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Atlantic Fellows programme

The Atlantic Fellows programme for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute is a fantastic new opportunity for those from academic, third sector, campaign or policy-making organisations to explore the causes of inequalities.

Atlantic Fellows are a global community of leaders –activists, artists, journalists, health professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, teachers, lawyers, and others –working together across disciplines and borders to advance equity, justice and human dignity.
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Addressing the growth and tenacity of inequalities globally requires a sustained, comprehensive, ambitious, multi-disciplinary, cross-geographic response that includes the intentional building and nurturing of a well-connected cadre of social change leaders who can catalyse understanding of, and solutions to, the major problems associated with inequalities.

Such leaders are not easily identified or connected, as they are typically siloed in specific corporate, government or NGO work or in academic disciplines. Responding to this issue, and funded by a generous grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Atlantic Fellows programme will identify, prepare and connect cohorts of diverse, multidisciplinary and action-oriented leaders seeking comprehensive solutions to the structural and historic impediments that underpin inequalities globally.

Over the next 20 years the programme will support 600 Fellows in developing innovative understandings of inequalities and work toward finding real-world solutions. Drawn from both academia and from organisations actively working to combat inequalities, these Fellows will provide a range of perspectives and insights to their work, regularly coming together to help broaden the scope of their research and develop new approaches.

The Fellowships

There are three main tracks in the Atlantic Fellows programme. All Fellowships are fully funded, tailored to meet the time or financial needs of experienced professionals.

Applications for 2018-19 will open in October 2017. Register your details to be informed as soon as the Atlantic Fellowship applications open.

Residential Atlantic Fellowship

This track supports applicants in taking the one year MSc Inequalities and Social Science, with dedicated mentorship. The Fellowship will cover all fees, a stipend of £15,000 p/a and expenses for attendance at Atlantic fellowship events.

Applications for the 2017-18 cohort have now closed. Revisit this website / register your details for updates on the next round of applications.

Non-Residential Atlantic Fellowship

This track offers applicants a unique opportunity to study inequalities via a series of distinct, comprehensive short courses, with both academic and in-the-field work, comprising around seven weeks in total throughout the year.

Elements of the course will be undertaken with our Node Partner, University of Cape Town. In addition the Non-Residential Fellows will undertake practical project work, and contribute to the III Annual Conference (held at the end of each academic year) and other activities as part of the Atlantic Fellows programme.

These Fellowships are fully funded, with travel and accommodation costs covered where necessary, as well as reasonable daily expenses whilst taking part in the courses.

Applications for the 2017-18 cohort have now closed. Revisit this website / register your details for updates on the next round of applications. 

Visiting Atlantic Fellowship

This track is a fantastic opportunity for teams of three or four senior academics and practitioners to come together and undertake an intensive period of research that will create high profile advances in both academic understanding of and developing practical responses to the challenge of inequality.

The teams will be fully-funded, including reasonable travel, accommodation in London where needed and office space within the III, along with other reasonable research costs.

Applications for this round of Visiting Atlantic Fellowships have now closed. Please join our mailing list for updates on when applications will next be sought.

Building a lasting network

Creating long-lasting impact, each of the tracks will come together to form an ongoing community of Fellows who will be able to support one another after the conclusion of their Fellowships, offering advice to the network of Fellows, collaborating on future work and leading the way in challenging inequalities. Furthermore the Fellows will be a part of the wider Atlantic Fellows programme, bringing insights, expertise and collaboration from diverse regions and academic disciplines to tackle the greater challenges facing the world today. 

The Action for Equity Award

The Action for Equity Award from the International Inequalities Institute will recognise and reward the crucial work being advanced by civic organisations to combat inequalities around the world. Offering GBP 50,000 to support the winning organisation’s ongoing activities, the award will link the Atlantic Fellows network with dynamic and innovative organisations leading the fight for equity.

More information about the Award and the nomination process here.