ensure full participation.
+ Do you provide support with grant funding or job placement?
No, the AFSEE programme does not provide direct grant funding or job placement support.
+ What will happen after the fellowship year?
The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is a lifelong fellowship, interested not just in the initial fellowship year, but also in the lifelong commitment to fighting inequality our Fellows make.
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 all working to challenge inequality in their region and context. This global community is supported by the Atlantic Institute which offers opportunities for connection, collaboration and community.
+ Can I speak with an AFSEE team member?
Yes. AFSEE will be holding webinars on Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October. You are invited to join and ask questions of AFSEE staff.
You can also email your questions to the AFSEE team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ Can I speak with a Senior Fellow?
Yes. AFSEE will be holding webinars on Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October. Senior Fellows will be participating in these webinars. You are invited to join and bring your questions.
+ I am not yet ready to apply, but I want to stay in touch. Can you contact me about future application cycles?
The easiest way to receive up to date information about future application cycles is to subscribe to the International Inequalities Institute's email list.
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