An ambitious programme designed to build a global community of leaders dedicated to changing policy, practice and public dialogue around inequalities has been announced by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and The Atlantic Philanthropies.
Developed by LSE’s International Inequalities Institute (III) and led by III co-Directors Professors Sir John Hills and Mike Savage, the 20-year fellowship initiative will train the next generation of leaders seeking to influence and facilitate changes in global policy and practice to enable greater equality, opportunity and outcomes for all. It is expected that well over 600 Atlantic Fellows will be developed across geographic and disciplinary boundaries over the duration of the programme.
The 20-year Atlantic Fellows programme at the III is created with a grant of £64.4m ($91m) from The Atlantic Philanthropies. This is the largest philanthropic donation in LSE’s history.
LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun said: ‘No theme has been more central to the work of LSE throughout its history than addressing and trying to moderate inequality. No issue is more important to the UK or the world today. This remarkable grant will enable LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute to scale up faster, join students and researchers across departmental lines, and prepare generations of engaged practitioners to have an even more profound impact.’
Christopher G. Oechsli, President and Chief Executive Officer at The Atlantic Philanthropies said: ‘From its inception, Atlantic has invested in people and in their vision and ability to realise a better world. In our final year of grant-making, we’re making our largest philanthropic investment ever, in people. Atlantic’s grant to the LSE International Inequalities Institute is one of a series of big bets to create an interconnected set of Atlantic Fellows programmes.
‘Our vision for the Atlantic Fellows is to connect and empower a new generation of people who are committed to working together, across disciplines and borders, to build fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies. LSE’s values and commitment to excellence coupled with the International Inequalities Institute’s renowned leadership, multi-disciplinary approach, and ability to translate leading academic thinking into real policy and practice, make them an ideal partner and host for this programme.’
Aimed at academics, activists, policy-makers, journalists, lawyers, health professionals, cultural leaders, writers and creative artists, the Atlantic Fellows programme has been designed with the flexibility to offer different levels of engagement in order to create and continue to support an international community of diverse multidisciplinary and action-oriented leaders.
Participants will follow one of three tracks – residential at LSE over a full year; non-residential for periods over 12-18 months; and a programme for senior academics and practitioners to work together at LSE in teams to combine research and practical knowledge to respond to key challenges.