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Is the AFSEE Fellowship for you?

Are you a social change leader committed to advancing justice and equity? Do you want to understand the processes that are causing and deepening inequalities? Are you willing to join forces with a global network of peers to mount a collective challenge to inequality?

Via two tracks, Residential and Non-Residential, the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme combines rigorous academic coursework with practical approaches to fostering social change.

Who are we looking for?

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:

•    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.

Application and selection process

  • 5 September 2018: Applications open
  • 20 November 2018: Applications close
  • 18-22 February 2019: Interviews
  • 6 March 2019: Applicants notified

Applications are assessed both by AFSEE, and by external advisors including programme partners and Senior Fellows. Applicants are selected for interview based on the following criteria:

  • Life purpose and alignment with the AFSEE programme’s goals, vision, and values
  • The AFSEE programme’s alignment with the applicant’s background, vision, and potential
  • Engagement with inequalities
  • Leadership experience and potential
  • Access and need


Learn more about the Atlantic Fellowships

We will be holding webinar sessions in early October and early November involving both AFSEE Fellows and members of the AFSEE team. These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions about the Fellowship or the application process. You can submit questions in advance to

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Learn more about the Atlantic Fellowships

We will be holding a webinar for applicants on Tuesday 9 October at 10am UK time. The webinar will be recorded and posted for those who cannot attend. This session will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about and ask any questions about the Fellowship or the application process.

You can register your interest here.

You can submit questions in advance to

Answers to many common questions about the Atlantic Fellowships for Social and Economic Equity can be found in the AFSEE FAQs document.


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