2022-23 Atlantic Fellows programme for social and economic equity

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Location (s):

  • United Kingdom
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Overview

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?

Are you ready to develop yourself and your leadership approach to collectively facilitate change? Are you ready to join forces with a lifelong global network of peers?

Details

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.

We are looking for Fellows who are bold and ready to challenge power; who see the bigger picture of how inequalities are playing out; who are imaginative and daring in the way they envision solutions; who bring care and collaboration into their practice; who recognise the significance of lived experience of inequality and whose own lived experience informs their practice; who focus not on advancing their careers, but on their commitment to changing the world through collective and collaborative approaches.

Our fellowship programme offers two tracks: Residential and Non-Residential. Participants in both tracks participate in rigorous academic coursework, leadership and skills development, and practical approaches to fostering social change. On completion of their active fellowship year, our Fellows join a lifelong community of senior Fellows from all seven Atlantic Fellows programmes.

TRACKS

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is a transformative experience that emphasises learning, connection and reflection.

For both our Residential Fellows and our Non-Residential Fellows, the fellowship journey begins with an immersive year at the London School of Economics and Political Science, centred around four key learning Modules. It is an intense and demanding year that requires full commitment from Fellows as they join a community that helps to support, challenge and deepen their learning and practice.

Fellowship is also a lifelong journey. At the end of Fellows’ active fellowship year at LSE, they will have the opportunity to build their engagement in the Atlantic Fellows global community, in the company of Senior Fellows from all seven Atlantic Fellows programmes around the world.

Applications for the 2022-23 cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity will open in October 2021. To register your interest and to receive notification of the opening of the application portal, email afsee@lse.ac.uk 

Residential Track

We offer up to 9 Residential Fellowships annually.

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 2022-23 cohort, Residential Fellows will be expected to be resident in London from mid-September 2022 (exact date TBC).

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.

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.

AFSEE MODULES

In addition to their commitment to their MSc degree study, Residential Fellows will participate in four AFSEE Modules*, alongside Non-Residential Fellows.

  • Module 1: Foundations of Social and Economic Inequalities: Tuesday 7 - Friday 17 September 2022 | London, UK
  • Module 2: Policy for Equity: Monday 1 - Friday 5 November 2022| Online
  • Module 3: Challenging and Transforming Inequality: Monday 4 - Friday 8 April 2023 | London, UK
  • Module 4: Southern Perspectives on Equity: Monday 20 June - Friday 24 June 2023 | Location TBD

* The above are projected dates and are subject to adjustment.

Non-Residential Track

We offer up to 9 Non-Residential Fellowships annually.

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 their Module commitments, for reading, coursework and project work.

PROJECT WORK

Non-Residential Fellows undertake a project that aims 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 to 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.

Opportunity is About:


Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

We are looking for Fellows who are bold, risky, and ready to challenge power; who see the bigger picture about how inequalities are playing out; who are imaginative and radical about solutions; who bring care and collaboration into their practice; who are not focused on advancing their careers, but are truly committed to changing the world.

In particular, we are looking for:

Experience

  • Deep commitment to social change, backed by seven to ten years of considerable real-world experience in challenging inequalities in activist, campaigning, arts, civil society, or other settings. Individuals with less than seven but at least five years of experience will also be considered, based on their achievements in youth organising or activism. 

Clarity of vision

  •  Innovative ideas, a clear sense of purpose, 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 grow in confidence and influence as a leader, in ways that embrace and advance the principles of social and economic equity, and their practice.  

Potential to have impact

  • Courage to pursue lasting and meaningful change for economic and social equity, with potential to be instrumental in shaping an inspiring vision, direction, and agenda for social change in specific geographies, fields, professions, and beyond.
  • Capacity to absorb and leverage the network, resources, and skills offered through the Fellowship.

Social and emotional maturity

  • Interest in learning from and engaging with different perspectives and experiences from across a range of contexts, with a corresponding ability to navigate complexity and diversity.
  • Openness to fully engage with the whole AFSEE learning journey, including the intellectual and personal transformation this process entails.

Commitment to collaboration

  • Willingness to actively contribute to a sustained peer-led, value-driven community.
  • Commitment to work with and support others in achieving individual and collective impact.

We are especially keen to support applicants:

  • Living in the global South (in particular Africa, Far East, Middle East, South America, South East 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 such activities, especially those from the global South.
  • Who may not have had access to fellowship opportunities in the past.

 


Dates:

Deadline: January 31, 2022


Cost/funding for participants:

SUPPORT AND FUNDING

Residential fellows

  • 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. The programme also has a Resilience Fund to which Fellows can apply in the event of emergencies. Further information is available upon request.

Non-Residential fellows

  • Each Non-Residential Fellow receives support from a dedicated mentor who has been 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. The programme also has a Resilience Fund to which Fellows can apply in the event of emergencies. Further information is available upon request.
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