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? If you are nodding your head vigorously, then the Atlantic Fellowship for Social and Economic Equity is for you!

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

The Fellowship looks out for candidates with the attributes below:

  • 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 organizing 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The fellowship is 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) who do not otherwise have the resources to finance their participation in such activities, especially those from the global South and who may not have had access to fellowship opportunities in the past.

Application and selection process

  1. 5 September 2018: Applications open
  2. 20 November 2018: Applications close
  3. 18-22 February 2019: Interviews
  4. 6 March 2019: Applicants notified

There will be 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 [email protected]

Click here to learn more about the fellowship.

Good Luck!

Olabanji Jackson
Banji is an Environmental & Social Risk Analyst whose work involves reviewing the E&S implications of large scale projects and making a case for integrating sustainability in business models. He is passionate about micro-finance, financial literacy and growing social enterprises. In his spare time he loves to dabble in photography and creative non-fiction writing.