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Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

Applications open for the 2024-25 Fellowship

Applications are now open for the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE) fellowship programme for social-change leaders who are working to tackle inequality. Policymakers, researchers, activists, practitioners, artists, and movement-builders from around the world are invited to apply to the innovative, fully-funded, and inequalities-focused fellowship programme based at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Currently recruiting for its eighth cohort, the AFSEE Fellowship is aimed at mid-career social-change leaders from across the globe, who have at least seven years of experience in challenging inequalities. Applications are accepted from individuals working on any field of social and economic equity, including, but not limited to economic and social rights; sustainability and environmental activism; tax justice and economic alternatives; women’s, minority, and disability rights; rights to education; democracy and governance; housing and urban inequalities; labour rights; community organising; arts and culture; and peacebuilding and transitional justice.

The AFSEE Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for change-makers who are working to address social and/or economic inequalities to have time and space to reflect on their work and to refocus. The fellowship gives them a chance to engage in learning, develop and build skills, community and networks, and to be supported in strengthening their ability to make a significant impact in the future

Professor Armine Ishkanian, AFSEE Executive Director

The AFSEE Fellowship, which offers both Residential and Non-Residential tracks, begins with an active fellowship year that offers an intensive period of learning and skills-building carried out in LSE’s research-rich environment and informed by dialogic pedagogy and co-creation.

Fellows on the Residential track spend one year in London undertaking the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science degree at LSE, as well as participating in the programme’s four bespoke fellowship modules over the course of the year. The modules, which are led by AFSEE Executive Director Professor Armine Ishkanian and AFSEE Programme Lead Dr Sara Camacho Felix, feature contributions from academics, practitioners, campaigners, and civil society professionals, and focus on the foundations of social and economic inequalities, policy for equity, challenging and transforming inequality, and debates around inequality.

Members of the Non-Residential track remain in their home countries and work contexts during the active fellowship year, develop a practice-based project and join their Residential counterparts online and in-person for the fellowship modules. Non-Residential Fellows will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Social and Economic Equity upon successful completion of the active fellowship year.

After the active fellowship year, all Fellows join a lifelong fellowship community made up of members of all seven Atlantic Fellows programmes worldwide and continue to receive support and opportunities to learn, connect, and collaborate.

Through the programme Fellows gain the opportunity to look expansively at today’s inequalities and tomorrow’s systems change via the twin lenses of research and practice. They engage with and learn from leading scholars and practitioners working on inequalities and also share their perspectives and experiences with academics, policymakers, and other Fellows, with the aim of creating significant, sustainable change and a more equitable world for everyone.

Professor Armine Ishkanian, AFSEE Executive Director

Launched in 2017, Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity is supported by an unprecedented £64 million, 20-year grant to LSE from The Atlantic Philanthropies. It aims to build a 400-strong inspiring community of Fellows over two decades. In its first seven cohorts, the programme has brought together 116 change-makers from 49 countries across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and North and South America. Along with the other six Atlantic Fellows programmes, Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity enables like-minded changemakers to build a global community to advance fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies.

Deadline: Applications for the 2024-25 programme will close at 5pm (UK time) on 11 January 2024.

Learn more: Download our information booklet and check out ‘Who We Are’, ‘Our Fellowship’ and ‘Meet Our Fellows’ – pages on our website.

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