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Are you looking to change the world – and to grow your work for change? Are you a mid-career social-change leader who is ready to take the next step in your work for social justice? Do you want the opportunity to share knowledge, insights and hope with academics, innovators and civil society organisations, and draw on the latest research on inequalities? Are you ready to join forces with a lifelong community of people who are working to build a fairer world?
What is the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme? We are a funded fellowship for thinkers, doers and change-makers, based at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England. We are now recruiting 18 Fellows for 2021-22, our fifth fellowship year, with an application deadline of 31 January 2021. Our programme has a focus on the Global South, although we have Fellows from all over the world, and from a broad range of backgrounds and communities. We are one of seven interconnected Atlantic Fellowships worldwide.
What does our fellowship offer? The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity is a funded fellowship that draws on insights from both research and practice. It includes an active fellowship year that is focused on learning, knowledge-sharing and network-building, and, upon completion, membership of a lifelong global fellowship that offers further opportunities to connect, to learn and to share. During the active fellowship year, our Fellows follow one of two different tracks: Residential and Non-Residential.
What is the difference between the two tracks of the fellowship? Members of the Residential track set aside their work commitments for the active fellowship year to live in London, where they will study the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science at LSE and complete a master’s dissertation on a subject relating to inequalities.
Members of the Non-Residential track remain in their home countries and professional contexts, and they complete a project focusing on inequalities and change-making.
Members of both tracks also follow the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity curriculum, which includes four modules (of one to two weeks in duration) throughout the year. The modules are participatory and co-creative, in a research-rich setting, and they include rigorous academic coursework, leadership and skills development, and practical approaches to fostering social change.
Who are we looking to select as Atlantic Fellows? We are looking to select Fellows who have seven to ten years of experience in challenging inequalities, and who have not already had significant access to fellowships or scholarships.
We are looking for Fellows who are bold and ready to challenge power, and who see the bigger picture of how inequalities manifest around the world. We are seeking Fellows who are imaginative and daring in the way they envision solutions, who are kind, courageous and compassionate, and who bring care and solidarity into their practice.
We aim to recruit Fellows who recognise the significance of lived experience of inequality, and whose own lived experience informs their practice. Most importantly, we select Fellows who are driven not by advancing their careers, but by a commitment to changing the world through collective and collaborative approaches.
Where do Fellows come from, and what areas of social change do they work in? In the first four years of our programme, we have welcomed 68 Fellows from 35 countries across Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and North America.Our Fellows include activists, movement-builders, policy-makers, researchers, practitioners, educators, civil society professionals, journalists and grassroots organisers. They are working for change in areas such as women’s and LGBTQ+ rights, economic and social justice, labour rights, racial justice, sustainability and the climate emergency, community wealth-building, migration and exclusion, the care economy, disability rights, access to education, tax justice, human rights, land and housing rights, health equity, widows’ and children’s rights, and commons and cooperatives.