2020 Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) Programme for Young South Africans

Deadline: January 27, 2020.

Fellowship in AFRE is about building community that is grounded in a deep respect and appreciation for diverse experiences and perspectives and what we can build collectively. The experience is immersive and dialogue-based, with substantial international travel. Fellows participate in four 5-day Modules during the year where they learn from each other, examine the histories and trends in the two countries, deepen their leadership skills, develop innovative projects, and collaborate to push forward each other’s work. Fellows further their understanding of race and equity through three video/teleconferences and a 4-day Learning Institute. In addition to these activities, Fellows interact with AFRE’s growing transnational community of Atlantic Senior Fellows and meet Fellows from the global community of Atlantic Fellows programmes.


This programme is for individuals who are committed to achieving equity, have a track record of significant impact, and deeply value dialogue with, and learning from, diverse perspectives and voices as a critical step towards achieving societal transformation. There are no academic qualifications required to apply.

Their Fellows share the following characteristics. They are:

  • Experienced in their field of work with a track record of impact in furthering racial equity
  • Proposing work with the potential to significantly advance the development of new policy, institutions and/or narratives for greater equity
  • Willing and able to navigate and learn from diversity and complexity on a local and global scale
  • Committed to working with and supporting others to achieve individual and collective impact.


AFRE supports Fellows’ participation and leadership development through:

  • International travel and accommodations in South Africa and the United States
  • Professional coaching and mentoring to advance projects in their communities
  • Communications services for public identity-development, including a headshot, bio, and media training
  • USD $10,000 in funding to cover personal costs associated with participation
  • Networking opportunities and financial resources to proto-type new ideas for advancing racial equity
  • Columbia University coursework upon graduation
  • Connection to a global community of Atlantic Fellows working for change



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