Applications Open for Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity Programme

Deadline: 22 October 2019

Are you a change-maker committed to fighting inequality? Do you want to learn from scholars, innovators, activists and social change organisations, and the latest academic research and expert insights on inequalities? If Yes, then apply for the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE) Programme.

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is a funded fellowship based at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. It is one of seven interconnected Atlantic Fellowships worldwide.

The Fellowship Programme is a transformative experience that emphasises learning, connection and reflection.

Tracks
Residential Track

  • Residential Fellows undertake a full-time, one-year MSc in Inequalities and Social Science at LSE, in addition to AFSEE Modules and a dedicated mentorship. The Residential Track is only suitable for people who are able to dedicate themselves to full-time study for a full academic year.
  • Residential Fellows are required to relocate to London for the duration of the MSc programme. For the 2020-21 cohort, Residential Fellows will be expected to be resident in London from mid-September 2020.
  • The Residential Track of the AFSEE programme provides an intensive learning experience centred on building rigorous, interdisciplinary knowledge in inequalities and research skills. Residential Fellows will focus on improving their understanding and knowledge base in order to go on 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.
  • MSC IN INEQUALITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • The MSc in Inequalities and Social Science at LSE is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and wide-ranging programme that draws on expertise from leading academics in LSEs departments including Sociology, Social Policy, Media and Communications, Economics, Gender, Government, and Methodology. Its core course provides a strong grounding in the study, measurement and structures of inequalities. Additional elective courses, suited to a broad range of interests, are offered.
  • AFSEE MODULES

Residential Fellows will participate in four AFSEE Modules, alongside Non-Residential Fellows:

  • Module 1: Core Concepts in Social and Economic Inequalities, September 2020 | London, UK
  • Module 2: Leadership and Social Change, November 2020 | London, UK
  • Module 3: Leadership and Social Change, April 2021| London, UK
  • Module 4: Inequalities in Africa and Collective Leadership, June 2021 | Cape Town, South Africa

SUPPORT AND FUNDING

  • Residential Fellows receive support from a dedicated LSE academic mentor, from the AFSEE Academic Lead through monthly meetings and regular check-ins, and via further opportunities for engagement offered throughout the year.
  • The Residential Track of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is a funded fellowship. The fellowship includes full tuition fees, an £18,000 stipend to cover living costs while in London, travel to and from Cape Town for the South Africa module, and travel to and from London at the beginning and end of the active Fellowship, including reimbursement of visa fees.
  • Modest financial support is available for Fellows who have family care responsibilities. In the event of emergencies, the programme has a Resilience Fund to which Fellows can apply. Further information is available on request.
  • Non-Residential Track
  • Non-Residential Fellows are offered a unique opportunity to investigate inequalities over a period of 12 to 18 months via a set of distinct, comprehensive AFSEE Modules, and practice-based project work.
  • Non-Residential Fellows remain based in their home and professional environments, and travel to attend the Modules. Because of the reduced time and location commitment, this fellowship is ideal for applicants who are unable to take a full year off from their work. However, they will be expected to commit time, at least three hours per week in addition to Module commitments, for reading, coursework and project work.

AFSEE MODULES
Non-Residential Fellows will participate in four AFSEE Modules, alongside Residential Fellows.

  • Module 1: Core Concepts in Social and Economic Inequalities, September 2020 | London, UK
  • Module 2: Leadership and Social Change, November 2020 | London, UK
  • Module 3: Leadership and Social Change, April 2021| London, UK
  • Module 4: Inequalities in Africa and Collective Leadership, June 2021 | Cape Town, South Africa

PROJECT WORK

  • Non-Residential Fellows undertake a project that attempts to offer a new insight, challenge or solution to inequalities that are central to Fellows’ future social-change agendas.
  • Carried out through independent study, the project is a substantial piece of written or practical work that allows Fellows showcase their own approaches and methods for social change and detail how these can be successfully applied.
  • Non-Residential Fellows are also expected to undertake readings, coursework and webinars in between Modules.

SUPPORT AND FUNDING

  • Each Non-Residential Fellow receives support from a dedicated mentor, selected for expertise and experience in the Fellow’s area of focus.
  • The Non-Residential Track of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is a funded fellowship. The fellowship includes full tuition fees; a £3,000 grant to support project work; dedicated mentorship; travel to and from London/Cape Town for each Module; accommodation and related costs during Modules; and reimbursement of visa fees.
  • Modest financial support is available for Fellows who have family care responsibilities. In the event of emergencies, the programme has a Resilience Fund to which Fellows can apply. Further information is available on request.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Who live in the global South (in particular Africa, Far East, the Middle East, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent), although this factor will never be considered in isolation.
  • Who do not otherwise have the resources to finance their participation in activities such as these, especially people from the global South.
  • Who have not already had significant access to fellowships or scholarships.

Selection Criteria
Experience

  • Deep commitment to social change, backed by at least five years of substantive real-world experience in challenging inequalities in activist, policy, campaigning, arts, media or other settings.
  • Alignment with or interest in the International Inequalities Institute’s research themes.
  • Clarity of Vision and Future Impact

Innovative ideas, a clear sense of purpose, the courage to pursue lasting and meaningful change, and a plan for using the learning offered by the programme to produce real future impact, through an idea for a dissertation or project.
Readiness to evolve and develop as a leader in ways that embrace and advance the principles of social and economic equity, and their practice.
Potential to be instrumental in shaping an inspiring vision, direction and agenda for social change in specific geographies, fields, professions and beyond.
Commitment and Readiness

Interest in learning from and engaging with different perspectives and experiences from across a range of contexts, and a willingness to navigate the challenges and opportunities inherent in complexity and diversity.
Openness to fully engage with the whole Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity learning journey, including the intellectual and personal transformation this process entails.
Willingness to actively contribute to a sustained peer-led, values-driven community.
Commitment to work with and support others in achieving individual and collective impact.
For Residential Fellows Only

Ability to make a compelling case for how undertaking and successfully completing the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science will make a contribution to the applicant’s social change agenda.
A focused agenda and plan to use the knowledge and skills gained from the Msc.
For Non-Residential Fellows Only

A plan for a clear and achievable project, to be undertaken during the course of the fellowship, that challenges structural inequality. The project will seek to advance understanding of or challenges to inequalities.

How to Apply

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