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In 2019, the Atlantic Philanthropies, an international, limited-life foundation, established by entrepreneur Charles F. Feeney finalised its multi-million pound partnership with the Rhodes Trust, first announced three years earlier.

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COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT FOR A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS The Atlantic Fellows program is built on the idea that fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies requires leaders with diverse perspectives to collaborate on solutions and learn from one another. 

The Atlantic Institute in partnership with the Rhodes Trust connects the seven Atlantic Fellows programs, building a global community of courageous leaders who address systemic causes of inequity.

The Atlantic Institute provides Fellows and staff with the networks, architecture and resources to connect, learn and act to address the underlying systemic causes of inequity – locally and globally - by:

Atlantic Fellows Community
Building a catalytic lifelong community of leaders who connect, learn and collaborate across diverse perspectives

Programming and Impact
Providing courageous programming (face to face and virtual) that supports Fellows and staff to shift narratives, shape policy and create new solutions

Global Network and Sustainability
Building an extended community with strong strategic partners and alliances

Learning and Innovation
Driving a culture of reflection and learning allowing the Atlantic Institute to be responsive to changing needs, new technologies, and brave ideas

The emerging leaders who become Atlantic Fellows form a diverse international community of changemakers focused on the root causes of inequities.

Because the issues the Atlantic Fellows seek to address are much larger than any one community or nation could effectively tackle alone, or in the short term, the Institute is committed to supporting Fellows and their work in the world for the long haul.

Starting with a core Fellowship experience, Atlantic Fellows upon graduating join the lifelong community of Fellows, supported by The Atlantic Institute. The Institute provides long-term resources and opportunities to connect, learn and work together in order to tackle inequity. These include the organization of global convenings, an online platform for continuing connection, engagement and learning, and financial support to help Fellows connect and collaborate.

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“The Atlantic Fellows are energetic, diverse, international leaders who are acting on the world’s urgent needs and collaborating to build healthy and equitable societies. The Fellows’ work, individually and as a community, represents our highest aspirations for what our founder Chuck Feeney and The Atlantic Philanthropies set out to achieve over 35 years ago,” - Christopher G. Oechsli, Chair of the Atlantic Institute Governing Board and fmr. President and CEO of Atlantic Philanthropies.

The seven global Atlantic programs are:

  • Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health based at The Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, San Francisco
  • Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia based at The Equity Initiative at the China Medical Board in Bangkok
  • Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity based at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa based at TEKANO
  • Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity based at The University of Melbourne
  • Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg
  • Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity based at the George Washington University Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity

Meet some of our Fellows and find out about the work they are doing across the world on YouTube and Soundcloud.