Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

“Within this room, within the collective, we have an incredible body of people who have worked on race, sex and sexuality, political participations, philanthropy, law, art, living, being. That is the hope to challenge inequality.”
— Masana Ndinga-Kanga, 2017-2018 AFSEE Fellow

At the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme, we believe that inequality is not inevitable and that a better, equitable world is possible. We envision a future with robust alternatives to our current global economy. We believe equity can be achieved through bold, imaginative responses that are forged through collective action and aligned to values of fairness, care, and dignity.

Based in the International Inequalities Institute (III) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is one of seven interconnected Atlantic Fellowships. AFSEE’s aim, via Residential and Non-Residential Fellowship tracks, is to cultivate a sustainable and catalytic community of Fellows who are part of a global community of social change leaders.

AFSEE Fellows work together to think critically about the root causes of social and economic inequalities and apply this to real-world practice. They are exposed to diverse ideas and perspectives in a programme embedded in LSE’s renowned research community and informed by activists and practitioners from around the world. They pursue outcome-oriented projects and are encouraged to develop a shared understanding of the principles and values of social and economic equity, and their relation to practices of community and leadership. 

The Fellows will go on to use the capabilities, perspectives, commitment, and networks they have developed through the programme to champion and implement ideas, policies, practices, and solutions aligned to achieving social and economic equity through active engagement in a sustained peer-led community. After completing the fellowship year, they become part of a global, lifelong community of Senior Atlantic Fellows, joining a Fellow-driven, active network of social change leaders, with further opportunities for learning and engagement.

 
I know that I cannot be nearly as successful on my own as I can be with a group of intelligent, committed and passionate people. This is why I applied to the Fellows programme.
 
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Residential Atlantic Fellows

Applications for the 2019-20 programme have now closed.

Residential Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity are based in London for a full academic year (September to August) to complete the one-year MSc Inequalities and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science and take part in AFSEE modules.

This programme provides an intensive learning experience centred on building rigorous, inter-disciplinary knowledge in inequalities and research skills. Residential Fellows will be focused on improving their understanding and knowledge base to lead advances in solutions to inequalities. Residential Fellows are expected to arrive with a clear agenda and plan for applying the knowledge and research skills they will gain through their participation in an immersive academic experience. Fellows are supported by a dedicated LSE academic advisor, by the AFSEE Academic Director through monthly meetings and regular check-ins, and through further opportunities for engagement offered throughout the year.

The MSc offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging programme that draws on expertise from leading academics in the LSE’s departments of Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Government, Law, Social Policy, Media and Communications, Gender, and Statistics, and will provide students with state-of-the-art teaching.

All Fellows (Residential and Non-Residential) take part in AFSEE modules*:
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.

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

Module 3 and Module 4 count towards fulfilling the MSc elective requirements.

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 Module 2, and travel to and from London at the beginning and end of the active Fellowship. 


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Non-Residential Atlantic Fellows

Applications for the 2019-20 programme have now closed.

Non-Residential Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity take AFSEE’s programme of modules, committing to five weeks over the course of a year, while maintaining their professional commitments. The Non-Residential Fellowship track offers a practice and programme focus designed for individuals who are assuming new challenges in their social change work that will enhance and extend their impact. It provides access to networks, intellectual support, and capacity-building to support Fellows in navigating the next stage of their leadership journey.

Non-Residential Fellows also develop and deliver a project that attempts to offer a new insight, challenge, or solution to inequality central to the Fellow’s future social-change agenda. Carried out through independent study, the project is a substantial piece of written or practical work in which Fellows showcase their own approaches and methods for social change and how these can be successfully applied. Each Fellow receives support from a dedicated mentor, selected for expertise and experience in the Fellow’s area of focus.

All Fellows (Residential and Non-Residential) take part in AFSEE modules*:
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.

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

The Fellowship includes full tuition fees, £3,000 to support project work, dedicated mentorship, travel to and from London/Cape Town for each Module, and reasonable travel and accommodation costs. 


Applications for the 2019-20 cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity closed on 20 November 2018. You can register your interest for the 2020-21 cohort by emailing afsee@lse.ac.uk.

More information about eligibility and criteria can be found on our Apply Now page. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQ page, and download our 3-page AFSEE information booklet.